Staff Attorney, Yurok Tribe
Nathan Voegeli is a staff attorney for the Yurok Tribe, a natural resources tribe and the largest in California, where he primarily focuses on environmental, natural resources, and federal Indian law. He currently manages the Yurok Tribe’s development of forestry carbon offset projects on over 30,000 acres of Tribal land and oversees development of an additional 25,000 acre project. He is concerned with ensuring that tribal carbon projects provide real, permanent, additional, and verifiable offsets and that carbon markets account for the uniqueness of tribal lands and sovereignty. Nathan works with federal and state agencies on water, forestry, land acquisition and management, and other natural resources issues, as well as with industrial timber and environmental organizations. He recently helped negotiate a $27.5 million settlement with the United States for various alleged trust accounting and mismanagement claims, including mismanagement of Tribal timber resources.
Nathan holds a Masters in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He grew up on the flat prairies of Kansas, spent his undergraduate days in Fairbanks, Alaska, and now splits his time between the Yurok Reservation and the San Francisco Bay Area.