Project Background

Every year the tribes of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia participate in an event (generally known as the Paddle) where members of the tribes canoe from their respective homelands to a rotating set of host reservations.

Point Haynisisoos (pronounced Hun-is-shu and translated as "thundering elk") served as the center of activity for the 2013 Paddle to Quinault. The Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) desires that Point Haynisisoos become the permanent Paddle site and serve as a cultural campus for the tribe.

This cultural campus will include a canoe carving shed, recreational/cultural facilities, a camping area, likely a new museum, and adequate infrastructure to host the Paddle in the future.

Point Haynisisoos is a promontory along the Pacific Coast of Washington on the southwest side of the Olympic Peninsula. It was the site of a Coast Guard base, which was demolished and turned over to the QIN. The QIN now plan to transition it into a Native National Park overlooking the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

The QIN requested the help of the CPAT program to help them determine how the Point should be planned and built out in a manner that serves the needs of the nation.

Project Updates

Team leader Joseph Kunkel and APA programs manager Ryan Scherzinger, AICP, visited the QIN on September 20, 2018. They met with senior planner for the QIN, Kelsey Moldenke, AICP, and Charles Warsinske, manager of the QIN department of planning, community and economic development. Moldenke provided a tour of the study area and community. They also met with Fawn Sharp, president of the QIN; Quinault Tribal Museum curator, Leilani Jones-Chubby; and Titus Capoeman, an active tribal member and local artist.

The full team visited on June 4–8, 2019. The final report is forthcoming.

The Nugguam, a monthly publication of the QIN, covered the team's visit.

Meet the Team


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Team Leader

Joseph Kunkel

Joseph Kunkel, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, is a community designer and educator, focused on capacity-building in Indian Country. His work has focused on research and sharing exemplary Native American Indian housing projects and processes nationwide. This research has developed into emerging best practices for Indian Country, leading to an online Healthy Homes Road Map for affordable tribal housing development, funded by HUD’s Policy, Development, and Research Office. His professional career has centered on community-based design, ranging from material research, fabrication and construction to community-based planning, design, and development. From 2013 to 2016, Kunkel led the development of a 41-unit Low Income Housing Tax Credit development, which started with an Our Town grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and led to an ArtPlace America grant award. His body of work centers on architecture, planning, construction, and design processes that align with indigenous values and honors the worldview of our nation's indigenous populations.
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    Nathaniel Corum

    Nathaniel Corum is an architect, planner, and educator serving as Design Director with Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative. Following leadership roles with Indigenous Community Enterprises, Red Feather, and Architecture for Humanity, Corum and the SNCC team now collaborate with MASS Design Group on tribal community initiatives in North America. As a former Fulbright Scholar, Senior Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas Fellow, and Rose Architectural Fellow, he has pursued research and practice in culturally responsive design with over a dozen tribal community partners. Author of Building a Straw Bale House from Princeton Architectural Press, Corum's work includes showcasing exemplary native-to-place architecture through documentary film production, publications and the implementation of master plans, housing initiatives, community facilities, and ecological designs. He has helped to connect over 500 students to real-world, public-interest design workshops and projects. Corum's design work and process has been widely published and featured in international exhibitions. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate Design Synthesis degree from Stanford University.
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    Tom Hampson

    Tom Hampson began his career in planning and community economic development on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in 1973 where he and Michael J. Farrow created the Tribal Development Office, a fully integrated land use planning and community economic development arm of the Tribe. He was a founding member of the United Indian Planners Association. After developing businesses for the Tribe, he owned businesses of his own, ran a small business development center for Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, a small business incubator in “the hood” of Portland, and has helped Native nonprofit and for-profit organizations run better or run away ever since. Hampson did the foundational development work for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, Wallowa Band Homeland Project, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, and wrote and co-produced the multi-media exhibits for Tamastslikt Culture Institute for the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, among many other projects. In December 2012 he retired after 12 years as executive director of ONABEN, a Native American Business Network. He is the principal author of ONABEN’s Indianpreneurship® Series — a story-based “how to” manual on starting and operating a family enterprise in Indian Country. At ONABEN he managed a two-year organizational development project for 10 Native CDFI’s which included the Taala Fund of Quinault Indian Nation.
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    John Koepke

    John Koepke has over 35 years of professional experience in both private practice and academia. Along with his full-time responsibilities as a professor in the department of landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota, he is a principal in the firm Urban Ecosystems. Because of his Ojibwe heritage, Koepke has always had a significant interest in both Native American cultures and environmental science. This has led him to conduct landscape-based research on ancient Native American sites and work with tribal and other communities in pursuing teaching and design opportunities that focus on cultural interpretation, environmental education, ecological restoration, and reclamation. He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses that focus on integrating ecological principles with artistic design thinking. Along with teaching studios he leads courses in construction technology and graphic representation.
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    John "J.D." Tovey, III, AICP

    J.D. Tovey is the director of planning for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Tovey holds a bachelor of landscape architecture from the University of Idaho and a master of urban planning from the University of Washington. He is a PhD candidate in urban design and planning at the University of Washington with a research focus on traditional ecological knowledge, resilience, and professional practice centered on the Columbia River basin tribes. Tovey is also an APA Oregon Chapter board member.