Leonard Forsman, Suquamish Tribal Chairman

Forsman, Brower Appointed to Key Federal Positions

Richard Walker

President Obama appointed Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman and Charles D. Brower of the Native Village of Barrow to key administration posts, the White House announced on November 3.

Obama appointed Forsman vice chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and appointed Brower to the U.S.–Russia Polar Bear Commission. Obama announced a total of nine appointments.

Obama appointed Forsman as a member of the advisory council in May 2013. (That year, Obama also appointed Suquamish Tribe general counsel Rion Ramirez, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.)

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation “promotes the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation’s diverse historic resources,” its mission states, and advises the president and Congress on national historic preservation policy. The advisory council is the only entity with the legal responsibility to encourage federal agencies to factor historic preservation into federal project requirements. Federal agencies have to take into account the effects of their undertakings on properties listed, or eligible for listing, on the National Register of Historic Places.

Forsman has been Suquamish chairman since 2005. He was Suquamish’s spokesman from 2003-05, a research archaeologist at Larson Anthropological and Archaeological Services from 1992-2003, and a consultant to the King County Arts Commission from 1991-92.

He served as director of the Suquamish Museum from 1984-1990 and was a research assistant at the Suquamish Tribe Cultural Center from 1982-84. He received a B.A. from the University of Washington and an M.A. from Goucher College.

Brower, Inupiaq, was first appointed to the Polar Bear Commission in 2010 as the alternate commissioner representing the Native People of Alaska. The commission determines the annual taking limit for the Alaska-Chukotka polar bear population. “This annual taking limit, which corresponds with the annual sustainable harvest level for this population, is 58 polar bears per year, of which no more than 19 will be females,” the commission’s website states. “Under the Agreement, the annual taking limit is to be shared equally between the United States of America and the Russian Federation.”

Brower also serves as chairman of the Alaska Nanuuq Commission, chairman of the Eskimo Walrus Commission, and member of the Federal Subsistence Board. He served as general manager of the Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation from 2006-13, wildlife director for the Native Village of Barrow in 2006, and wildlife department director for the North Slope Borough from 1986-2005.

“The talent and expertise these individuals bring to their roles will serve our nation well,” Obama said in a statement announcing the appointments. “I am grateful for their service and look forward to working with them.”

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