Leonard Forsman


Leonard Forsman

Chairman Suquamish Tribe


Leonard Forsman has served as Tribal Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe since 2005. His interests include tribal education, cultural preservation, gaming policy and habitat protection. He has served on Tribal Council for a total of 25 years, worked as an archaeologist for Larson Anthropological/ Archaeological Services and is the former director of the Suquamish Museum. President Barack Obama appointed Chairman Forsman to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in 2013.

Forsman is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A. Anthropology) and Goucher College (M.A. Historic Preservation). He grew up in Suquamish on the Port Madison Indian Reservation and continues to live there with his wife Jana Rice. Leonard regularly participates in cultural activities including Suquamish Song & Dance and the annual Tribal Canoe Journey.

Leonard serves on the boards of the:

  • Washington State Historical Society
  • Seattle Waterfront Steering Committee
  • Suquamish Tribal Cultural Cooperative
  • Suquamish Museum and the Suquamish Foundation
  • Washington Indian Gaming Association
  • West Central Local Integrating Organization
  • Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council
  • Tribal Leaders Congress on Education