Our Services

Our services focus on energy, utility, environment, cultural resources, art, and education. We work with many organizational clients, including: professional service firms, businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. We help our clients improve performance through analysis of existing challenges and development of future plans. We also provide our client's with project development, feasibility analysis, project management, grant/contract management, product development, and technical assistance.

Energy & Utility

Our professionals are national leaders in the feasibility study, formation and operation of tribal utilities. On our team are trained attorneys and we work extensively for tribes, having led the efforts to analyze, form and advise three of the newest currently operating tribal utilities in the U.S.

We have performed numerous feasibility studies for tribal utilities and assisted many tribes in their energy related issues. Our successes have required a specific understanding and application of the unique technical, regulatory, legal and sovereignty issues faced by Indian tribes as they form utilities and achieve their energy goals.

Environmental Entrepreneurship

Our Professionals are national leaders in developing intertribal, intersectoral, and intergovernmental projects and policy processes. We have worked extensively for tribes on water rights adjudication, water resource management agreements, carbon sequestration, energy conservation, forestry management, land use, range and agriculture, and integrated resource management. We have organized the Changing Currents Tribal Water Policy Project www.changingcurrents.org.

We have worked on social enterprise projects that advance tribal economic development in coordination and alignment with tribal environmental stewardship principles. We are currently working with NW Tribes to establish a regional tribal energy efficiency network, see www.nwtribalenergy.net.

Education & Training

Our Professionals are educators and have taught middle school, high school, college, graduate, and professional degree programs. We have developed educational curriculum around STEM education, STEAM education, Tribal Relations, Comparative Tribal Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, and developed specialized workshops.

Most recently, training for the ATNI Energy Program’s Tribal Energy Efficiency Network. We currently have commissions and contracts with University of Oregon, The Evergreen State College, Oregon State University and Portland State University.

Our professionals have expertise in enterprise, project and program management. We have extensive experience in grants and contracts management and procurement. Our professionals have expertise in mediation, facilitation, and collaborative processes. We have work with our clients to develop regulatory codes, business plans, building resource networks, and develop sound creative projects.

Business Services

Our Professionals

The Kanim Associates, LLC team comprises a highly qualified group of professionals in the fields of Energy Policy, Natural Resource Management, Water Resources, Economic Development, Transmission, Energy Efficiency & Conservation, Tribal Cultural Knowledge, Cultural Competency, Government Services, Education, and Specialized Artistic Services


971-255-1404 / office   direllecalica@kanimllc.com  / email

971-255-1404 / office

direllecalica@kanimllc.com / email

direlle r. calica, j.d. / partner

Ms. Calica leads, manages and ensures Kanim Associates' values, mission and vision are implemented in the firm's work, services and products.  She is responsible for developing and coordinating the firm's operation strategy, goals and direction.  She ensures the necessary operational, financial, regulatory, and day-to-day tasks are in order for the firm's successful operations.  

Ms. Calica has 20-years of experience as a field, legislative, policy, planning, and regulatory advisor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office-District of Oregon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and various Indian Tribes. Ms. Calica has extensive professional experience in intergovernmental affairs, hydrosystem planning, resource conservation, and tribal energy policy. She has also served as a White House Intern and Mark O. Hatfield Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate.

shirod t.a. younker / partner

Mr. Shirod Younker (Coquille/Miluk Coos), a Native artist, program manager, and tribal canoe skipper. Mr. Younker also manages the only pre-college Native American Art program at Oregon College of Art and Craft for indigenous teens, which was founded in 2004 has included Native American, Native Hawaiian and Maori students. Mr. Younker serves on the Coquille Indian Tribe's Culture Committee. Mr. Younker has a degree in Fine Arts from Oregon State University..

971-255-1404 / office   syounker@kanimllc.com  / email   www.shirodyounker.com  / website

971-255-1404 / office

syounker@kanimllc.com / email

www.shirodyounker.com / website



Emeritus (1947-2019): Charles “jody” calica, partner

Our Dear One passed on March 18, 2019. Our Kanim Associates LLC Team is saddened but is carrying the legacy forward.

Mr. Calica is a member of the Warm Springs Tribe (Tygh and Clackamas Bands).  He is both a practicing and investment Partner in Kanim Associates, LLC.  Mr. Calica recently retired, after three consecutive terms, as the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary-Treasurer for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.  

Prior to Mr. Calica's appointment as Chief-Executive Officer and Secretary-Treasurer he served the Tribes' as the Chief Operations Office (COO).  Prior to the COO, assignment, he served for over 15-years as the Tribes' Natural Resources Department, General Manager.  Mr. Calica has extensive experience and expertise in complex and dynamic financial, multi-party, business, policy, and development initiatives.

303-443-0182 office  303-717-3876 mobile   margieschaff@comcast.net  / email

303-443-0182 office

303-717-3876 mobile

margieschaff@comcast.net / email

Margaret “Margie” Schaff, J.D., partner

Ms. Schaff has over 25-years of professional experience as an attorney, legal counsel, policy adviser, and technical consultant. Her experience includes work for the Western Area Power Administration, Native Power Corporation, and Utility and Energy Specialist at Dames & Moore, and co-founded the Law Office of Schaff & Clark Deschene, LLC. Ms. Schaff has extensive expertise with tribal energy development, utility formation, strategic energy planning, energy efficiency and conservation, legislative and policy analysis, and regulatory expertise.

Michaela Stroup-Madrid, Policy Associate


Welcome our New Associate, Ms. Michaela Stroup-Madrid!

Ms.Stroup-Madrid is new to join our exceptional team of professionals. She is our project lead for energy projects and water projects with the Affiliated Tribes of NW Indians.

Michaela Stroup-Madrid is an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Lakota Sioux Tribe. Originally from South Dakota, Michaela moved to the pacific northwest to accept an internship with the U.S. Department of Interior, Indian Affairs - Office of Self Governance Northwest Field office after having interned in their Washington, DC headquarters in 2015. She is currently a graduate student at Portland State University where she is working on a masters in public policy with a focus on intergovernmental relations with Native American Tribal Governments. Michaela serves as a Policy Associate for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Energy Program as well as the Program Coordinator for the Insitute for Tribal Government at Portland State University. Michaela is interested in combining traditional cultural values with modern governance strategies to shape policy that will have a positive impact on the everyday lives of Native Americans on and off the reservation.



"Kanim" is a word with compound meaning and all are significant to our Firm's Values and Mission.  We would like to share the meaning behind the name with you.  In our endeavors we work as a team, in unison, forward-looking, and working toward a common goal.


The Canoe

The word "Kanim" pronounced "kuh neem" is a Chinookan or Chinuk wawa word that means "Canoe".  The Chinuk wawa language originated as a trade language in the Columbia River area and spread rapidly throughout a vast trade network of the Pacific Northwest, into what is now Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Southwestern Canada (or British Columbia), and Southeastern Alaska. A Canoe plays a vital role in tribal culture, life, family, commerce, and utility.



A Tribal "Kanim" or canoe has historic importance, as not only a mode of transportation, but is a vehicle that reinforces kinship ties, interconnection of communities, engages the family, and advances commerce by its use.  The canoe is a physical, mental, and spiritual vessel that moves its occupants from one place to another, and arrives at its destination only when its occupants work together, in unison, remain forward-looking, and are ever mindful of their environment. 



A part of our Firm's Native American lineage is linked to the Snoqualamie/Snohomish Chief Patkanim.  The name "Kanim" pronounced "kane-im" has become a family name connecting a family line from Warm Springs, Yakama, Snoqualamie, to Tulalip, and to all our relations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  Our family includes our direct relatives we were gifted by birth and those relatives we have been gifted by choice.

Masi to our Love One, the late Marie Smith Calica, she encouraged us and supported our use of the company name.