Bureau of Indian Affairs Taholah Agency
The Bureau of Indian Affairs Taholah Agency, a U.S. Department of Interior government agency, maintains its offices within the Quinault Division of Natural Resources building.
The mission of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Taholah Agency is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs Taholah Agency, which is composed of primarily Quinault Indian Nation employees, receives program direction from the Quinault Indian Nation.
The BIA team works with the Quinault Division of Natural Resources and other tribal employees to maintain official allotment files and data and to provide services to individual landowners of the Quinault Indian Nation.
The primary functions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Taholah Agency are:
- Realty support
- Forestland management for individuals
- Support of Allotment & QIN timber sales and other tribal forestry activities
Bureau of Indian Affairs Serves 567 Tribes
The BIA carries out its core mission to serve 567 Federally recognized tribes through four offices. The Office of Indian Services operates the BIA’s general assistance, disaster relief, Indian child welfare, tribal government, Indian Self-Determination, and reservation roads programs. The Office of Justice Services directly operates or funds law enforcement, tribal courts, and detention facilities on Federal Indian lands. The Office of Trust Services works with tribes and individual American Indians and Alaska Natives in the management of their trust lands, assets, and resources. Finally, the Office of Field Operations oversees 12 regional offices and 83 agencies which carry out the mission of the Bureau at the tribal level.
The BIA’s responsibilities once included providing health care services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. In 1954, that function was legislatively transferred to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, now known as the Department of Health and Human Services, where it has remained to this day as the Indian Health Service (IHS). For information about the U.S. Indian Health Service, visit www.ihs.gov.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs Taholah Agency Team:
BIA Superintendent, Gregory Masten » 360.276.8215 x531
Assistant to the Superintendent, Rhonda Atencio » 360.276.8215 x538
Realty Specialist, Thea Bumgarner » 360.276.8215 x1025
Timber Administrator, Charley Capoeman » 360.276.8215 x534
Supervisory Forester, Eric North » 360.276.8215 x513
Forestry Accounting Technician, Mary Ann Ralston » 360.276.8215 x502
Forestry Clerk, Suzanne Spigler » 360.276.8215 x506