The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) is a natural resources management support service organization for 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington. Headquartered in Olympia, the NWIFC employs approximately 65 people with satellite offices in Burlington and Forks.

NWIFC member tribes are: Lummi, Nooksack, Swinomish, Upper Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, Tulalip, Muckleshoot, Puyallup, Nisqually, Squaxin Island, Skokomish, Suquamish, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam, Lower Elwha Klallam, Makah, Quileute, Quinault, and Hoh.

The NWIFC was created following the 1974 U.S. v. Washington ruling (Boldt Decision) that re-affirmed the tribes’ treaty-reserved fishing rights. The ruling recognized them as natural resources co-managers with the State of Washington with an equal share of the harvestable number of salmon returning annually.

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  • GIS Data Technician

    Download Announcement Assist the Salmon & Steelhead Habitat Inventory & Assessment Program (SSHIAP) with the development and management of the AquaScape GIS system, by identifying, integrating, and organizing tribal, state, federal data for integration into AquaScape and assist with the sharing of data through the NWIFC’s web services.

  • Technician II (Water Quality) – Makah Tribe

    Download Announcement Assists the Water Quality Specialist in conducting water quality field monitoring and implementation the BEACH program. Duties include collecting and transporting marine samples, collecting and analyzing data, submitting data to EPA, managing local BEACH databases, and submitting yearly program reports and grant applications.

  • Water Quality Specialist – Makah Tribe

    Download Announcement The Water Quality program requires effective project management and compiling of the data produced from the research and assessment of water quality on the Makah Reservation and within the treaty resource area. This position is funded through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to assist the Makah Fisheries Environmental Division in identifying and addressing […]

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  • NWIFC Releases 2021 Annual Report
    The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission recently released its 2021 Annual Report, outlining the work of 20 member tribes that co-manage natural resources in western Washington in support of exercising their treaty-protected rights. From NWIFC Chair Lorraine Loomis: It was another challenging year for tribal natural resources co-management in western Washington during 2020. The year was marked […]
  • Outdoor Recreation Threatens Treaty Resources
    Being Frank is a column written by the chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. As a statement from the NWIFC chair, the column represents the natural resources management interests and concerns of the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington. Already robust levels of hiking, camping, boating and every other kind of outdoor recreation in […]
  • Recolonizing the Elwha
    The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has sustained the Elwha River’s coho salmon population by removing two fish-blocking dams and developing a successful hatchery program, while continuing to support the tribe’s fishing culture. The post Recolonizing the Elwha appeared first on Northwest Treaty Tribes.