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Home arrowNews arrowMay 10, 2013

President Appoints Leonard Forsman to ACHP

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to appoint Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) member position that represents an Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization.

“Leonard Forsman is well-known to members and staff of the ACHP as someone whose experience and expertise we have benefited from for many years,” said Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, ACHP chairman. “The ACHP’s mission of promoting the preservation and appreciation of the nation’s multi-faceted rich cultural heritage will be greatly aided by his knowledge and experience.”

Forsman had this to say about his pending appointment. “I look forward to working with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, who has shown good progress in addressing issues that are important in Indian Country, especially in respect to protection of sacred places and traditional cultural landscapes, issues that have been an academic and professional interest of mine. President Obama has been a good friend to Indian Country, and I am humbled by this opportunity.”

According to the White House announcement on May 8: “Leonard Forsman is Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, a position he has held since 2005. Previously, he was a research archaeologist for Larson Anthropological/Archaeological Services in Seattle, Washington, from 1992 to 2003.  From 1984 to 1990, he was Director of the Suquamish Museum in Suquamish, Washington, and has served on the Museum Board of Directors since 2010.  He has been Vice President of the Washington Indian Gaming Association since 2010 and has been a member of the Washington State Historical Society Board since 2007, the Suquamish Tribal Cultural Cooperative Committee since 2006, and the Tribal Leaders Congress on Education since 2005. Mr. Forsman received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington and an M.A. in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.”

Forsman will receive the oath of office at the time of the ACHP’s next business meeting, which will be July 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

The 23-member ACHP is comprised of members designated by legislation whom are largely directly appointed by the President. In addition to the heads of several federal agencies, citizen and expert members, ACHP members also include a currently serving governor, mayor, and a member of an Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization. The position was formerly held by John Berrey, a member of both the Quapaw Tribe and Osage Nation, whose term had expired.


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