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Lummi, Port Gamble, Swinomish semi-finalists for Harvard’s Honoring Nations award

By • Apr 14th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Lummi Nation, and the Port Gamble S’Klallam and Swinomish tribes each have programs that are semi-finalists in Harvard University’s Project on American Indian Economic Development’s Honoring Nations program.

The program is based on the principle that tribes hold the key to generating social, political, and economic prosperity, and that self-governance plays a crucial role in building and sustaining strong, healthy Indian nations.

Two of Lummi’s …

Billy Frank Jr. on KUOW yesterday

By • Apr 11th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

KUOW’s “The Record” featured Billy Frank Jr. yesterday:

“Tuesday or Wednesday I got out of jail, the general foreman had my pictures hanging up – he was just so proud of me!” Frank said with a laugh as he described the foreman’s reaction. “’You went to jail for your right’ – that’s how the union created us. They supported what we were doing.”

After the

Ben Johnson, former Makah chairman, walks on

By • Apr 10th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Makah tribal member Ben Johnson, who as chairman, championed the tribe’s first whale hunt in 70 years, passed at Olympic Medical Center March 31 following a heart attack. He was 74.

A celebration of life was held April 5 and the obituary submitted by the family can be found here.

Squaxin Island Tribe, land trust, working together to restore former golf course

By • Apr 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog

From the Squaxin Island Tribe’s natural resources blog:

The Capital Land Trust and the Squaxin Island Tribe are working to bring back salmon habitat and protect an important shellfish growing area by restoring a former golf course on Oakland Bay. The land trust recently purchased the 74-acre Bayshore Golf Course, which includes the mouth of Johns Creek and over a thousand feet of Oakland Bay

White River named one of the nation’s most endangered

By • Apr 9th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

For years the Muckleshoot and Puyallup tribes have called for more attention to the dire situation on the White River. An obsolete dam is killing thousands of salmon, many of them listed under the Endangered Species Act.

This morning, the conservation group American Rivers listed the White as one of the nation’s most endanagered:

Over $150 million in taxpayer funds are spent each year to restore

Statement on steelhead lawsuit from Billy Frank Jr.

By • Apr 4th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Billy Frank Jr. released this statement earlier this week, in response to a lawsuit challenging the release of steelhead from state hatcheries:

Hatcheries were built for one reason. That is to make up for lost natural steelhead and salmon production caused by damage to their habitat. Both Indian and non-Indian fishermen depend on tribal and state hatcheries and the fish they provide.

Unfortunately, the lawsuit by

Kitsap Sun: Arsenic testing of geoducks possible

By • Mar 28th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The Kitsap Sun reported on the recent in-person meeting between U.S.’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Chinese officials about China’s ban of  geoduck imported from the United States’ West Coast.

While China was satisfied with testing for paralytic shellfish poisoning, the biggest issue was testing for arsenic, the Kitsap Sun reported. The United States does not routinely test for arsenic but NOAA officials said …

New voices piece at Boldt 40

By • Mar 11th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

A new summary of the Boldt 40 event now over at Boldt40.org:

“They gassed us, clubbed us, dragged us, beat us. Those were hard times,” said Puyallup elder Ramona Bennett, recalling the brutal treatment of tribal fishermen and their families by state enforcement officers during the treaty fishing rights struggle of the 1960s and ’70s.

The struggle led to the landmark 1974 ruling by federal

A lead archeologist for Makah’s Ozette village passes

By • Feb 28th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Archeologist who led the excavation of Makah’s Ozette village, which he called “Pompeii of America,” passes. http://tinyurl.com/l89lhhf

Watch every speaker from Boldt 40 (photos too)

By • Feb 26th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Now you can enjoy every speaker from the Boldt 40 event held at the Squaxin Island Tribe’s event center of February 5, 2014. Take a tour of our Boldt 40 Vimeo channel.

Here is a photo album from the day.