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Court refuses to hear culvert case appeal

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier today refused to hear the state of Washington’s most recent appeal of the culvert case. The decision could bring to a halt more than 15 years of litigation on whether the state of Washington has a duty under federal treaty to protect salmon habitat. You can read the entire ruling here. “This is a win for salmon, treaty rights and everyone who lives here,” said Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. “Fixing fish-blocking culverts under state roads will open up hundreds of miles of habitat and result in more...

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Squaxin Island Tribe passing on tradition through garden

The Squaxin Island Tribal Garden is passing down traditional medicinal knowledge through a series of classes for the tribal community. On a recent weeknight, two dozen community members learned how to use trees for medicine in the winter. In addition to a short discussion on the various uses of trees, the attendees made a chest rub and a cedar oat bath infused with tree ingredients. “We want to make sure that this information will be shared, so that we are passing this on to future generations so for our children this is the first resource they turn to,” said...

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South Sound loses forest bigger than Olympia

Between 2006 and 2011 forest cover in deep South Sound declined by over 18,000 acres. This means that in the Squaxin Island Tribe’s area of interest, we lost a forest larger than the city of Olympia (only about 12,000 acres). This is according to the State of Our Watersheds report by the treaty tribes in western Washington. From the report: Timber harvest, agriculture, and residential and commercial development have substantially altered salmonid habitat throughout South Puget Sound. In the Puget Sound region, forestlands are giving way to cities and urbanized areas at a fairly rapid rate. Research shows that...

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Makah Tribe brings back large wood for salmon

It is well established that logs and logjams provide vital habitat for salmon. More salmon leave watersheds where there is enough large woody debris for salmon. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in many streams in the Makah Tribe’s area of interest. To reverse this trend, the tribe has been working to return wood to vital salmon streams, according to the most recent State of Our Watersheds Report, released by Northwest Treaty Tribes. From the report: The legacy and impacts of historic logging practices that harvested riparian zones is still felt as there is a reduced quantity and quality of large woody...

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Statement from Lorraine Loomis on the passing of Gov. Mike Lowry

Statement from Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission on the passing of former Washington Gov. Mike Lowry: Mike Lowry was a true friend of the tribes who fought hard to protect our natural resources and treaty rights throughout his career. We will be forever grateful for the efforts he made and the courage he showed in working on our behalf. We extend our deepest condolences to his...

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  • Northwest Treaty Tribes Magazine for Spring 2017 Available Now

  • Billy Frank Jr Memorial Edition of the NWIFC Magazine Available Here

  • Treaty Rights at Risk

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