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Derek K.
Democrat WA 6

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  • Recognizing Suquamish Tribe Chairman, Mr. Leonard Forsman, for His Nomination to the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

    by Representative Derek Kilmer

    Posted on 2013-12-10

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    KILMER of washington in the house of representatives Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Mr. KILMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a long-time leader in Kitsap County and the Suquamish Tribe, Chairman Leonard Forsman. His service to the Suquamish Tribe and Greater Puget Sound Region of Washington State has positively impacted the environment and community.

    Mr. Forsman has been nominated by the President to serve as a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an independent agency that advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy.

    Mr. Forsman has served on the Suquamish Tribal Council for over 20 years and has served as Tribal Chairman since 2005, where he has been an advocate for tribal education, cultural preservation, gaming policy, and habitat protection.

    As Chairman, Mr. Forsman has supported preserving the cultural identity of the Suquamish Tribe. He remains committed to educating both his tribe and the larger community on their history, including usage of Suquamish names throughout the Puget Sound. He also travels as a puller on the Tribe's traditional canoe on the annual Tribal Canoe Journey, legging hundreds of miles on the Salish Sea. The Tribal Canoe Journey brings together many tribes from the Pacific Northwest to celebrate native art, culture, and history. Mr. Forsman's work has ensured that the history of the Suquamish Tribe will continue to be part of our region's shared heritage.

    Whether it's his degrees in both Anthropology and Historical Preservation, his career as a research archaeologist, or his service as a member of the Washington State Historical Society Board since 2007, it's clear that Mr. Forsman's educational and professional background will bring a high degree of expertise to the Advisory Council.

    As I close, I can say with confidence that Leonard Forsman's dedication to his tribe's history and cultural identity has enriched the Greater Puget Sound area. I am pleased to recognize that dedication today in the United States Congress.


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