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Focused on collaboration

Ongoing collaboration between stakeholders is essential to creating meaningful dialogue on environmental protections and sustainable forestry.

Private forest landowners are committed to working in partnership with stakeholders, including tribes and conservation groups, to uphold and exceed the objectives of the Forests & Fish Law. Ongoing collaboration between stakeholders is essential to creating meaningful dialogue on environmental protections and sustainable forestry.

Here is an example of the collaboration and partnerships taking place between the private forest industry, tribes and conservationists in extension of the Forests & Fish Law.

Forest and Fish

Washington Forest Protection Association — One Voice Blog


Willie Frank III shares on “Make No Bones About It.”

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Willie Frank III shares on “Make No Bones About It.”


Billy Frank Jr.: National Treasure of the Pacific Northwest and the World

Billy Frank Jr, Hank Adams and Willie Frank III on KAOS 89.3 fm, April 20th, 2014 at 6pm


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Billy Frank Jr and Hank Adams

I tell my people get ready. That guy, the salmon, he’s coming back.” – Billy Frank Jr.

Decades ago, in a far different America, salmon wars erupted on Northwest rivers. Unknown tribal members held up Indian treaties and took a stand for fishing rights. One was a Nisqually Indian named Billy Frank. “I wasn’t the Billy Frank that I am now,” the Nisqually tribal leader told reporters in 1984. “I was a bitter person.” Says friend Tom Keefe, “When I look at Billy Frank, and I guess I know more about him than most people, I can say there is a guy who decided that he could change the world by changing himself.”


American of the past sixty years. From his mediation of disputes between the US government and AIM in the 1970s to his key role in the Trail of Broken Treaties, Adams shaped modern Native activism. For the first time Adams’ writings are collected, providing a well-rounded portrait of this important figure and a firsthand history of Indian country in the late twentieth century.


Why Billy’s strategist Hank Adams is “The Most Important Indian”

You could never run out of adjectives describing Hank Adams. The Assiniboine Sioux is uncommonly gifted and marvelously complex. He is as elusive as he is loyal—and rarely without sarcasm. Though few outsiders grasp his role, Adams’s mark is everywhere in Indian Country, from its seminal events to its most obscure. Billy’s friend for a half century, Adams has played a central character at every turn in the Nisqually elder’s life. Hank was the one “making sure you understood that there was a problem,” muses Dan Evans, former governor, of their respective roles in the divisive fish wars. “And Billy was the guy who very quickly started to say, ‘This isn’t working. We’ve got to find a better answer.”


Willie Frank; Billy Frank Jr.; and Fran Wilshusen at the Nisqually Tribe’s charitable event. Photo by Peggan Hines


Willie brings extensive tribal governance experience to his role as a Councilmember. A graduate of Evergreen State College’s Native American Studies program, Willie plans to use his education to work for and with tribal members to plan future growth and development.

Boldt 40 years

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Hank Adams, Ramona Bennett and Billy Frank Jr. talk about the history of the Fish Wars.

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 Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Facebook


Was thinking that Governor Inslee should write another proclamation to honor the First Peoples of this land. Thinking we should make it for February 12th, it will be a day to be witness that the first people are still here. Thank you Creator! The day would honor the Boldt Decision and the ancestors of this land! What do you guys say ? We all need to write to him and make this so.

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“Boldt 40″, a day of perspectives on the Boldt Decision, on February 5, 2014, 10 am-4pm.


The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission & Salmon Defense will host an event, “Boldt 40″, a day of perspectives on the Boldt Decision, on February 5, 2014, 10 am-4pm at the Skookum Creek Event Center, Squaxin Island Tribe, Shelton, WA. 10 am-4pm

More information will be posted at http://boldt40.com .

BOLDT 4O Agenda

Back to the River

“Everyone needs a healthy watershed. It’s not just the Nisqually who need salmon, clean water, flood protection it’s everyone.”
-Georgiana Kautz (Nisqually Tribe)

THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY With Billy Frank Jr. “The Inupiat, Hanging On at the Top of the World”

Renowned Indian activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Billy Frank Jr. travels to the Native Village of Barrow, Alaska, the “front line” of the climate crisis.  This extraordinary special looks at the impacts of the crisis from the perspective of the Inupiat, and how these dramatic changes are threatening a whaling culture thousands of years old.  Produced, written and edited by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Harris, with photography from veteran photojournalist Kevin Ely and original music from Tim Truman.

Treaty Tribes release the State of Our Watersheds Report

The 2010 assessment declared that while protecting existing habitat is the most important action needed in the short term, salmon habitat continues to be degraded and better habitat protection efforts are needed. The assessment acknowledges that responsible harvest management is doing its share to support salmon recovery, and that salmon populations in many watersheds would not improve even if harvest was completely eliminated. Yet while harvest is held accountable for salmon recovery, habitat loss and degradation continue every day throughout every watershed in western Washington, destroying the salmon resource and along with it, the cultures, communities and treaty-reserved fishing rights of the tribes in western Washington.

“That salmon is us. All of us,” Frank said. “Whatever happens to that salmon is going to happen to us. If we can’t protect the salmon and its habitat, we can’t protect ourselves from the same things that are driving the salmon toward extinction.”

The State of our Watersheds report can be viewed online or is available on CD through the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Web site at http://www.nwifc.org/sow. The report is a living document that will be updated as new data become available.

The State of Our Watersheds report is part of the Treaty Rights at Risk initiative created by the treaty tribes in 2011 to address the erosion of tribal treaty-reserved fishing rights from the ongoing loss of salmon and their habitat. The initiative is a call to action for the federal government to fulfill its trust responsibility to the tribes and its duty to recover salmon by leading a more coordinated salmon recovery effort. More information is available at http://www.treatyrightsatrisk.org.

Reference: KBKW News

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Billy Frank Jr. on habitat decline and treaty rights

Billy Frank Jr., chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, talks about how the decline of salmon and salmon habitat are putting the tribes’ treaty rights at risk.