Vice President & Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Michael Karnosh, Ceded Lands Program Manager, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Michael (Vice President) began working for the Grand Ronde Tribe in 1996, shortly after earning his Bachelor’s in Forestry from the University of Idaho. For over ten years he worked as a Tribal forester on the Grand Ronde Reservation. During this time he attended the evening program at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, earning his Juris Doctor with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law in 2005.
In April 2007, the Tribe hired Michael as its first Ceded Lands Program Manager. The Ceded Lands Program represents the Tribe’s environmental and sovereignty interests over nearly 14 million acres of ceded lands, usual and accustomed areas, and aboriginal homelands. It facilitates government-to-government consultation as well as partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations. The Ceded Lands Program has played a part in numerous habitat restoration projects and in the Tribe re-acquiring nearly 700 acres of conservation lands to date.