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BIO

Dr. Monte Sanford

Dr. Sanford is an environmental consultant, working largely for Native American Tribes. He specializes in cultural history, spirituality, and human-environment relations. He was successful in nominating Bahsahwahbee (Sacred Water Valley or Swamp Cedars) on the National Register of Historic Places as a Traditional Cultural Property, and his work on behalf of Tribal clients continues to obtain high-level legal designations for that sacred land. Dr. Sanford also provides litigation support to help protect sacred lands from development projects including water developments, oil and gas drilling, mining, roads, transmission lines, wind energy facilities, and nuclear power facilities among many others.

 

Dr. Sanford has expertise in historical, ethnographic, and environmental research for Tribes Nations. And he has a strong background in using that information to support Tribal endeavors, such as crafting legal designation documents for cultural sites, providing testimony in trials and legislative forums, conducting in-depth reviews of federal agency NEPA documents, and supporting education and outreach efforts that benefit the Tribes. 

Monte was born and raised in the prairie state of Iowa. At 18, he went looking for mountains and found himself in Idaho, where he obtained a Bachelors degree at Idaho State University. Years later, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada in Reno, where he also did some post-doctoral work. He has received honorary awards from those universities and from the National Science Foundation. He has attended law seminars on NEPA, NHPA, and Tribal water law. 

Monte is also a prolific traveler. He's traveled extensively in China, Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka, and Latin America. He lives in Idaho near the Continental Divide.

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