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Nisqually Tribe counting prawns in South Sound

By • Oct 29th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Margaret Homerding, shellfish biologist for the Nisqually Tribe, measures a prawn during the tribes shellfish surveys of South Sound.

A long-term study by the Nisqually Tribe is providing a better understanding of shrimp in South Sound.

“What shrimp populations are in the area is not well documented,” said Margaret Homerding, shellfish biologist for the Nisqually Tribe. “The state conducted surveys a decade ago, but did not …

The Muckleshoot Tribe is spreading traditional food through schools

By • Oct 27th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, News

Shawn Saylor, the kitchen coordinator for the Muckleshoot Indian School, holds a piece of salmon to be served at the school.

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is making sure traditional foods are part of many of the meals it serves. Six kitchens across the tribe – including in schools and elder facilities – adopted new protocols to encourage the use of traditional foods.

The Muckleshoot Indian School …

Lower Elwha Tribe studies wood movement in Elwha River

By • Oct 24th, 2014 • Category: News

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is tagging large woody debris to follow it as it moves through the newly restored Elwha River system.

“We’re tracking over 2,000 logs and tree stumps with silver tree tags, from the upstream end of Lake Mills to the river mouth,” said Vivian Leung, a doctoral student of geomorphology at University of Washington.

She’s been working with the tribe since 2012 …

Billy Frank Jr. honored with Crosscut lifetime achievement award

By • Oct 23rd, 2014 • Category: News

Seattle-based nonprofit news organization Crosscut awarded the late Billy Frank Jr. the David Brewster Lifetime Achievement Award this morning during its 2014 Courage Awards ceremony.

Last week, Crosscut published a profile about Billy and his life’s work, interviewing tribal and environmental leaders and politicians.

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 …

Suquamish Tribe, agencies restore eelgrass beds on Bainbridge Island

By • Oct 17th, 2014 • Category: News

Work will begin this week on the final phase of a major eelgrass restoration project located just outside Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island.

The project is at the site of the former Milwaukee Dock, near Pritchard Park. The dock, removed in the early 1990s, historically served the Wyckoff creosote plant; the area is now a Superfund cleanup site.

The dock was constructed in a dense subtidal …

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, …

Lower Elwha Klallam, USGS, Sea Grant: More forage fish seen at Elwha River mouth

By • Oct 9th, 2014 • Category: News

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Washington Sea Grant are observing an increase of forage fish and Dungeness crab near the mouth of the Elwha River since the river’s two dams have been demolished.

Divers have noted continuous sand deposits in the Elwha nearshore, covering formerly cobble-dominated sub-tidal areas. This has resulted in the habitat shifting from a rocky bottom and kelp-dominated

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 …