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Forsman takes oath as member of federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Suquamish Chairman Leonard Forsman took the oath of office as a member of the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, July 18.
Forsman was sworn in by advisory council Chairman Wayne Donaldson and board member Dorothy Lippert, an archaeologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Lippert is Choctaw.
Forsman was appointed to the independent federal agency by President Obama in May. He now holds the member position reserved for a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization.
“I am excited and humbled to begin serving the ACHP,” Forsman said. “I hope to contribute to the ACHP mission of protecting historic properties, especially in Indian Country, drawing on my experience as an archaeologist, historian and tribal leader. Most of all, I hope I can help tribal and other communities to realize the cultural, social, economic and spiritual benefits of historic preservation in their respective communities.”
According to the White House announcement of May 8, Forsman has been chairman of the Suquamish Tribe since 2005. Previously, he was a research archaeologist for Larson Anthropological/Archaeological Services in Seattle from 1992 to 2003. From 1984 to 1990, he was director of the Suquamish Museum and has served on the museum Board of Directors since 2010.
Forsman has been vice president of the Washington Indian Gaming Association since 2010 and 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.
Forsman received a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Washington and an M.A. in historic preservation from Goucher College.”
“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.”
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 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 the Quapaw Tribe and Osage Nation, whose term had expired.
Forsman is one of two Suquamish Tribe officials to receive a presidential appointment. Last week, Obama announced his intent to appoint Rion Ramirez, general counsel of Suquamish's Port Madison Enterprises, to the Commission on White House Fellowships. His appointment is expected to become official within two weeks, according to the White House Communications Office.