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- Landmark Agreement Between Tribes, States, and Fed Gov’t Signed February 23, 2024Combined effort and commitments between Federal government, tribes, and states strengthens collaboration for Columbia Basin restoration, salmon revitalization, and Pacific Northwest ecosystem preservation. A major advancement was made for the Northwest region’s ecological health today when the Biden Administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding with four tribes and two states in their efforts to develop […]Jeremy FiveCrows
- Fish and Basketball with Joe Blodgett February 22, 2024by Andrea Tulee, CRITFC Communications Today I will be interviewing Yakama Nation Fisheries Project Manager Joe Blodgett, talking with him about a new state-of-the-art fish passage structure at the Cle Elum Dam and also about his experience as the head coach of the Wapato High School girls basketball team. Hi Joe, can you introduce yourself […]Jeremy FiveCrows
- A Chat with Community Dev. Deputy Manager Faron Scissons February 21, 2024by Andrea Tulee, CRITFC Communications CRITFC is excited to announce Faron Scissons as our Deputy Manager of our new Community Development Department. Faron has been a critical part of the CRITFC team and we’re excited to bring her experience and expertise into this new role. Q: Thanks for talking with me Faron and congratulations on […]Jeremy FiveCrows
- 50 years of Boldt: Commemorating the historic treaty fishing right court decision February 12, 2024By Jill-Marie Gavin and Andrea Tulee, CRITFC Communications Auburn, Wash. – Tribal leaders, activists, and legal experts gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic U.S. District Court ‘Boldt decision’ at the Muckleshoot Casino Feb. 6-7. The two-day event hosted by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) filled the event center to capacity and […]Jeremy FiveCrows
- Tribes Unite and Achieve Milestones at 2024 ATNI Winter Convention in Portland February 2, 2024Photos and Story by Jill-Marie Gavin, CRITFC Communications Portland, OR – February 1, 2024 Tribal leaders, activists, and community members from across the Northwest gathered in Portland for the 2024 Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) Winter Convention, held from January 29 to February 1. The convention served as a platform for significant announcements, collaborations, […]Jill-Marie Gavin
- In Memoriam: Ted Strong January 31, 2024“Our vision is of a life-sustaining earth.” — Ted Strong The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission mourns the loss of atway* Ted Strong, Yakama Nation elder, leader, and former executive director of CRITFC. Strong was appointed by the Commission in 1990 and served in that capacity until 1999. Previously, he had served the Yakama Nation […]Jeremy FiveCrows
- Biden Admin Invests in Columbia River Tribal Fishing Site Water Systems December 20, 2023Today the Department of the Interior announced $27 million in new projects to protect Tribal communities by repairing and upgrading clean water systems and replacing failing dams. Several tribal fishing access sites along the Columbia River were among the projects. The funding is part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. “We applaud the Biden […]Jeremy FiveCrows
- Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Celebrates Historic Bridge Renaming Decision December 2, 2023Members of the Multnomah County Commission and Bridge Renaming Council pose together following the commission’s decision to adopt the name of Wapato Bridge for the bridge to Sauvie Island. The Commission was gifted by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission with a wapas, a woven basket traditionally used by Columbia River Plateau tribes to gather […]Jill-Marie Gavin
- A Conversation with Alyssa Macy (Warm Springs) on Native Leadership December 1, 2023As a part of Native American Heritage Month, CRITFC Public Affairs Specialist Andrea Tulee (Yakama) sat down with Alyssa Macy (Warm Springs) who was recently honored as a recipient of Ecotrust’s Indigenous Leadership Awards and participated on the Tribal Women’s Panel at the R.U.N. in Unity Convening coordinated by the Nez Perce Tribe and hosted […]Jeremy FiveCrows
- Whitman College Hosts Inaugural Pášx̣apa Pow Wow Honoring Indigenous Heritage November 24, 2023by Jill-Marie Gavin, CRITFC Communications WALLA WALLA Wash. – In a historic and poignant event, Whitman College hosted its first-ever Pášx̣apa (PASH-ha-pa) Pow Wow, marking a significant milestone in its efforts towards reconciliation and honoring Indigenous heritage. Held at the Sherwood Athletic Center on November 18, the event symbolized a bridge between the institution’s history […]Jill-Marie Gavin