WHC Advisory Board Member
Quinault Tribe, Tahola
President and Executive Director – 1993 to 2006
Quinault Business Committee Chairman – 1993 to 2006
Pearl Capoeman-Baller, a Quinault Tribal member, served as the President of the Quinault Indian Nation and
Executive Director of the Nation’s administrative unit for 13 years. She is married with two children and
one little red head granddaughter named Chase McKenzie Baller and a grandson, born September 10, 2004
Tutesum (Quinault-Strong Hunter of the Valley) James Baller. Pearl and her husband John reside on the
Quinault reservation near Taholah, Washington.
Ms. Capoeman-Baller grew up in an extended family environment. Her mother died of cancer when Pearl was 5
and her father was highly involved in the political arena. As a result, though Pearl saw her father almost
daily, she was raised mostly by older family members – grandparents and great uncles and aunts. From each,
Pearl believes she was given something that helps her to lead her people.
Pearl got her start in the political arena as a founding member of the Quinault Teen Council in the late
1960’s. They held their own elections, were given seed money, and developed policies that they had to manage.
Pearl finished high school, attended college, and then took a position as an administrative secretary for the
Nation. At the age of 19 Pearl was elected to serve on the Tribal Council. Since then, Ms. Capoeman Baller
has held several Officer positions on the Council: Tribal Secretary, Vice President, and President since 1993.
In addition, Pearl has served as the Assistant Director of Administration, Director of Administration, and now,
Executive Director for the Nation’s administrative unit.
Throughout her tenure Pearl has served on numerous organizations. Some of the organizations she has served on
include the following:
- HHS Consultation Task Force Team, Co-Chair
- IHS Consultation Task Force Team, Co-Chair
- Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Member, Secretary, Vice Chair, and Current Chairman.
- National Tribal Environmental Council-Delegate, and Current Chair
- National American Delegate to Trust for Public Lands Board
- Secretary Washington State Tribal Leaders Association
- National Congress of American Indians
- Affiliated Tribes of Norwest Indians
- Tribal Caucus Member- (AIEO)
- Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services, Tribal Technical Advisory Grout (TTAG) Representative 2003
- Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
- National Indian Health Board, Board Member
- National Tribal Development Association
- Elks Club
- Quinault Enrollment Committee
- Quinault Fish & Game Committee
- Quinault Land & Timber Enterprises Board of Directors
- Quinault Indian Nation Health Board.
Pearl has received many acknowledgements and awards in recognition for her contributions to Indian Country.
She was acknowledged by the National Indian Health Board for her many years of service; was chosen as the
delegate of the year by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board for 1991 and 1996; was one of several
Indian women honored at a conference hosted by the Pine Ridge Sioux; Was honored by the Chippewa Cree for
being an outstanding leader; Was one of sixteen tribal leaders selected to participate in the first ever
Tribal-White House meeting; participated as a key tribal leader in the first ever National Tribal Listening
Conference; received certificates throughout her leadership from the Indian Health Service for serving on
numerous task forces; was selected to testify before Congress, and was a Native American delegate at the
National Democratic Convention in 1996 and 2000.