Being Frank

  April 2021

Billy Frank Jr. Statue Gaining Momentum

Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington strongly support proposed state legislation to place a statue of the late natural resources and civil rights champion Billy Frank Jr. to replace Marcus Whitman in our nation’s capital. We think Washington should join … Continue reading

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  March 2021

Increased Outdoor Recreation Impacting Tribal Treaty Rights

Already robust levels of hiking, camping, boating and every other kind of outdoor recreation in our region has exploded during the Covid-19 pandemic as many try to cure the effects of cabin fever. Increased outdoor recreation has led to unprecedented … Continue reading

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  February 2021

A Big Step Towards Accountability for Habitat Impacts

Habitat loss and damage is the driving factor for the decline of salmon in our region. It doesn’t discriminate and never stops. Every hour of every day it kills salmon, including salmon listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). … Continue reading

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  January 2021

Time for Fish-Killing Dam to Go

It’s time to get rid of the Electron Hydroelectric Dam on the Puyallup River that has been killing salmon, steelhead, bull trout and other fish for more than a century. The dam is so old that it escapes most regulatory … Continue reading

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  December 2020

Tribal Watersheds Report Shows Little Improvement; Hope Remains

I wish there were better news in our 2020 State of Our Watersheds Report that will be released later this month, but at best we are treading water on a few indicators of the overall health of our region’s environment, … Continue reading

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  December 2020

A Time to Remember

This fall marks the 50th anniversary of an event that sparked the landmark ruling by federal Judge George Boldt in U.S. v. Washington that upheld our treaty-reserved rights to hunt, fish and gather. It was Sept. 9, 1970, the height … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2020

Tribes, State Team Up on Harbor Seal Survey

What we don’t know about populations of harbor seals and California sea lions in western Washington could be hurting salmon, orcas and other marine species — as well as fishing communities and economies — far more than we think. It’s … Continue reading

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  September 2020

Pacts Offers Path to Streamside Habitat Protection

The most powerful actions we can take to recover our region’s salmon are to give our rivers and streams room to breathe while protecting the land and vegetation lining their banks. The Timber/Fish/Wildlife (TFW) Agreement and Forests and Fish Report … Continue reading

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  August 2020

Covid Impacts Tribal Natural Resources Management Traditions

Like communities across Washington, treaty Indian tribes are coping with what we all hope are the worst days of the Covid-19 pandemic that has disrupted every part of our daily lives, economies and traditions. High rates of certain illnesses, combined … Continue reading

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  July 2020

A Bold Move on Salmon Habitat

The greatest obstacle to salmon recovery in western Washington is that we continue to lose salmon habitat faster than it can be fixed and protected. Until that changes, salmon populations will continue to decline. That’s why we are encouraged by … Continue reading

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