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Dan Fagerlie

Dan Fagerlie Filling a New Role as Tribal Liaison at WSU Extension

by WSU Extension staff



Dan Fagerlie
Dan Fagerlie (3rd from Left) being presented an embroidered Pendleton Blanket from the Colville Confederated Tribes Business Council. Presented by John Sirois, Chairman, 2nd from left, and WSU Tribal Extension Advisory Board  members (L to R) Robert Compton, Gary Kohler, Charlie Moses, and Barbara Herman.

Long-time WSU Extension staffer Dan Fagerlie hasn’t let retirement slow him down.

Fagerlie retired as Extension County Director in 2012 after 32 years of conducting and building Extension educational programs in Ferry County and on the Colville Reservation. 

However, WSU Extension Administration and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, worked together to create a new half-time position to retain Fagerlie’s experience and working relationships with the Colville Confederated Tribes and help strengthen Extension relationships with other Native American communities.

Dan Fagerlie was appointed the WSU Extension Tribal Liaison Specialist in October of 2012.  The new position will strengthen the link communities and residents have with resources available through WSU and USDA to address issues facing them. He is available to assist local Extension offices and tribes, where mutual interest exists, to enhance collaborative relationships.  Meetings have already been held between local Extension and tribal representatives on seven different reservations.

Over his years in Extension, Fagerlie led in creation of a WSU/USDA Extension Indian Reservation and now Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP). The result of the latter is a full time office located at the Colville Reservation headquarters for the last 22 years. Onsite access is important to better serve reservation residents whom are many times geographically isolated from easy access to the County Extension offices.

Fagerlie also worked to create a tribally-based High and Low Ropes 4-H Challenge Program with rebuilding and opening the Tribal Youth Camp in the 1980’s; and conducted a three-year Water Quality Project where tribal school youth and community members built 3D model watersheds of their area, learned the impacts they potentially could have on a watershed and how to protect its quality for future generations.

Fagerlie has also taken an active leadership role at the National FRTEP Conferences, assists the Intertribal Ag Council when called upon, and serves on the USDA Strategic Outreach Committee for Washington state. In the next year he will also be working with USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to strengthen tribes’ ability to recognize, plan for, and address invasive species that may threaten reservation resources.

If you would like to explore some of the possibilities of joint programs that may be developed, or, have an issue or community need that you would like to discuss, call Dan or your local Extension office.


Contact information: Dan Fagerlie, fagerlie@wsu.edu  509-690-0009

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