Director named for new Confederated Tribes foundation

Charles F. Sams III will head a foundation that intends to build an endowment to make grants aimed at a variety of issues.

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PENDLETON -- A new foundation created by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has a new director.

Charles F. Sams III has been named as the founding executive director for the Umatilla Tribal Community Foundation, said Lisa Ganuelas, tribal spokeswoman.

The newly organized foundation is a tax-exempt public charity which will concentrate on building an endowment that can make grants to the tribal community to address social, economic, cultural, and natural resource issues.

"Chuck brings a wide breadth of knowledge and skills that will help establish and build the communities' foundation," Chief Judge William Johnson, foundation board chairman, said in a release.

Sams has most recently served as the national director for the Tribal & Native Lands Program of the Trust for Public Land. He also has been the executive director for the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, the Community Energy Project and the Earth Conservation Salmon Corps.

"I am very happy to be returning home," Sams said. "I have had the great fortune to have worked in both tribal and mainstream organizations and look forward to bring what I have learned home to the people."

Sams will start his new position on Sept. 1.

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