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Acting Solid Minerals Branch Chief

Duane Matt


Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD)

Duane Matt is a member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai and Pend D ‘Oreille tribes, located on the Flathead Indian reservation located in western Montana. Mr. Matt currently works for the Office of Trust Services (OTS)/Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) as the Solid Minerals Branch Chief in Lakewood, CO. Duane is a Geologist by trade. He previously worked as both a Reclamation Specialist and Technology Coordinator with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) in Denver, CO. Both DEMD and OSMRE are part of the Department of the Interior (DOI). Before working for DEMD, Duane worked for the Bureau of Land Management (Initial Attack Fire Dispatcher), Scientific Applications International Corporation (Field Geologist), Bureau of Reclamation (Geological Intern), Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (Minerals Department Geology Trainee), United States Department of Agriculture (Smokejumper) and National Park Service (Helitack/Firefighter). Duane also worked as a schoolteacher on the Laguna-Acoma reservation in New Mexico. He holds a Master’s Degree in Geology and a Bachelor’s Degree in both Geology and English/Secondary Education. Mr. Matt was a
member of the University of Montana cross-country and track-and-field teams 1986-1990. He also possesses six years of experience coaching both boys’ and girls’ high school cross-country and track-and-field. Duane is a founding board member and Lifetime member of the Society of American Indian Government Employees.

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