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An annual report from the treaty tribes in western Washington.
This report is an overview of natural resources management activities of the treaty tribes in western Washington. The tribes and their Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission are active in all aspects of natural resources management including hatcheries, fisheries management and habitat protection and enhancement.
The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) was created in 1974 by the 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington that were parties to U.S. v. Washington. The litigation affirmed their treaty-reserved salmon harvest rights and established the tribes as natural resources co-managers with the state.
The NWIFC is an inter-tribal organization that assists member tribes with their natural resources co-management responsibilities. Member tribes select commissioners who develop policy and provide direction for the organization.
The commission employs about 75 full-time employees and is headquartered in Olympia, Wash., with satellite offices in Forks, Poulsbo and Burlington.
It provides broad policy coordination as well as high-quality technical and support services for member tribes in their efforts to co-manage the natural resources in western Washington. The commission also acts as a forum for tribes to address issues of shared concern, and enables the tribes to speak with a unified voice.