Hamstreet also learned that though WSFPI valued ecological forest practices, the 100 million board feet was not sustainable, and pine had been badly over-cut.
As Hamstreet formulated a plan, the Tribal Council dismissed the WSFPI board and took on board tasks themselves.
"We gave them two caps, one that said 'Tribal Council' and one that said 'WSFPI.' Sometimes in meetings we'd say, 'Now it's time to put on your WSFPI hat,'" says Hamstreet.
The key to Hamstreet's plan was to get the council to decide what WSFPI really was.
Nearly as many Indians work at WSFPI today as did before the big shutdown, because so many non-Indian workers are out of the picture.