Coast Salish leaders commit to environmental action

Indian Country Today reports on the Coast Salish Gathering:

TULALIP, Wash. – ”Enough talk, it’s time for action.” Billy Frank Jr., chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, summed up the consensus at the second day of the Coast Salish Gathering at the Tulalip Tribes Feb. 27 – 29.

”We are the Indian people, the Coast Salish Indian people, who live on all the watersheds, on the headwaters and on the bays throughout the Salish Sea region. We’ve got a message for all the nontribal governments and communities and we’re delivering it.”

In the second full day of planning, Coast Salish leaders from British Columbian First Nations and western Washington tribes committed to a goal of environmental action, including a Salish Sea-wide information sharing database, a water quality information gathering project, and a Coast Salish environmental indicators project.