Being Frank

  December 2016

US Recognizing Tribal Rights

A wave of federal recognition of tribal sovereignty and treaty rights has reached a high-water mark in the closing days of President Obama’s administration. We hope President-elect Donald Trump will help push that wave even higher. Obama kept his campaign … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2016

State Should Drop Culvert Case Appeal

We are disappointed to learn that the state of Washington will continue its long-standing efforts to deny tribal treaty-reserved fishing rights by once again appealing a federal court ruling requiring the repair of hundreds of fish-blocking culverts under state roads. … Continue reading

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  September 2016

Treaty Rights Aid Salmon Habitat Recovery Effort

  Despite their unbreakable connection, salmon harvest and habitat restoration continue moving down separate roads in Western Washington. Many people either don’t see or choose to ignore the fact that habitat determines harvest, and that we continue to lose habitat … Continue reading

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  August 2016

Treaty Rights Aid Salmon Habitat Recovery Effort

Treaty tribes in western Washington have won some recent treaty rights battles, but we continue to lose ground in the war to restore and protect salmon and their habitat. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on June 27 … Continue reading

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  July 2016

Cooperation Helps Us Survive

  I am glad that the treaty tribes in western Washington were finally able to reach agreement with the state on a package of conservative salmon fisheries for Puget Sound. It took more than a month of overtime negotiations to … Continue reading

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  June 2016

Habitat, Hatcheries Equal Fishing

by Lorraine Loomis   I am deeply disappointed that the tribal and state salmon co-managers were unable to reach agreement on a joint package of fishing seasons for Puget Sound this year. It was the first time in more than … Continue reading

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  May 2016

Tough Times Mean Hard Decisions in Planning Fishing Seasons

Tough times call for hard decisions, and we are facing some of the most difficult times we’ve ever seen when it comes to this year’s expected coho returns to western Washington. After last year’s disastrous coho run, the tribal and … Continue reading

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  February 2016

More Salmon Habitat Protection Needed

We’ve seen some incredible salmon habitat restoration projects the past few years, but there’s a big difference between restoring habitat and protecting it. We must remember that restoration without protection does not lead us to recovery. The Elwha River on … Continue reading

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  January 2016

U.S. Should Honor Billy Frank’s Dream

Billy Frank Jr., longtime chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, received many awards during his life and continues to be honored since his passing in 2014. His life was celebrated last month when President Barack Obama posthumously awarded him … Continue reading

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  December 2015

Introducing Northwest Treaty Tribes

Did you know that over the past four decades the 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington have reduced their salmon harvests by more than 75 percent to protect the resource? That tribes have restored thousands of miles of fish … Continue reading

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