Caj Matheson is a Councilman for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. In this role, he and the other Council members set policies and establish laws that govern nearly four hundred thousand acres of land in Northern Idaho. Matheson also serves as the Director of the Tribe’s Department of Natural Resources.
As Natural Resources Director, he oversees several programs, including Fish & Wildlife, Forestry, Wildland Fire Management, Climate Change, Water Resources, Hazardous Waste Management, Cultural Resources Protection, Lands Management, Air Quality, and others. In both of these positions, his primary role is to represent the Tribe in policy matters with leaders from federal, state, and other tribal governments. He represents the tribe in many political and legal arenas including the Columbia Basin Collaborative, the Upper Columbia Blocked Area Anadromous Fish Working Group, the Intertribal Timber Council, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, the Basin Environmental Improvement Project Commission, the CSRBA Water Adjudication, and others.
Matheson grew up on the reservation where he was taught many of the cultural customs of the Coeur d’Alene people, especially those related to the natural world. It was during this time that he would learn about the history of the Coeur d’Alene territory and the importance of stewardship. He graduated from Lakeside High School and would go on to obtain a two-year degree in Biblical Leadership from Boise Bible College as well as his bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in Organizational Sciences. After spending the first 20 years of his career in the private industry he began working for the Tribe in 2012 in the Tribe’s Lake Management Department and would eventually be appointed the director of the Department of Natural Resources in 2017. He currently lives on the reservation along with his wife of 27 years.
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
1:00pm - 2:30 pm
Student Union Landmark Room (SU 210)
UB North Campus
Via Zoom: https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/92785246954