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Bid Title: Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Water and Fishing Rights Historical Report
Category: Natural Resources
Status: Open


The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation (hereafter “TDN” or “Nation”) seeks proposals from qualified consulting firms or individual(s) (hereafter “Consultant”) with experience working with/for tribal communities to complete a Historical Report of Water and Fishing Rights for the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation.

The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is a federally recognized Indian Nation whose aboriginal territory (Taa-laa-waa-dvn) encompasses the lands and watersheds of Wilson Creek to the south, the Sixes River to the north, east to the Applegate watershed in the Coastal Range, and west to the Pacific Ocean horizon, all sea stacks including Point St. George Lighthouse and all usual and accustomed places. The Tolowa people have lived along the Pacific Ocean and coastal and inland river valleys in today’s northern California and southwestern Oregon since time immemorial. The Nation’s Reservation lands are located three miles south of the Oregon-California border along the Pacific coastline. The Nation’s federally recognized jurisdiction and service area encompasses 9,608 squaremiles - an area equal in size to the state of Vermont - and includes Humboldt and Del Norte counties in California and Coos, Curry and Josephine counties in Oregon. The Nation headquarters are located near Smith River, California.

The Nation is seeking professional assistance to produce an official Historical Report of Water and Fishing Rights for the Nation that will, at a minimum:

  • Facilitate the overall research and reporting process, including any and all associated research and analysis;
  • Coordinate with TDN staff (including but not limited to Natural Resources, Legal, and Executive staff) and Tribal Council;
  • Facilitate participation of any identified partner/support agencies and the Nation’s citizens and committees;
  • Draft and print progress updates and summaries, draft reports and final report; 
  • Facilitate draft document reviews and complete resulting edits where necessary;
  • Finalize a sufficient and professionally executed Historical Report on Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Water and Fishing Rights; and
  • Present the final report to Project Team and/or Tribal Council.
Publication Date/Time:
1/1/2022 12:00 AM
Closing Date/Time:
2/4/2022 11:59 PM
Submittal Information:
Erika Partee, Director of Natural Resources
Contact Person:
Proposals are to be submitted, via e-mail (preferred) or hard copy to:

Erika Partee, Director of Natural Resources
Mailing address:

12801 Mouth of Smith
River Road
Smith River, CA 95567
Attn: Erika Partee

Deadline for proposal submission is 5:00pm (PST), February 4, 2022.

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Qualified candidates are expected to provide proof or examples of the following education, background, experience and information:
1) Education and/or experience necessary to successfully complete the work to professional industry standards: such as a bachelor's degree in anthropology with a focus on ethnohistory or another similar field; master’s degree or doctorate in relevant field highly preferred;
2) Knowledge and experience working with tribal organizations;
3) Successful ethnohistory report development experience,
4) Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
5) Excellent community outreach skills;
6) Experience researching historical and ethnographic data using academic and government archival sources (in person and electronically);
7) Resume or qualification papers showing similar and/or relevant work performed;
8) At least three references for similar and/or relevant work performed;
9) DUNS number, EIN, or SSN; and
10) Acknowledgment of willingness to submit to a background investigation if selected.
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