Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bureau of Indian Affairs

The Taholah Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a U.S. Department of Interior government agency, maintains its location within the Quinault Division of Natural Resources building.

The Taholah Agency, staffed primarily by Quinault Indian Nation employees, receives program direction from the Quinault Indian Nation.

BIA staff work with QDNR and other tribal employees to maintain official allotment files and trust data and to provide services to individual landowners of the Quinault Indian Nation.

For almost 200 years, dating back to the role it played in negotiating treaty agreements between the United States and tribes in the late 18th and 19th centuries, the BIA has embodied the trust and government-to-government relationships between the U.S. and the Federally recognized tribes. Over the years, the BIA has been involved in the implementation of Federal laws that have directly affected all Americans. The General Allotment Act of 1887 opened tribal lands west of the Mississippi to non-Indian settlers, the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 granted American Indians and Alaska Natives U.S. citizenship and the right to vote, and the New Deal and the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 established modern tribal governments. The World War II period of relocation and the post-War termination era of the 1950s led to the activism of the 1960s and 1970s that saw the takeover of the BIA’s headquarters and resulted in the creation of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975. The Tribal Self-Governance Act of 1994 along with the Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act have fundamentally changed how the Federal Government and the tribes conduct business with each other.

 

The main activities of the BIA Taholah Agency are:

Timber sale preparation and administration on lands owned by individuals

 Realty support

 Forest program management for individuals

 Support of tribal timber sales and other tribal forestry activities

 

For more information please contact the following BIA team members at 360.276.8215:

Superintendent, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x531

Assistant to the Superintendent, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x538

Realty Specialist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x1025

Realty Specialist, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x545

Forestry Sales Administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x534

Pre-Sale Forester, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x381

Pre-Sale Forester, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x7813

Supervisory Forester, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x513

Forester II, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Forestry Accounting Technician, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x502

Forestry Clerk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. x506

 

Helpful Bureau of Indian Affairs links:

What is the BIA? (Wikipedia)

Who We Are (US DOI)

BIA Background and History (US DOI)

BIA's Impact on Indian Education

BIA Taholah Field Office

Clarence Pickernell

“This is my land
From the time of the first Moon till the time of the last Sun
It was given to my People
Wha-neh Wha-neh, the great giver of life, made me out of the Earth of this land
He said, ‘You are the land, and the land is you’
I take well care of this land, for I am part of it....”

-Clarence Pickernell, Taholah, WA

BIA Superintendent