The Smith River Rancheria Tribal Council and Tribal Administrator were in Washington, DC from February 11 through February 13 to meet with Congressmen, Senators, and their staff, from California and Oregon. Meetings were held with Senator Ron Wyden and Congressmen Jared Huffman and Peter DeFazio. Council also met with Joaquin Esquivel from Senator Barbara Boxer’s office.
Council met with Eileen Garry, Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance (U.S. Department of Justice), Matthew Kirkland, Division Chief for Real Estate Services (Bureau of Indian Affairs), Stacy Bohlen, Executive Director of the National Indian Health Board, Fred Clark, Director-Office of Tribal Relations (U.S. Forest Service), and with Lillian Sparks, Administration for Native Americans. Council also met with Bob Sparrow, Tribal Transportation Program Manager (Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration FHWA). Smith River Rancheria has been chosen as a pilot project for FHWA grant funded projects that will begin in the near future.
While Council was in Washington, DC, some meetings were cancelled due to the government being shut down for a day because of a snow storm. Council used the time to review the Smith River Rancheria Strategic Plan.