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Terry Williams

Terry WilliamsTerry R. Williams graduated with a BA in Law and Justice from Central Washington University. He is currently Commissioner of the Treaty Rights Office for the Tulalip Tribes, and has exercised leadership over the Fisheries and Natural Resources Department for 25 years. During that time he has also acted as Commissioner at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and Southern Panel Member of The Pacific Salmon Commission. Terry was on loan to EPA Headquarters in Washington DC in 1995 and 1996 acting as the first Director of the American Indian Environmental Office. He has held positions in the State of Washington on numerous commissions and committees within forestry, agriculture and Puget Sound planning and recovery over the past 26 years.

Terry is currently appointed to federal programs for review and assessment. These programs include the National Environmental Policy Act, President’s Forest Plan, Secretarial Order on the Endangered Species Act, Northwest Straits Commission, and Federal Climate Advisory Teams.

He has participated in negotiations and served on UW delegations at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Intellectual Property Organization for the past 15 years, advancing Tribal rights to and self-determination over natural resources and traditional knowledge.

His work at the Tulalip Tribes focuses on tribal jurisdiction, the advancement of tribal governance and the continued sustainability of Tribal culture.

Terry is also a Vietnam veteran.

Updated on February 10, 2012

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