Harry Jageman, President
Harry is a retired wildlife biologist who worked for the US Forest Service for over thirty years. He grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania and completed his undergraduate degree in forest science from Penn State University. He served in the US Air Force in Anchorage, Alaska and lived there prior to moving to work for the Forest Service. Harry completed his master’s degree in wildlife management at the University of Idaho. Since retirement he has completed his PhD in wildlife resources, studying the influence of forest management on Northern Pygmy-owls. Married with three grown children, Harry is concerned over the legacy we are leaving for future generations and believes working with FOC is one of the best ways to protect our national heritage.
Lucinda Simpson, Vice-President
Lucinda was raised on the Nez Perce Colville Reservation. Her mother, Edith William George was a full-blooded descendent of Chief Joseph Wallowa band of Nez Perce. Although Lucinda is retired today from an influential career in law enforcement, she has been an active and respected community member continually working to make her community stronger. Dr. Carolyn James documented her story in “Nez Perce Women in Transition, 1877-1990.” Lucinda worked for Indian Education in the Lewiston School as the first pre-school teacher for native students. She worked as a police officer and earned the rank of Sergeant while working for the Wenatchee, WA Police Department. She then returned to school and finished her bachelors’ degree in Criminal Justice before going back into law enforcement in the city of Orofino on the Nez Perce Reservation. Lucinda worked as a therapist for the Mounted Scholars Program, and continued her work in law enforcement. She helped the tribe transition for the first time from Bureau of Indian Affairs police jurisdiction to a tribal police force. Lucinda is a tribal elder and assists in ensuring practices and the traditions are adhered to when dealing with Treaty rights issues and activities.
Bill LaVoie, Secretary
Bill has over 20 years of experience in fisheries research, environmental consulting, stream ecology, and invertebrate taxonomy in the Pacific Northwest. Areas of specialty include salmonid ecology, hydroelectric facilities, fish passage, stream habitat assessment, aquatic bioassessments, ESA/NEPA planning, and watershed planning. He earned fisheries degrees from Michigan State University (B.S.) and the University of Wyoming (M.S.). In Bill’s words, “I look forward to contributing to the protection of wild places, educating the public, and promoting accountability and transparency among forest stakeholders in ways that research, planning and management too often fail to do”. Bill spends his spare time whitewater canoeing/rafting, shooting wood arrows with wood bows, roaming the forest, doing never ending house projects, putting food in the freezer, herding cats and dogs, and as a semi-retired small-time regional rock star.
Eva Hallvik, Treasurer
Eva is a licensed massage therapist who owns her own business, and has lived, worked, and been an ecosystem defense activist in both Hawaii and Alaska as well as Idaho. She appreciates Finnish-style sauna and country living.
Al is a retired fisheries biologist from the Clearwater National Forest. He was a private consultant (Espinosa Consulting) for eighteen years following his career with the Forest Service. He specializes in fishery-forest interactions, fish habitat and restoration, endangered species management, and biological assessments. Despite retirement, he will fight anyone or anything that threatens the wonderful resources of the Clearwater and Salmon River Basins.
Chris is Professor of Humanities at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, teaching courses in International Lit., Native American Lit, and Environmental Ethics. He has participated in tundra ecology research in northern Alaska and invasive aquatic plant biocontrol research in North Idaho lakes, and has served as visiting professor in China and Taiwan. Cheers for the Seahawks, but only when they’re not playing Green Bay. He has a MA in English, University of Virginia, 1986, PhD in English and African-American studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991, and is a long-time member of Friends of the Clearwater and American Civil Liberties Union.
Julian lived on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation and the Nez Perce Reservation when younger with his Aunt. As an enrolled Nez Perce he has been actively involved in environmental issues for the last 20 years primarily in response to threats made on or near the Treaty of 1855 and usual and accustomed areas. These areas are guaranteed to the Nimiipuu with the signing of the 1855 Treaty and in many instances, the federal, state or local governments or private interests interpret these rights quite differently than do the Nez Perce people. Julian is committed to ensuring that the Treaty Rights to hunt, fish and gather are kept and protected for those who come after us as the Treaty of 1855 signers protected these rights for us to this day. His main goal is to ensure that Tribal youth and adults are educated and have good knowledge of issues affecting our people and also making sure that we (the Nimiipuu) take an active role in protecting our Treaty rights. He has completed a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Gonzaga University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Idaho. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Idaho. Julian currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment a Tribal Non profit 501C Corporation.
The founder of Friends of the Clearwater, Steve is a fourth-generation Idahoan and a life-long subsistence farmer, hunter, and fisherman. He has served as a U.S. Marine, a smokejumper for the Forest Service, and a registered nurse with a B.S. in Nursing. Steve initiated the Cove Mallard Campaign, the Gray Wolf Committee, and the Clearwater Forest Watch and has written several Endangered Species Act petitions, too many timber sale appeals to count, and plenty of comments on public land management activities. He has also been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience while protesting on Forest Service land. In his free time, Steve sails his 28-foot Cape Dory sloop, presently berthed at Lago Isabel. He has sailed from Maine to Guatemala and from New York to Europe with his wife and friend Susan Nelson.
Elliott Moffett, Et peh lat keh, Son of Walter L. & Bernice Moffett, along with six siblings; grandparents: Sarah & Harry Moffett, Julia & William Allen, Delia & Joseph Williams; graduate of Kamiah High School, Nez Perce Indian Reservation (NPIR); Joel Tum yep tse yo & Meredith Ee tah la, son & daughter of Elliott and Reine; Vonda and Elliott’s son is Von Walter Moffett, Taqasa ‘yo xot ‘ipelikt. Elliott is a former Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee member/officer, and served as natural resources subcommittee chairman, Executive board of directors, Chairman Nez Perce Tribe Forest Products Enterprises, Inter-Tribal Timber Consortium, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commissioner (CRITFC). Elliott has worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs serving in high-level federal trust positions, as NEPA and an environmental coordinator. His education includes a political science degree from the University of Washington and certification as a federal program technician paralegal from the American Indian Law Center. Currently, Elliott is an employee of the Nez Perce Tribe Gaming Commission appointed as the Director. Elliott currently serves as the Chairman of the Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment a Tribal Non profit 501C Corporation.
Jeremiah spent his childhood roaming National Forest lands in Alaska, Montana, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Wisconsin and Arkansas. These experiences naturally led him to pursue biological research to better understand the maintenance of biological diversity. Jeremiah earned a BA in biology from the University of Chicago (2000) and a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Indiana University (2005). He currently serves as an associate professor of biology at Washington State University. Jeremiah enjoys the wild Clearwater country with his wife and friends and plays hockey on the side. He is excited to explore much more country on foot and kayak in the coming years, and to help protect our pristine wild lands for the foreseeable future.
Renee is a Diné and enrolled Nimiipuu mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, friend, and daughter of Mother Earth. Her area of research focuses on reclaiming Indigenous education, Indigenous feminism, and Indigenous methodologies through research that works to reclaim language, and decolonizing practices grounded in land, language, and culture. As a teacher educator, renée works with pre- and in-service teachers, and is a Project Director and Principal Investigator for a Native Teacher Preparation program, Titooqan Cuukweneewitusing culturally sustaining pedagogies at Washington State University.