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Tribal biologists collar an Elk in Washington State

Tribal biologists collar an Elk in Washington State FWS Image

Native American Tribes in Oregon and Washington to Receive Nearly $1 Million


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced nearly $4.2 million awarded as part of the Tribal Wildlife Grants program to support 22 fish and wildlife conservation projects across the nation. Nearly $1 Million will go to Native American Tribes in Oregon and Washington that will benefit wildlife and habitat, including species of cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished.


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Dr. Zachary L. Penney, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, has been selected to lead the Fishery Science Department of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

Dr. Zachary L. Penney, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, has been selected to lead the Fishery Science Department of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. CRITFC Image w/permission

Nez Perce Member Tapped to Oversee CRITFC's Fishery Science Department


Dr. Zachary L. Penney, of the Nez Perce Tribe, will begin leadership of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission's Fishery Science Department. Following in the footsteps of Mr. Phil Roger, who retired after 34 years, Dr. Penney will oversee the organization's 45 scientists and support staff in the region, including the Hagerman Genetics Lab in Idaho, and research partnerships with the University of Idaho. The Department is committed to the protection of fish species in the Columbia River Basin and in providing the best scientific knowledge and traditional ecological data for planning, implementing and improving technical projects and programs throughout the region. We welcome Dr. Penney and look forward to working with him and his team on salmon recovery efforts.


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Tribal youth learn about conservation and native plants on the Malheur NWR

Burns Paiute Tribal image w/permission Tribal youth learn about conservation and native plants on the Malheur NWR

White House Welcomes Tribal Leaders to Tribal Nations Conference


This week, the White House will welcome hundreds of tribal leaders from across the country to the sixth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference - a gathering designed to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country. As we prepare for this year's conference, we're looking back at 2014 and the Obama Administration's ongoing work in Indian Country, from transformation on Indian education reform to progress on energy and economic development.


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