This is how influence works, and this is how easy it is for a rogue County staffer to wield influence in league with a power-hungry Conservation District. Below is the tribal contact list sent to Rosenkotter by Rawson. Then, below that is one of the emails sent by Rosenkotter to one of the tribal contacts without the knowledge of our Council or even so much as a cc to our Council. At the very bottom of this post, we have one of the tribal letters sent to the State in response to Rosenkotter's request ... again no cc by the tribe to our Council. It was all done on the QT.
We'll publish some of the other tribal letters in coming posts.
As of 12/12/2012 - Tribes and Tribal Chairs
Here are the names of the tribes and tribal chairs (in alphabetical order), along with others to whom the letter should probably be sent. As far as honorifics go, treat the tribal chairs as you would treat any other executive level leader of government.
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
1033 Old Blyn Highway
Sequim, WA 98328
William “Ron” Allen, Chair
(also send to Scott Chitwood, Natural Resources Director)
Lower Elwha Klallam tribe
2851 Lower Elwha Road
Port Angeles, WA 98363
Frances Charles, Chair
(also send to Doug Morrill, Natural Resources Director)
2616 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
Cliff Cultee, Chair
(also send to Merle Jefferson, Natural Resources Director; Eldon Hillaire, Natural Resources Commission Chairman; Randy Kinley, Policy Representative; Alan Chapman, ESA Coordinator)
Makah Tribe (not a tribe with U&A in the San Juans, but I think you wanted to send to them too)
P.O. Box 115
Neah Bay, WA 98357
Michael J. Lawrence, Chair
(also send to Russ Svec, Fishery Manager)
P.O. Box 157
Deming, WA 98244
Bob Kelly, Chairman
(also send to Gary McWilliams, Natural Resources Director)
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
31912 Little Boston Road NE
Kingston, WA 98346
Jeromy Sullivan, Chair
(also send to Paul McCollum, Natural Resources Director)
18490 Suquamish Way
Suquamish, WA 98392
Leonard Forsman, Chair
(also send to Rob Purser, Fisheries Director)
Swinomish Tribal Community
P.O. Box 817
11404 Moorage Way
La Conner, WA 98257
(also send to Lorraine Loomis, Fisheries Manager and Charlie O’Hara, Planning Director)
6406 Marine Drive
Tulalip, WA 98271
Melvin R. Sheldon, Jr., Chair
(also send to Ray Fryberg, Sr., Executive Director of Natural Resources; Terry R. Williams, Commissioner of Fisheries and Wildlife; Kit Rawson, Conservation Science Program Manager)
From: Barbara Rosenkotter
Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2013 10:43 AM
To: Stan Walsh (email@example.com)
Subject: San Juan Lead Entity Transition
As a follow up to our conversation yesterday, we are considering moving the fiscal agent for the San Juan / WRIA2 Lead Entity from San Juan County to the San Juan Islands Conservation District. As you may recall, the Lead Entity was originally housed within the San Juan Islands Conservation District when the Lead Entity program was established in the San Juans in 2000. It was moved to San Juan County in 2005.
Due to ever tightening county budgets San Juan County has sought to recoup additional overhead costs at the same time that federal and state funding for the Lead Entity program has been reduced. This has put an ongoing squeeze on the local program. As you know, the Lead Entity Coordinator position was reduced to part time this last year due to the reduction in funding.
The San Juan Islands Conservation District has offered to become the fiscal agent once again to house the Lead Entity program for San Juan / WRIA2. And is offering to do so at about half the overhead costs that San Juan County requires. It seems like a prudent step to accept this offer to move the Lead Entity program back to the local Conservation District. This move will allow for more funding to support the actual program and require less of the funding to be expended on overhead costs.
Based on the Salmon Recovery RCW 77.85 it is our understanding that tribal governments should be consulted regarding the proposed fiscal agent change for the San Juan / WRIA 2 Lead Entity program (see the statutory language below). And in consultation with Lloyd Moody of the Governors Salmon Recovery Office and the Recreation and Conservation Office, who oversees the Lead Entity programs across the state, he has confirmed that tribal governments would need to provide their support by letters or resolutions.
Thus this email to you requesting your assistance to provide a tribal letter of support or resolution in support of the change in fiscal agent for the San Juan / WRIA2 Lead Entity.
Please let me know if you perceive any issues with this request and how I may be of assistance.
Lead Entity Coordinator for Salmon Recovery
San Juan County / WRIA2
PO Box 947
135 Rhone Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Habitat project lists.
(1)(a) Counties, cities, and tribal governments must jointly designate, by resolution or by letters of support, the area for which a habitat project list is to be developed and the lead entity that is to be responsible for submitting the habitat project list. No project included on a habitat project list shall be considered mandatory in nature and no private landowner may be forced or coerced into participation in any respect. The lead entity may be a county, city, conservation district, special district, tribal government, regional recovery organization, or other entity.
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