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614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: August 10, 2015
Contact: Rebecca Pirtle, Commissioners’ Office
No: 2015-082

Save the date: Conference looks at 25 year of human rights in Kitsap – and beyond

(Port Orchard) - The Kitsap County Council for Human Rights celebrates the 25th year of the annual Conference for Human Rights with a look back at human rights issues in Kitsap County over the last 25 years. A celebration of accomplishments and an exploration of where human rights improvements can continue to be made will be the focus of this year’s conference. Save the date! The annual conference is scheduled for Dec. 4 at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton.

Opening the conference this year will be Leonard Forsman, chairman of the Suquamish Tribe since 2005 and a member of the tribal council for over 20 years, who will give a presentation on “10,000 Years of History Here on This Land.” Chairman Forsman is a long-time advocate for tribal education, cultural preservation and habitat protection. As chairman, he has supported the preservation of the Suquamish Tribe’s cultural identity.

He serves on the state Board on Geographic Names and was nominated by President Obama to the US Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an independent agency that advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. He has degrees in anthropology and historic preservation, directed the Suquamish Museum for many years and worked as a research archaeologist for a Seattle for over a decade.

Tickets for the conference are on sale now at HERE.

For more information on the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights, visit


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Last Updated: 
October 06, 2015