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Squaxin Island tribe snorkeling for juvenille coho

By • Oct 20th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Candace Penn and Michael West, Squaxin Island tribal staff, look for juvnille coho that might be using a small stream in the Deschutes watershed.

The Squaxin Island Tribe is conducting snorkel surveys throughout the Deschutes River watershed, looking for stretches where coho go to feed and grow.

Each spring for the last three years, the tribe has released 100,000 juvenile coho into the Deschutes. They then …



Degraded water quality forces Lummi to close shellfish harvest

By • Oct 14th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Lummi tribal members harvest clams in Portage Bay in 2011.

High levels of fecal coliform prompted the Lummi Nation to close 335 acres of Portage Bay shellfish beds in September.

The fecal coliform – mostly from livestock, human and pet waste originating upstream from the reservation – exceeds federal bacterial standards, meaning the shellfish could be unsafe to eat. The voluntary closure affects Lummi’s treaty-protected ceremonial, …



Makah Tribe to celebrate completion of state-of-the-art dock

By • Oct 8th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

The Makah Tribe will celebrate the completion of their $13 million dock built to earthquake and tsunami standards that will serve the community and others for years to come.

The Makah Tribe will celebrate the opening of their new $13.8 million dock at 11 a.m., Oct. 10 with a blessing and ribbon cutting even as they prepare for phase two of the facility.

The new 120-foot …



Puyallup Tribe trying to find out what’s happening to the spring chinook

By • Oct 6th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Justin Paul, salmon biologist for the Puyallup Tribe, conducts a survey in the upper White River watershed.

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is trying to find out why so many spring chinook are passed above a dam on the White River, but so few of them end up spawning.

“We’re trying to identify sources of pre-spawning mortality that have contributed to a wide disparity between the …



Pink Salmon Feeding Bull Trout

By • Sep 30th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

A bull trout is tagged by Puyallup tribal staff at an adult trap on the White River.

The largest bull trout ever recorded on the White River was found by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians at an adult fish trap in June. The 12-pound fish was three times the size of the average bull trout.

“The most interesting thing about that bull trout is that we’ve …



Lorraine Loomis Elected Chair of Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

By • Sep 16th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

OLYMPIA – Lorraine Loomis, a Swinomish tribal member, has been elected chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

She replaces the late Billy Frank Jr., who served as NWIFC chairman for more than 30 years. Frank died on May 5, 2014 at the age of 83.

“I am honored and humbled to be elected chair of the NWIFC,” said Loomis. “No one can ever replace Billy. …



Lummi fishermen pass down reef net heritage

By • Sep 15th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Video

Lummi Nation tribal fishermen are teaching young tribal members the traditional method of harvesting salmon in a reef net.

The tribe had four new wooden canoes made for reef netting. Traditionally, fishermen suspended the reef net between two canoes.

“It’s an imitation of the seafloor, like a reef, that’s why it’s called a reef net,” said Lummi fisherman Richard Solomon. “Sxwole is what our people …



Beavers relocated to improve salmon habitat

By • Sep 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

This summer, raceways at the Tulalip Tribes’ Bernie Kai-Kai Gobin Hatchery were renovated into temporary beaver condominiums.

Six beavers nestled together in a furry cluster in one of the manmade lodges, confirming wildlife biologists’ suspicions that this was a family unit. Tribal staff, along with biologists from the University of Washington (UW), had captured the beaver colony in Duvall, where they were flooding a blueberry farm.…



Tribes call on EPA to update water quality standards

By • Sep 8th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

Treaty tribes are meeting today with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to step in and set new water-quality rules for the state, after sending Gov. Inslee a letter expressing dissatisfaction with his proposed rule change.

From the Herald of Everett:

“The tribes’ principal objective for revised water quality standards is to protect the health of future generations, and we have determined that your proposal does not



Nisqually Tribe working with neighbors to restore Ohop Creek

By • Aug 26th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Kyle Kautz, Nisqually tribal natural resources, collects fish from a pool in the former Ohop Creek channel.

This summer, the Nisqually Tribe, the Nisqually Land Trust and the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group are tacking on another 1.5 miles of restored habitat to Ohop Creek.

“In this stretch of creek, salmon aren’t really given much space to feed or hide,” said David Troutt, natural resources …