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Federal Update for November 2009

TRIBAL/OBAMA SUMMIT SET President Obama will meet with hundreds of tribal leaders in Washington, D.C. November 5th, 2009.  The President had committed to an annual meeting with tribal leaders during his 2008 campaign and is fulfilling his promise. This historic meeting will coincide with the National Congress of American Indians’ Grand Opening of the Embassy […]

Federal Update for April 2009

APPROPRIATIONS  FY ’09 Tribal efforts were successful in the restoration of the Pacific Salmon Treaty funding for FY09 in its entirety ($1.772m)–a significant accomplishment with a coordinated effort from the NWIFC delegation, Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission and Chairman Ron Allen.  A lot of credit for this success goes to Mary Jane Miller of the […]

Federal Update for March 2009

APPROPRIATIONS As Federal Update reported last month, the FY-2009 just passed Tuesday, but now that the main stimulus has been passed and signed, an outline of the Obama FY ’10 budget has been released with details yet to come. PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FIRST BUDGET (FY ’10) A spate of testimony from Administration officials has hit the […]

Federal Update for February 2009

Senate Republicans Collins, Snowe and Specter join Democrats in passing $835 Billion Stimulus Bill (61-37); Conference expected to begin immediately to get bill to President by the end of the week. Negotiators for Congress and the White House worked to narrow differences on an economic stimulus bill on Wednesday in hopes of clearing a bill […]

Federal Update for December 2008

BIA BASE BUDGET FY 2009 The election of a new president, the appointment of a new cabinet and the changing face of Congress are all good news to the tribes, and to everyone else who cares about a healthy environment and sustainable economies. But, for FY 2009, the tribes still face a funding crisis that […]

Jamestown S’Klallam, Agencies Share Lessons From “The Jimmy Project”

BLYN – Consider it a “how-to” guide for the next great habitat restoration project. It’s been two years since the Jimmycomelately Creek restoration project was completed. But the work didn’t end then – the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe recently released a 72-page report explaining how the 10-year, $7 million project was started, the challenges it faced […]

Puyallup Tribe’s new hatchery reaches production goal

PUYALLUP (November 6, 2008) – The Puyallup Tribe’s Clark Creek salmon hatchery has reached its goal of collecting 1.1 million chinook eggs for the first time since it opened four years ago. “We’ll be running at full capacity this winter and spring,” said Blake Smith, enhancement biologist for the Puyallup Tribe. As in most hatcheries, […]

Nisqually Tribe, landowner team up to clean creek for coho

EATONVILLE (October 27, 2008) – The Nisqually Indian Tribe is helping a local landowner reclaim a stretch of Tanwax Creek for salmon. Tribal technicians, volunteers and school groups are clearing a five-acre infestation of reed canary grass along the creek, allowing coho salmon to access important habitat on James Tucker’s property. The volunteers and school […]