Meet the Host

Meet the OMB Blog Host and Moderator

Introduction CAjrPortraitACharles E. Adams, Jr., Ph.D. is a preeminent water-resources scientist. He has worked for governments and universities around the world and has published numerous articles in various scientific journals. Dr. Adams takes a special interest in the Original Michilimackinac Bands and will be the host and moderator for the OMB blog. Why are the Original Michilimackinac Bands Indians important to you? I am a descendant of Original Michilimackinac Bands ancestors – some of whom were prominent leaders. To honor those ancestors by facilitating OMB progress, including recognition as a sovereign tribe, and to identify and communicate theirs and other former leaders achievements and successes is of utmost importance to me. What do you expect to accomplish with the OMB blog and will you be a direct contributor to the blog? The intent is to provide a source of accurate and verifiable information on OMB issues that will educate and better inform all those who may be interested. The goal is to move the OMB forward in a systematic, timely and ethical manner for the benefit of all who may wish to enroll. I fully intend to contribute frequently to the blog. What experience do you have working with the Original Michilimackinac Bands? In 2005 and 2006, I served in a voluntary capacity as an environmental and economic development advisor to Mr. John Causley, the Chairman of the Mackinac Bands of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians in Cedarville, Michigan. One direct result of that contribution was a commitment from the Michigan Indian Legal Services, Inc. to provide to the Mackinac Bands, pro bono legal assistance in the area of achieving federal recognition. What is your educational and professional background? I am an experienced water-resources scientist and consultant with more than 30 years project and personnel management experience with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Louisiana State University. I earned the following degrees: B.S. in Geological Engineering from Michigan Technological University; M.S. in Geological Oceanography from the University of Washington; Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the Florida State University. I served my country proudly and honorably as an officer in the U.S. Navy for more than ten years. While employed at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, NOAA in Detroit, I supervised the collection, description, and analysis of water, sediments, and biota from the Great Lakes to determine water history and lake environmental degradation and eutrophication. As a Professor and member of the Graduate Faculty at the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana for more than 17 years, I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in geology, oceanography, and river and coastal sciences and directed and supervised the research of numerous M.S. and Ph.D. candidates. While at LSU, I also served as a Senior Faculty Member and researcher on the staffs of the world-renowned Coastal Studies Institute and the National Ports and Waterways Institute. More than fifty professional papers, approximately one-half of which were published in peer-reviewed technical journals, were completed during my tenure at LSU. As the President of HydroLogic International, Inc. and an Independent Consultant, I managed numerous projects in the areas of water-resources development and planning, river hydraulics and morphology, fluvial and coastal circulation and sediment transport, and urban drainage system development and management throughout the United States and in more than ten foreign countries. A book, titled, ASSAULT ON A CULTURE: THE ANISHINAABEG  OF THE GREAT LAKES AND THE DYNAMICS OF CHANGE – was published in 2013.  The book focuses on the 18th and 19th century treaties and the ancillary councils between the Anishinaabeg and the US government that led to the extinguishment of Indian land holdings and rights in the Great Lakes region and that ultimately resulted in the creation of the State of Michigan. A brief history of the journey of the first Native Americans from Asia to their homeland in the Great Lakes region, based on modern genetic studies, is included. The book is available at bookstores and online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Do you have other interests or pursuits you would like to share with your blogger audience? My avocations include lapidary – I collect my own rock specimens – and mountain climbing. I play the Native American flute for pleasure. Interviewer’s Note Dr. Adams has written an engaging brief History of the Original Michilimackinac Bands. It is a short read and a number of questions are answered about this little known group of Native Americans.

Dr. Adams continues his interest in and contribution to the environment as the Founder and Chief Scientist for the highly respected HydroLogic International, Inc., performing research and providing solutions to many environmental challenges.