In an 87-11 vote, the U.S. Senate approved Sally Jewell as Interior Secretary yesterday (Earthfix and West Seattle Herald).

Billy Frank Jr., chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, earlier praised the nomination of Jewell:

Frank praised Jewell’s knowledge of tribes and tribal issues, and respect for tribal sovereignty and treaty rights. “We are facing big challenges such as achieving salmon recovery, protecting water quality and adapting to climate change,” Frank said. “Our cultures, economies and treaty rights depend on a healthy environment and healthy natural resources.”