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Lorraine Loomis: Court decision represents a win for salmon
Lorraine Loomis: Court decision represents a win for salmon (January 30, 2019)

The state of Washington has a duty to protect habitat so that salmon are available for tribes to exercise our treaty rights.


Treaty tribes fight for strong water quality standards
Treaty tribes fight for strong water quality standards (September 12, 2018)

Treaty tribes believe a pollution-based economy is not sustainable. No price can be placed on the value of human health or the resources that sustain us.


Salmon recovery threatened by rising numbers of sea lions
Salmon recovery threatened by rising numbers of sea lions (August 16, 2018)

Reducing sea lion and seal populations in our region is a difficult, but necessary action that must be taken.


'We will win': Treaty tribes continue to stand up for salmon
'We will win': Treaty tribes continue to stand up for salmon (July 5, 2018)

We will never stop fighting to protect and restore salmon habitat because that is the key to recovery.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence (June 18, 2018)

Key members of Congress are taking a look a subsistence, just a week after tribes scored an unusual victory in a treaty rights case.


'A fantastic day for Indian Country': Treaty tribes celebrate Supreme Court victory
'A fantastic day for Indian Country': Treaty tribes celebrate Supreme Court victory (June 12, 2018)

Tribes in Washington state are rejoicing after the nation's highest court upheld a decision in favor of their treaty rights.


Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case
Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case (June 11, 2018)

A closely-watched treaty rights case has resulted in victory for tribes but the nation's highest court was so divided that it was unable to reach a decision.


Treaty tribes stunned as Supreme Court agrees to hear salmon passage case
Treaty tribes stunned as Supreme Court agrees to hear salmon passage case (January 15, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a new year surprise to Indian Country by agreeing to resolve a treaty rights dispute.


Treaty tribes upset with appeal in major case amid salmon disaster in Washington
Treaty tribes upset with appeal in major case amid salmon disaster in Washington (August 29, 2017)

The release of countless farmed salmon into treaty fishing grounds isn't the only crisis facing tribes in Washington -- the state is pursuing an appeal in a critical case.


Swinomish Tribe faces racist and violent threats due to fishing
Swinomish Tribe faces racist and violent threats due to fishing (May 13, 2016)

Anti-Indian sentiments are once again surfacing in Washington as fishermen clash with tribes over their treaty-protected rights.


Washington tribes to submit fish management plan after talks fail
Washington tribes to submit fish management plan after talks fail (April 20, 2016)

Tribal and state officials have submitted a joint plan for the salmon fisheries in Puget Sound for the past 30 years but were unable to reach an agreement this year.


Washington tribes prepare for another bad year of salmon runs
Washington tribes prepare for another bad year of salmon runs (March 16, 2016)

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission is worried that there aren't enough returning fish to produce the next generation of salmon.


Lorraine Loomis: Help treaty tribes with salmon recovery efforts
Lorraine Loomis: Help treaty tribes with salmon recovery efforts (February 12, 2016)

More salmon would mean more fishing, more jobs and healthier economies for everyone.


White House honors the late Billy Frank with Medal of Freedom
White House honors the late Billy Frank with Medal of Freedom (November 17, 2015)

Billy Frank Jr., who passed away in 2014, dedicated his entire life to advancing the rights of tribes in the Pacific Northwest.


Lorraine Loomis: Eating fish shouldn't be risky for Washington
Lorraine Loomis: Eating fish shouldn't be risky for Washington (February 6, 2015)

Gov. Jay Inslee wants to change the cancer risk rate used to set state water quality standards from 1 in 1 million to 1 in 100,000.


NWIFC schedules briefing on 'Treaty Rights 101' on Capitol Hill
NWIFC schedules briefing on 'Treaty Rights 101' on Capitol Hill (September 18, 2014)

The educational session comes amid a renewed focus on treaty rights in the nation's capital.


Russ Kepfer: Washington water quality plan doesn't help tribes
Russ Kepfer: Washington water quality plan doesn't help tribes (August 11, 2014)

Russ Kepfer, the vice chairman of the Lower Elhwa Klallam Tribe, discusses water quality standards being proposed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D).


Lorraine Loomis: Honor Billy Frank's legacy by carrying on work
Lorraine Loomis: Honor Billy Frank's legacy by carrying on work (June 9, 2014)

Lorraine Loomis, the vice chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, offers ways to honor the legacy of the late treaty rights advocate Billy Frank Jr.


Nation mourns passing of treaty rights advocate Billy Frank Jr.
Nation mourns passing of treaty rights advocate Billy Frank Jr. (May 6, 2014)

Tribal, federal and state officials across the country are mourning the passing of treaty rights advocate Billy Frank Jr.


Billy Frank: Oil terminal project threatens fishing in Washington
Billy Frank: Oil terminal project threatens fishing in Washington (May 6, 2014)

Here is the last column from Billy Frank Jr., the chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission who passed away on Monday at the age of 83.


Treaty rights advocate Billy Frank Jr. passes away at age of 83
Treaty rights advocate Billy Frank Jr. passes away at age of 83 (May 5, 2014)

Billy Frank Jr., a member of the Nisqually Tribe of Washington who defended the treaty rights of tribes in the Pacific Northwest, died today.


KUOW: Billy Frank Jr. still fighting for salmon and treaty rights
KUOW: Billy Frank Jr. still fighting for salmon and treaty rights (April 11, 2014)

Billy Frank Jr., the chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, is still fighting for salmon and treaty rights, decades after the fish wars in Washington.


Billy Frank: Treaty tribes eye tough water standards in Washington
Billy Frank: Treaty tribes eye tough water standards in Washington (March 31, 2014)

Billy Frank Jr., the chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, presses for strong water quality standards in Washington.


KUOW: Treaty rights affected by coal terminal in Washington
KUOW: Treaty rights affected by coal terminal in Washington (November 27, 2013)

Tribes with treaty rights could affect a controversial coal export terminal in Washington.


Billy Frank: Set realistic standards for  consumption  of seafood
Billy Frank: Set realistic standards for consumption of seafood (November 8, 2013)

Billy Frank Jr., the chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, discusses water-quality standards in Washington


Senate Indian Affairs Committee discusses environment change
Senate Indian Affairs Committee discusses environment change (July 20, 2012)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing on Thursday to discuss how changes in the environment are affecting American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. Native people often...


Paul Lumley: Treaty tribes  save  salmon runs on Columbia River
Paul Lumley: Treaty tribes save salmon runs on Columbia River (April 4, 2011)

"The impending decision by federal Judge James Redden on the Obama administration's Columbia River biological opinion has brought out a host of theorists who have reduced salmon to a series...