Our January dinner meeting was held at the CPO Club in Oak Harbor and we had the opportunity to have the City of Oak Harbor's Archaeologist, Gideon Cauffman, in attendance!
Gideon Cauffman grew up in Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. He is a member of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and became interested in archaeology at 16 while working on the Sequim Bypass Archaeological Site. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Washington State University where he also had an award-winning radio show on KZUU. He taught English in Kyoto, Japan prior to working as a contract archaeologist at U.S. Army Garrison, Yakima Training Center. He earned a Master’s of Science in Resource Management from Central Washington University while working at the Training Center. He was an archaeologist for the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakama Nation where most of his work was on the lower Columbia River. During his time at Yakama Nation, he assisted with US Prosecutors during a site looting case, which led him to present in Federal Court and resulted in a conviction of 2 people. Prior to being hired by the City of Oak Harbor, he worked for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe where he completed a nomination for Tamanowas Rock to the National Register of Historic Places- one of 3 Traditional Cultural Properties on the National Register in Washington State. He is also currently Tribal Gaming Commissioner, where he oversees Title 31 compliance and other regulatory matters at 7 Cedars Casino. The City of Oak Harbor hired him May 4, 2015 (May the 4th be with you) and he has been busy since day one. He lives in Oak Harbor. Voluntarily, he was on a review committee for No Child Left Inside, a State grant where upwards of $125,000 was awarded to local programs to get at-risk youth outdoors. He is also Chair of the Oak Harbor Main Street Design Committee. During his free time, he enjoys golfing, jogging, yoga, and playing petanque.
SICBA Members have recently run in to some frustrations with the laws in WA State that pertain to "inadvertent discovery" and the forms needed when applying for permits. Gideon was very helpful in his brief presentation about how to fill these forms out correctly, what you do if you think you have found something where you are building and how to effectively utilize an Archaeologist at the site.
Gideon will be holiding a FREE seminar at the SICBA office on February 9th from 4-5:30pm. This seminar will cover inadvertent discovery for you and your employees and will give you aid when filling out the forms when dealing with IDP. In some instances, attending this seminar has helped contractors by making their life easier on job sites and eliminating the need to pay for an Archaeologist on job sites that requires SEPA.
To register for this seminar, please CLICK HERE