Gary Dorr

Gary Dorr

My natural parents were Gary “Hench” Moore and Estella (Strong) Moore. My Paternal Grandparents were Arthur “Sully” Moore and Ida Allen. My maternal grandparents were Howard Strong and Esther George. My adoptive parents are Floyd and Nancy Dorr of Yakima, WA. One sister, Loni was adopted with me when I was three years old. I have two older sisters Tia (and Dave) Willson, and Tona Dorr. I served 11 years in the United States Army as a Military Police Sergeant from 1985-1996 and have several combat tours in Iraq and Kuwait in addition to four years in South Korea.

I graduated magna cum laude from Haskell Indian Nations University in 2004 with a bachelor’s of science in Business Administration. I have worked in education and more recently in tribal realty, managing the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Land Services Office and subsequently as a fee-to-trust specialist to NPTEC. I was able to prepare several Nez Perce properties that had failed to convert to trust status for 17 years using a novel legal approach to avoid cadastral surveys that could have cost the tribe upwards of $14,000 for each survey. I lived in South Dakota from 2013-2015, working as a media coordinator for the Anti-Keystone XL pipeline campaign for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. I also worked as an agricultural specialist/planner developing an agricultural economic development plan to manage an additional 189,000 acres of tribal ag. leases. Additionally I helped to coordinate the Rosebud Spiritual Camp and the “Reject and Protect” campaign in Washington, D.C. with a leadoff series of appearances on the Ed Schulz Show on MSNBC and other news agencies both domestically and internationally. I am a published author and currently serve as a cultural advisor to a feature film in pre-production. I am also currently the Chairman of the General Council. I also speak frequently at the University of Idaho and several other organizations on behalf of treaty rights, native issues, and environmental affairs.

In all my work I have found my greatest satisfaction advocating for the tribal members. I have won several cases on appeal to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals on behalf of tribal landowners. I also have campaigned for beneficial changes to 25 CFR part 162 on behalf of landowners. I instituted the 1/3-2/3 gross revenue crop share leasing in the pacific northwest after several years of bonus crop payments that did not benefit landowners under cash rent leases. When most Nez Perce Tribal landowners were settling for $300 power line right-of-way agreements for 30 years I advocated with substantial citations for $14,000 for landowners.

In my work for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, my background in treaty rights served me well as I argued treaty rights before the South Dakota Public Utility Commission against pipeline encroachment and eventually as part of a team gained Presidential Rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline permit. Additionally I also lobbied for and gained approval of several resolutions at ATNI and NCAI. I also lobbied in Washington, D.C. for recognition of and inclusion of native natural food sources under protection from gopher poisons used by the Forest Service.

I continue to advocate for protection of treaty reserved rights, protection of all mother earth’s life sources, and landowners’ benefits. I am a staunch supporter of sovereignty and I feel grateful to have the opportunity to participate in this election process for our people. I thank the past NPTEC members and those still serving for their service. I hope to participate in the legislative and representative process on behalf of the people as a fellow landowner and heir to our treaties.




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