Natural Resources Subcommittee
Report for May 2009
- Brooklyn D. Baptiste, Chairman
- McCoy Oatman, Vice Chairman
- Julia A. Davis-Wheeler
- Tonia B. Garcia
- Joanna F. Marek
- Joel T. Moffett
- Larry M. Greene Jr.
- Rebecca A. Miles
- Shirley McCormack - staff assistant
- Cultural Resources - Brooklyn D. Baptiste, Joanna F. Marek, McCoy
Oatman, Larry M. Greene Jr.
- In-Lieu Site/Treaty Access Fishing Sites - Rebecca A. Miles, Joel T.
Moffett, Tonia B. Garcia, Larry M. Greene Jr.
- Hells Canyon - Rebecca A. Miles, Tonia B. Garcia, Joanna F. Marek
- Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative - Larry M. Greene Jr., Delegate; Joel
T. Moffett, Alternate; Julia A. Davis-Wheeler
- CERT - Joanna F. Marek, Tonia B. Garcia, Larry M. Greene Jr.,
Joel T. Moffett
- Inter Tribal Timber Council - Rebecca A. Miles, Delegate; McCoy
Oatman, Alternate; Larry M. Greene Jr.
- ERWM - Rebecca A. Miles, Brooklyn D. Baptiste, Larry M. Greene
Jr., Tonia B. Garcia
- Emergency Response Team - McCoy Oatman,
Larry M. Greene Jr., Julia A. Davis-Wheeler
- CRITFC Officer - Rebecca A. Miles
- Utility Board - Julia A.
Davis-Wheeler, Tonia B. Garcia, Larry M. Greene Jr.
- FERC - Brooklyn D. Baptiste, Rebecca A. Miles, Joel T. Moffett, Larry M. Greene Jr.,
Tonia B. Garcia, McCoy Oatman
- FARR - Joanna F. Marek, Rebecca A. Miles
Larry M. Greene, Jr.,
Tonia B. Garcia, Alternate -
Pacific Salmon Commission
Rebecca A. Miles, Brooklyn D. Baptiste, Tonia B. Garcia,
McCoy Oatman, Alternate -
Fish & Wildlife Commission will be the alternate on all
The Natural Resources Subcommittee meets every first and third Tuesdays
of the month at 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. (Open to Tribal members).
To strive toward developing and improving governmental services, exercising
and protecting tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, improving and maintaining the Nez Perce way
Expand and protect our precious natural resources, which are fundamental to
who we are as a people, including an expanded land base, access to traditional
resources, and the protection of the vast family of fish, birds, vegetation and
wildlife which depend on the health of an environment.
Department of Fisheries Resource Management, Department of Natural Resources
Administration, Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Committee, Environmental Restoration &
Waste Management, Forestry, Water Resources, Wildlife, Land Services and
- The Natural Resource Subcommittee has met in regular sessions with all of
the program components and have had many federal and state agencies at the
table to discuss a number of issues concerning the Tribe.
- The Department of Fisheries Management has been very active in their
struggle to maintain and restore the many species of endangered fish as well
as the habitat that protects them.
- Throughout the last several months, Fisheries has been engaged in numerous
projects that have been approved at the Natural Resource Subcommittee and
then ratified at the full NPTEC.
- From culvert replacement to riparian buffer zones, the Fisheries Department
has strived to improve habitat and the quality of water that would sustain
those endangered watersheds.
- The Fisheries Program also plays a key role in Columbia river issues and
how they relate to the many federal and state policy working groups.
- The Pacific Lamprey (eel) is another species that has become threatened and
will continue to be one of the Fisheries Programs key objectives in
- the Tourism Department has just finished the Nez Perce Tribe's signature
event. This event took many long hours of meetings in the subcommittee
as well as many other locations to facilitate the needs of this particular
event. The subcommittee did meet with many of the partners who
provided the funding as well as housing the larger amount of people that it
took to engage each particular event. This event provided a more
diverse view of the Nez Perce Tribe as well as how the membership live to
- The Environmental Restoration and Waste Management (ERWM) Program provides
a key resource to the Tribe by actively providing not only the technical
expertise but also the many cultural aspect to waste clean-up and
preservation on the Hanford Nuclear Site. The ERWM program has also
provided to the subcommittee insights to a number of growing problems to the
policy related issues. Through the programs "end Vision Statement,"
they have provided the Tribe with the ability to pilot that restoration
- The Forestry Program continues to actively manage the Tribes valuable
timber resources and provide healthier forests for the Tribal membership.
The Forestry Program has brought fort many contracts for reforestation and
thinning project across the reservations many Tribal units.
- The program has implemented through the Natural Resource Subcommittee,
many forestry initiatives and practices that will eventually benefit our
children and their future.
- The Water Resource Program has been in constant contact with the
subcommittee on pending issues like the waste treatment facility and other
urban water projects. Through the departments efforts, the Water
Resources has built a strong record for the environmental troubles the Tribe
faces. They have also pushed through the subcommittee a number of contracts
that will help build the Tribe in to a more self sufficient entity.
- The program has also brought forth a number of key policy related issues
in front of the subcommittee. They have been in working with the
federal agencies in order to maintain that trust responsibility and secure
that funding needed to ensure a better water quality resource for the Tribe.
- The Wildlife Program which is charged with the responsibility of
maintaining the Nez Perce Tribe's enormous wildlife population as well as
protection of those resources has been busy with the continued wolf recovery
and now the big horn sheep recovery efforts. The program works with
many state and federal agencies in achieving this recovery effort and brings
these important key players to the Natural Resource Subcommittee for
discussion and review. They are actively involved in habitat
restoration and are currently working with other natural resource programs
to achieve a higher level of management for the Tribe.
- The Cultural Resource Program has also been that key resource to the
subcommittee on repatriation issues and many other tribally involved topics.
The program has had many contracts pass through the subcommittee but also
serves as the vehicle for the Nez Perce Tribe to assert historical and
cultural presence to many of these federal agencies. They are
currently working with the Army Corp of Engineers on a large number or
repatriation issues. The program works with other tribes to facilitate
these large amounts of repatriations and hopes to continues these
relationships in the future.
- The Natural Resource Subcommittee has met with several federal agencies
in the chambers as well as a number of state organization to better the Nez
Perce Tribe's position as a major influence in the region.
- The subcommittee strives to work with the Tribe's programs as well as
the Fish and Wildlife Commission in order to maintain a good working
relationship which will provide the Tribe, as a whole, a better environment.