Quinault Culture Department
The Quinault Culture Department believes that we are a nation that draws strength from the values of our past and the resources within our community to manifest our shared future. We are a healthy, thriving and sustainable community that inspires hope and self-reliance in our people, Our youth share the responsibilities of leadership and are prepared to take care of their future. We recognize the contribution of each citizen, honor authentic engagement and open communication, and have deep reverence for the Quinault Spirit that shines through our people, our ways, and our beautiful lands. » 2017 Quinault Forest Management Plan
Cultural and Historic Resource Protection Act
In 2012, the Quinault Indian Nation approved its own Cultural and Historic Resource Protection Act. The Act provides for an official Quinault registry of historic and culturally significant sites and resources. It requires that they be “preserved and protected to the maximum extent possible.”
Consultation with the Quinault Indian Nation Cultural Resource Specialist is required prior to ground-disturbing activities such as timber harvest on Quinault lands and within the Nations areas of interest, primarily within the Chehalis watershed. Federal agencies must consult with Indian tribes that attach religious and cultural significance to historic properties, regardless of their location. The goal is to protect cultural and natural resources such as archaeological sites, traditional indigenous use sites, forests, clean air and water, fish and wildlife in addition to the habitat that all require to survive and thrive.
At this time, agencies with programs within the Quinault area of interest must consult with the Quinault Tribal Historic Preservation Office or THPO.
Cultural Resources Specialist, Justine James, Jr » 360.276.8215 x7330
Quinault Archivist/Curator, Tootie James » 360.276.8215 x6102
Archaeologist/THPO, Naomi Brandenfels » 360.276.8215 x7309
Archaeologist, Melissa “Faith” Webster » 360.276.8215 x7006
Historic Preservation Tech, Lia Frenchman » 360.276.8215 x7381
Additional Quinault Culture Department Resources:
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) can be a powerful tool for managing the impacts of the modern world on “cultural resources” such as historic buildings, historic districts, archaeological sites, Native American traditional places, and traditional ways of life. Additional information at this link: National Preservation Institute