Tribal Forestry: Part 2 - Opportunities and Challenges for Tribal Forestry

April 30, 2009

The theme for this round of the Denman Forestry Issues Series is Trust and Transition: Perspectives on Native American Forestry. Three speakers focus on issues dealing with the stewardship of the natural resources located on the forest lands managed by Native American tribes, across America, in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Guy Kapoeman is Vice President of the Quinault Nation. In his talk, A Portrait Of Our Land, Kapoeman examines the relationship between the Quinault people and the United States federal government through the various phases of timber harvest, and discusses the implications for the tribe and the sustainability of its resources.

John Waconda, of the Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico, is the Southwest Regional Forester for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Waconda presents on cooperative forest management and tribal partnerships. Waconda describes some effective partnerships between different Native American tribes working toward a common goal of good forest stewardship and management. Waconda also discusses relationship between tribes and federal government land management agencies.

Terry Williams and Terry Grinaker, both of the Tulalip Tribes, discuss forestry issues facing Western Washington Native American tribes who have small land
bases.
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