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Susan M. Masten

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Vice Chairperson

Yurok Tribe
190 Klamath Blvd
Klamath , California 95548
United States

Company Description: The Yurok Tribe, the largest tribe in California, has 5,500 members. The Tribe's ancestral territory runs eighty-three miles along the California coastline from the...   more
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Employment History

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  • AA degree
    Charter High School
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Yurok Tribal Council
www.yuroktribe.org, 17 Jan 2015 [cached]
Susan Masten, Vice Chairperson
smasten@yuroktribe.nsn.us
"The attention to the details has ...
www.triplicate.com, 30 July 2014 [cached]
"The attention to the details has made this a nicer facility than most places you see on the North Coast," said Susan Masten, vice-chair of the Yurok Tribal Council.
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Since the 1964 Christmas Flood wiped out the once-bustling town of Klamath, there has been very little economic growth in the town, said vice-chair Masten, but the tribe's projects, including the hotel, are intended to "revitalize the town of Klamath." Masten said the Redwood Hotel Casino is just one component of the tribe's larger vision for the town of Klamath, creating a "win-win" for the whole community. A visitor center that will "showcase our culture and traditions and provide information about things to do in the area" and an amphitheater are currently under construction, Masten said. The tribe will also break ground on a new justice center and will redevelop existing retail space as part of a larger retail development project. Along with the Redwood Hotel, another completed component of the tribe's plan is the Yurok Culture and Knowledge Park, which gives visitors the opportunity to look at examples of the architecture of traditional Yurok homes and sweathouses and the different plants and wildlife that are found in the area. "We wanted to create this vision for the townsite that lets you know that you're in Yurok country," Masten said. A hotel was a necessary component for the vision the tribe has for visitors in order to "make sure that visitors feel welcome in this place that we live," Masten said. While some have been critical of another casino opening in Del?Norte County, Masten said that the casino is a small component of the tribe's plans for Klamath and that it will be the "smallest casino in the state of California. "We have all of these other projects that we want to do that are more important or just as important as the casino," Masten said.
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Masten noted that the projects coming to fruition this year were chosen in a referendum by Yurok tribal members. "The Yurok people chose to do this," Masten said.
2003 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award Honoree: Susan Masten
www.ecotrust.com, 20 April 2012 [cached]
Honoree: Susan Masten
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Susan Masten Susan Masten (Photo courtesy Northwest Indian Fish Commission) Download a hi-res image: right-click here and select Save As (4.6mb TIF)
"I'm a firm believer that when you have capabilities as individuals or organizations, you have the responsibilities to be a part of making your communities healthier and more prosperous." -Susan Masten
Susan Masten is honored as a finalist for the 2003 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award for her work advocating the legal and human rights of indigenous communities on a local, state and national level over the past 25 years. She is the Yurok Tribal Chairperson and lives in Hoopa along the Northern California coast.
Masten has served as co-chair of the National Trust Reform Task Force. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Indian Law Resource Center. Masten has given more than 100 keynote addresses and presentations to numerous organizations including the University of Oregon's Environmental Racism Conference, National Indian Education Association and President Clinton's Digital Divide Roundtable.
While serving as president of the National Congress of American Indians, Masten advocated for Native Americans on a variety of issues including energy, natural resource management, housing and sovereignty protection. Masten also served as the National Congress of American Indians First-Vice President from 1994 to 1996.
Masten attended college at Oregon State University and was elected one of the original presidents of the Native American Student Association. After graduation, she returned to California and worked for United Indian Development Association as a promotion and marketing specialist.
Masten then returned to the Yurok reservation and helped to secure the tribe's "not less than fifty percent of harvest" of salmon on the Klamath River. From 1988 to 1991, she served as a Yurok Transition Team Member to implement the Hoopa-Yurok Settlement Act. Masten also served on the Intertribal Monitoring Association on Indian Trust Funds from 1991 to 2002, and the Yurok Interim Tribal Council from 1991 to 1992. She has been Tribal Chair since 1997.
For the past twenty-seven years, Masten has served as the master of ceremonies at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. She has also served as Klamath Chamber of Commerce President and chair of the Klamath River Traditional Indian Fishers Committee. Masten is active in traditional Yurok practices including fishing on the Klamath River and is responsible for the care of the family's ceremonial regalia.
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ncaied.org, 1 Aug 2014 [cached]
Susan Masten
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Susan Masten
Vice Chairwoman
For 27 years, Susan Masten has advocated for the rights of Native People in her community and across the nation. Her life of public service began when she was elected one of the original Presidents of the Native American Student Association at Oregon State University. After graduation, she returned home to the Reservation and found herself on the front lines of the salmon wars, a battle to protect her people's natural resources, cultural identity, tradition and fishing rights. Susan Masten was instrumental in securing the Yurok's rights to the Klamath River Basin, which were reaffirmed in her uncles' U. S. Supreme Court case Mattz v. Arnet.
Susan Masten is the founder and Co-President of Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN) 2004, and she is also a founding member of the Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods High School, which will open its doors to students in the fall of 2005 in Klamath, California. At home, Susan Masten is active in traditional Yurok practicesincluding fishing on the Klamath River and caring for her family's basket collection and dance regalia. She lives with her husband, Leonard, and has a son, Greg and a daughter, Crystal and is the proud grandmother of eight.
Susan Masten : Vice ...
www.ncaied.org, 29 Nov 2013 [cached]
Susan Masten : Vice Chairwoman
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Susan Masten : Vice Chairwoman
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Susan Masten
Vice Chairwoman
For 27 years, Susan Masten has advocated for the rights of Native People in her community and across the nation. Her life of public service began when she was elected one of the original Presidents of the Native American Student Association at Oregon State University. After graduation, she returned home to the Reservation and found herself on the front lines of the salmon wars, a battle to protect her people's natural resources, cultural identity, tradition and fishing rights. Susan Masten was instrumental in securing the Yurok's rights to the Klamath River Basin, which were reaffirmed in her uncles' U. S. Supreme Court case Mattz v. Arnet.
Susan Masten is the founder and Co-President of Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN) 2004, and she is also a founding member of the Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods High School, which will open its doors to students in the fall of 2005 in Klamath, California. At home, Susan Masten is active in traditional Yurok practicesincluding fishing on the Klamath River and caring for her family's basket collection and dance regalia. She lives with her husband, Leonard, and has a son, Greg and a daughter, Crystal and is the proud grandmother of eight.
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