Tag Archives: Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Terry Williams on the next “Make No Bones About It.” 12-14-14 at 5pm


Terry Williams Bio


Terry Williams has served since 1982 as a Fisheries, Natural Resources, and Treaty Rights Office Commissioner  for the Tulalip Tribes, in Marysville, Washington.

Since 1985, he has also served on the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) and the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, and since 1997 he has been a member of the Pacific Salmon Commission.

He was the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s American Indian Environmental Office in 1995-96, and served as chair of the Tribal Committee of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee in 2003-04. In 1997, the Secretary for Policy and International Affairs Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior-appointed Williams to represent Indigenous peoples on the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. He served in 1985-95 on the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, Williams has received the Washington State Environmental Award and the Seventh Generation Legacy Award for his work, and he was a for the Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership in 2004.

In 2011, he was appointed in 2009 to the Governor’s Cap and Trade Committee, he was appointed to a federal committee to develop the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. In 2012, he was appointed to the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Ocean Acidification, the Department of Agriculture National Genetic Resources Advisory Council, and the National Ocean Council Puget Sound Task Force. He has been active for the past 20 years on climate change and adaptation issues concerning Tribal trust resources.

Terry Williams Bio

“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

Where the Salmon Run: The Life and Legacy of Billy Frank, Jr

Helping with the proof reading of this wonderful book before it becomes ready for sale. It is amazing. I am so grateful to have the blessing of helping with the proof reading of one of my hero’s. Uncle Billy!

A Legacy Project biography of Northwest Indian activist, Billy Frank, Jr.

Please complete the form below to be notified when Where the Salmon Run: The Life and Legacy of Billy Frank, Jr. goes on sale.

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Marlon refuses the grammy

Treaty Rights at Risk

As sovereign nations, 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington signed treaties with the United States, ceding most of the land that is now western Washington, but reserving our rights to harvest salmon and other natural resources. For those rights to have meaning there must be salmon available for us to harvest.

Today our fishing rights have been rendered almost meaningless because the federal and state governments are allowing salmon habitat to be damaged and destroyed faster than it can be restored. Salmon populations have declined sharply because of the loss of spawning and rearing habitat. Tribal harvest levels have been reduced to levels not seen since before the 1974 U.S. v. Washingtonruling that reaffirmed our treaty-reserved rights and status as co-managers with the right to half of the harvestable salmon returning to Washington waters.

As the salmon disappear, our tribal cultures, communities and economies are threatened as never before. Some tribes have lost even their most basic ceremonial and subsistence fisheries – the cornerstone of tribal life.