2016 Awardees


Rich Purser





Paul Lumley




Pat Courtney Gold

2016 Leadership Honoring Awards

Awards are given in the following areas of leadership:

Economic & Community Development

The Antone Minthorn Economic & Community Development Award

Rich Purser is an enrolled Suquamish Tribal Member, Tribal Council member and has been the General Manager of the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort for the past 10 years. Purser has spent the last 28 years improving the future of the Suquamish Tribe through land purchasing, program implementation and expansion of properties. Having been born and raised on the waters of the Puget Sound, Purser practices Native traditions by geoduck diving regularly and spends as much time with his kids and grandkids as possible. Purser devotes a substantial amount of time assisting several non-profits in the community with fundraising efforts and implementation of their events. Over the next few years Purser plans to find what the company, tribe and community needs to ensure a better and brighter future.

Natural Resource Protection

The Billy Frank Jr. Natural Resource Protection Award

Paul Lumley is currently the Executive Director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and a citizen of the Yakama Nation, which is located in central Washington State. Mr. Lumley worked at CRITFC from 1987-2004 under several capacities. He returned to CRITFC after 5 years in Washington DC to begin his tenure as executive director in 2009. Mr. Lumley has an extensive history working with Northwest Tribes on salmon issues, particularly in the Columbia River Basin. On October 24, 2016, Mr. Lumley transitions into his new role as the Executive Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center, whose mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of youth and families in the Portland area. Paul Lumley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Western Washington University in 1986.

Cultural Preservation

The Fran James Cultural Preservation Award

Pat Courtney Gold is a Wasco-Tlingit Native. Her maternal ancestors lived along the Columbia River for more than 12,000 years. She was raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Oregon. Pat is well known as a Wasco basket weaver. Her honors include a weaving that is in the 2015 British Museum international tour, “Treasures of World Culture”. She received the National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship, Washington, DC., and is a Featured Basket weaver in PBS series, “Craft in America.”. Pat’s mission is to share her knowledge with the communities in the Northwest, through educational programs. She mentors students through various programs. She is one of the founding members of the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association which has grown to 400 members. She also co-founded the summer program, Journeys into Creative Art, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR. , especially for Native teens. Pat is active on the Advisory Committee, Bill Holm Center, Burke Museum, and is on the Board of Regents, Museum at Warm Springs, OR., and does contract teaching at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indians, Washington. D.C

Past Awardees