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Alaska Native Liaison Named


An experienced federal tribal programs manager has been selected to serve as the National Park Service’s Alaska Regional Native Liaison.

Jean Gamache has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for more than 13 years in Anchorage and San Francisco, where she most recently served as manager of the Tribal Programs Office for the Pacific Southwest Region.

She will begin her new position on March 13 in Anchorage. “We’re very happy to have Jean Gamache join the Alaska Region’s management team, and look forward to her work in expanding our relationships with tribes and organizations, and involving them in discussions on issues that may affect them,” said Sue Masica, NPS Alaska Regional Director. Areas of likely work will include local hire practices, tribal consultation, subsistence and other wildlife management issues, and implementation of the Indian Self-Determination Act.

Gamache is an enrolled member of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. She holds a law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a B.S. from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Alaska to work with the National Park Service and with rural Alaskan communities.”

She has served as a tribal representative to the EPA’s National Environmental Justice Council and the National Tribal Operations Committee. For more than 29 years, her summers were spent fishing commercially for salmon in Bristol Bay.

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