Suquamish Chairman Leonard Forsman (National Museum of the American Indian)

Suquamish Chairman Leonard Forsman (National Museum of the American Indian)

Suquamish chairman Forsman appointed to key federal position

SUQUAMISH — President Obama announced on Nov. 3 his intent to re-appoint Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman to the Advisory Council on Historic Preser-vation, with the position of vice chairman.

Forsman’s appointment was one of nine to various commissions announced Nov. 3.

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 previously, a research archaeologist at Larson Anthropological and Archaeological Ser-vices, a consultant to the King County Arts Commission, and director of the Suquamish Museum. He received a B.A. from the University of Washington and an M.A. from Goucher College.

“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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