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Molly Pitts

  1. 1. Tribal Energy Conference March 18, 2009 by Don Motanic Intertribal Timber Council Update 2009
  2. 2. Meeting 2009 Background Invitation to participate with ITC Symposium Webpage Streaming Video SAF Conference
  3. 3. Background On ITC & Roles <ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Methods </li></ul><ul><li>ITC Principles with initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Working with tribes </li></ul><ul><li>How to improve collaboration </li></ul>
  4. 4. History <ul><li>ITC formed in 1976 as a Non-Profit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1976-1990 ITC records kept with Warm Springs Tribe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1991-present ITC records and office in Portland, Oregon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To improve communications with BIA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tribal lawsuits were increasing mid-1970’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tribe and BIA forestry wanted collaboration </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. History <ul><li>ITC has conducted 32 national symposia since 1976 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proceedings are developed for each symposium </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General format has been followed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>General Session </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Host tribe field trip </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All day workshop with 2-3 issues scoped out to include findings and recommendations </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Purpose <ul><li>To improve Indian forest resource management </li></ul><ul><li>Provides information </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates communication among tribes, intertribal organizations and other organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage the training and development of Indian foresters. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Activities <ul><li>Annual symposium provides workshops with findings and recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Raises funds and awards scholarships to tribal students studying natural resources – since 1988 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>199 scholarships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$400,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Coordinates projects such as the 10 year periodic Assessment of Indian Forestland and Management </li></ul>
  8. 8. Methods <ul><li>Operates under the direction of a Board of Directors consisting of eleven Tribes. </li></ul><ul><li>The Board is elected by the 60 member tribes. </li></ul><ul><li>Two person staff coordinates with tribal volunteers and project contractors. </li></ul><ul><li>The projects are determined by the Board of Directors. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Methods <ul><li>ITC operates with 6 committees with staff donated by tribes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Operations which works on board assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Also a Fire Subcommittee within Operations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Symposium which works on annual meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education which implements education plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finance which reviews budgets and investments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awards which annually acknowledges regional and national contributors to Indian forest management </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. ITC Principles with Initiatives (i.e., National Fire Plan) <ul><li>Not purporting to speak on behalf of Tribal governments </li></ul><ul><li>Not committing them to any course of action </li></ul>
  11. 11. Working with Tribes <ul><li>Recognized they are a government and not an “interest group” </li></ul><ul><li>Tribes may have reserved treaty rights on federal land, such as forest service land </li></ul><ul><li>Federal relationship is not just w/ BIA but all federal agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Try to understand individual tribal values </li></ul>
  12. 12. How ITC improved collaboration <ul><ul><li>Focused on national over-arching issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Symposium recommendations 1976-87 fell into four categories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resource management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tribal Sovereignty </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. How to improve collaboration (continued) <ul><li>BIA helped fund national tribal marketing study in 1985 and updated in 1991 </li></ul><ul><li>ITC used four categories to develop a strategic plan called Vision 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>100+ symposium recommendations over 10 years were synthesized to develop the 1990 National Indian Forest Resources Management Act (NIFRMA) </li></ul><ul><li>400 recommendations over 30 years </li></ul>
  14. 14. How to improve collaboration (continued) <ul><ul><li>NIFRMA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Required a 10-year periodic assessment of Indian forest land </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Directed the federal government to acknowledge tribal laws </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clarified timber sale administration process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Developed Indian Forest Education program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10-year independent assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Federal funding tribal land was 35% of other federal land </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommended a separate organization or agency to monitor trust </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommended timber sale administration improvements </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. How to improve collaboration <ul><li>Final advise on how ITC has been successful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tribal leaders have been involved from the beginning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ITC president acts as organization executive director with assistance of program manager, Joann Reynolds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tribal and federal partners in ITC have been a family now over 30 years </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Invitation to Participate with ITC <ul><li>ITC President Nolan Colegrove….. </li></ul>
  17. 17. ITC Board of Directors Meetings <ul><li>Date Location </li></ul><ul><li>February 20–23, 2009 Palm Springs, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Apr 20–23, 2009 (annual symposium) Lewiston, ID </li></ul><ul><li>June 23–24, 2009 Cherokee, NC </li></ul><ul><li>September 12–14, 2009 Mescalero, NM </li></ul><ul><li>December 8-10, 2009 Portland, OR </li></ul>
  18. 18. 2009 Symposium “Branching Out, Opportunities to Enhance Management of Tribal Forests” <ul><li>Monday workshops- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carbon Sequestration Contracting, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bio Control of Noxious Weeds, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire Tools (GIS) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Farm Bill, USFS State & Private, Emerging Forest Products Markets </li></ul><ul><li>Field Trip - Wednesday </li></ul><ul><li>General members meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Butch Blazer-National Assoc State Foresters </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire Contracting – Coord. Erickson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing Forest Products – Coord. Motanic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring the Effectiveness of Fuel Treatments – Coord. Ed Brunson </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. ITC Webpage
  20. 20. ITC Webpage - Training
  21. 24. How Stream Video Works
  22. 25. Streaming Video
  23. 26. Streaming Video
  24. 27. Streaming Video
  25. 28. UW Streaming Video GIS Courses
  26. 29. UW Streaming Video GIS Courses
  27. 30. UW Streaming Video GIS Courses
  28. 31. Streaming Video 2008 SAF <ul><li>National Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Forest Products </li></ul><ul><li>Fire History </li></ul><ul><li>Yakama Indian Nation </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Policies </li></ul>
  29. 32. SAF and AISES Exhibit
  30. 33. SAF Tribal Tour Washoe Tribe
  31. 34. Streaming Video Now Online
  32. 35. Streaming Video Online
  33. 36. Bioresource-based Energy for Sustainable Societies <ul><ul><li>Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT)- University of Washington Engineering School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Eligibility </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students seeking PhD – Master requirement can be waived with enough experience </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>U.S Citizens </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seeking Native American Students </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Aid </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>8 quarters financed w/ $7,500 per qtr stipend </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tuition paid </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health benefits </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.bioenergy.washington.edu </li></ul></ul></ul>
  34. 38. AISES <ul><li>American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>12,000 Indian science and engineers in US </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009 National Conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Portland, Oregon </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>October 29 – 31, 2009 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Convention Center </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2400 professionals and students attend </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Corporation and government agencies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hire on the spot </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Looking for any tribal support – ATNI resolution 09-13 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.aises.org </li></ul></ul>
  35. 39. The End

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