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Being Frank: Inslee Water Quality Plan Too Little, Too Late

By • Aug 4th, 2014 • Category: Being Frank

Note: Being Frank is the monthly opinion column that was written for many years by the late Billy Frank Jr., NWIFC Chairman. To honor him, the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington will continue to share their perspectives on natural resources management through this column. This month’s writer is Russ Hepfer, Vice Chair of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and an NWIFC commissioner.

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Listen to the Planet

By • Jul 7th, 2014 • Category: Being Frank

Note: Being Frank is the monthly opinion column that was written for many years by the late Billy Frank Jr., NWIFC Chairman. To honor him, the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington will continue to share their perspectives on natural resources management through this column. This month’s writer is Ed Johnstone, treasurer of the NWIFC and Natural Resources Policy Spokesperson for the Quinault Indian Nation.

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Honoring the Legacy of Billy Frank Jr.

By • Jun 2nd, 2014 • Category: Being Frank

Note: Being Frank is the monthly opinion column that was written for many years by the late Billy Frank Jr., NWIFC Chairman. To honor him, the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington will continue to share their perspectives on natural resources management through this column. This month’s writer is Lorraine Loomis, vice-chair of the NWIFC and fisheries manager for the Swinomish Tribe.

So much has been …



Keep Big Oil Out of Grays Harbor

By • May 5th, 2014 • Category: Being Frank

Our environment, health, safety and communities are at risk from decisions being made now to transport and export trainloads of coal and oil through western Washington.

If coal export terminals proposed for Cherry Point near Bellingham, and Longview on the Columbia River are approved, hundreds of trains and barges would run from Montana and Wyoming every day, spreading coal dust along the way. That same coal …



Put People Before Profits

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Being Frank

When it comes to your chances of getting cancer from the foods you eat, what odds would you like: one in a million, or one in 100,000?

Of course all of us would prefer the least amount of risk. That’s why it’s hard to believe that Gov. Jay Inslee is even considering changing water quality rules that would increase that risk. The justification? Businesses such as …



New Hatchery a Blessing

By • Mar 4th, 2014 • Category: Being Frank

I was excited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony recently for a new state salmon hatchery at Voights Creek near Orting. The new facility replaces a hatchery – nearly wiped out by floods in 2009 – that has been operating on the creek since the early 1900s. Close tribal and state cooperation made the new hatchery a reality. It will be the first new state salmon hatchery …



Bill Could Lead to Justice, Healing

By • Feb 3rd, 2014 • Category: Being Frank

As we mark the 40th anniversary of the Boldt decision in U.S. v. Washington, a bill in the state legislature is trying to atone for some of the harm caused to Indian people during the Fish Wars of the 60s and 70s. House Bill 2080 would clear misdemeanor and certain felony convictions from the records of about 80 Indians arrested for protesting the denial …



Good Relationships Don’t Just Happen

By • Jan 6th, 2014 • Category: Being Frank

Good relationships don’t just happen. We have to work together to build and maintain a strong foundation of trust and commitment to keep a relationship healthy and strong.

As we mark the 40th anniversary of the Boldt decision this year, the tribal and state natural resources co-managers met recently to re-dedicate ourselves to the principles of co-management.

At the core of co-management is a pledge to …



Proposed Chehalis Dam Threatens Treaty Rights

By • Dec 2nd, 2013 • Category: Being Frank

As removal of two fish-blocking dams on the Elwha River dams nears its end, I’m scratching my head. Why is a proposal to build a brand new dam on the Chehalis River watershed in Lewis County receiving serious consideration? And why is the Quinault Indian Nation being left out of the discussion?

There is no question that terrible flooding has occurred on the Chehalis during recent …



Boeing, Let’s Talk

By • Oct 30th, 2013 • Category: Being Frank

It was the mid-1980s, and Roy dairy farmer Jim Wilcox was worried.

As an owner of Wilcox Family Farms, one of the largest dairy producers in western Washington at the time, he was concerned how his business would be affected by the activities of a new group called the Nisqually River Task Force. I was part of that task force of tribal, state, federal and local …