was born at home
on the Skokomish Reservation and is a lifelong resident at Skokomish.
He graduated from Western Washington University and received an M.S.W. from the University of Washington.
A past Chairman of the Skokomish Tribal Council, he has been involved in tribal affairs for over 30 years.
Gary has nearly 30 years of experience working with the Indian Child Welfare Act locally, regionally, and nationally, including extensive training on the history and implementation of the Act.
helped negotiate the Washington Tribal/State agreement, signed in 1987.
He is a founding board member of the National Indian Child Welfare Association and currently serves as Board treasurer.
Gary is currently a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.