History of Tribal Forestry in Oregon: Reservation-Termination-Restoration-Transformation

Wednesday, February 13, 3:30-5 p.m.

La Sells Stewart Center, C&E Hall

Don MotanicTechnical SpecialistIntertribal Timber Council


This presentation will provide background on how the reservations and tribal forest programs in Oregon were established, some terminated/restored and transformed through the Doctrine of Discovery, Lewis and Clark Expedition,  the Oregon Trail, 1840-1880 Railroad Land Grants, 1850 Donation Land Act, then the various federal laws restoring and transforming reservations and tribal forestry today and for the future.

Don Motanic, enrolled member of the Confederated Tribe of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, BS Forest Engineering, University of Washington. Currently a Technical Specialist with the Intertribal Timber Council in Portland, Oregon. His background includes Rocky Mountain Regional Forester, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Forest Manager on the Umatilla and Spokane Reservations, Forest Engineer on the Yakama Reservation and the first tribal representative on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group. He’s involved with SAF, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Washington Ag Forestry Leadership Foundation, WSU-Vancouver Native American Advisory Council and past president with Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.