Being Frank

  June 2018

Cooperation Spawns Hope

“The spirit of cooperation must guide us. It is how we will be able to bring back the salmon.” These words from our late leader Billy Frank Jr. become more important every day. Even though we’ve all done a lot … Continue reading

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  May 2018

Poor Salmon Returns Expected

As the tribal and state co-managers begin the annual salmon season setting process, the effects of drought and poor ocean conditions over the past few years — combined with ongoing loss of habitat — are leading to another year of … Continue reading

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  March 2018

Hirst “Fix” Wrong Move

In a hasty move to “fix” the Hirst ruling, the State Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee are writing a bad check on our limited water supply at the cost of salmon, future generations and holders of senior water rights. They’ve … Continue reading

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  February 2018

Ecosystem Out of Balance

All natural resources are connected and we are all connected to them, but most of those resources are not being managed as part of a larger whole, and that can lead to huge imbalances in this ecosystem we call home. … Continue reading

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  January 2018

Accord Fosters Cooperation

A 28-year-old investment in cooperation and government-to-government relations between Indian tribes and the state of Washington is still paying off today. Through the 1989 Centennial Accord the tribes and state committed to work together for the common good of everyone … Continue reading

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  December 2017

Bold Action Needed for Salmon Recovery

Frustrated with the lack of progress in salmon recovery — especially Puget Sound chinook — treaty tribes in western Washington have proposed seven bold actions to jump-start those efforts. Puget Sound chinook were listed under the Endangered Species Act in … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

Atlantic Salmon Must Go

The backlash against Atlantic salmon farms in western Washington continues to grow as more than 100,000 of the non-native fish remain unaccounted for following the collapse of a Cooke Aquaculture facility in northern Puget Sound last month. Treaty tribes in … Continue reading

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  August 2017

Let’s Move Past the Culvert Case

The state of Washington has made remarkable progress in the past four years toward meeting a federal court mandate to repair hundreds of fish-blocking culverts under state roads. Failing culverts deny tribal treaty-reserved fishing rights that include the right for … Continue reading

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  July 2017

Accountability Matters for Water and Treaty Rights

Do you make sure you have enough money in your bank account before writing a check for a big purchase? Of course. That’s what responsible people do to avoid trouble down the road. You would think that kind of common-sense … Continue reading

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  June 2017

Conservation Comes First

An earlier start to the annual salmon season-setting process helped the tribal and state salmon co-managers finish their work right on time this year. Steadily shrinking salmon populations have made the process of establishing fishing seasons increasingly difficult. Last year’s … Continue reading

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