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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    Being Frank is a column written by Chairman Ed Johnstone of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. As a statement from the NWIFC chairman, the column represents the natural resources management concerns of the treaty tribes in western Washington. Every generation owes it to the next seven generations to protect the environment. At the rate populations […]
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    Not enough is known about what happens to salmon between the time they leave their natal rivers and when they return to spawn. To learn more, the Tulalip Tribes is in the second year of studying juvenile salmon in Puget Sound’s offshore marine areas. Tribal natural resources staff and a research biologist from the nonprofit […]
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    The Squaxin Island Tribe has partnered with the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton to ensure the corrections facility uses more treated wastewater—and less water from the local aquifer—for day-to-day uses. Decades in the making, the project will save millions of gallons of water each year. That’s particularly good news for coho salmon in Goldsborough Creek, […]