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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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15 Tribes of the Columbia Basin met in November to protect the Columbia Basin Watershed

15 Tribes of the Columbia Basin met in November to protect the Columbia Basin Watershed CRITFC Image w/permission

Tribal Partners Protectinig the Waters of the Columbia Basin


The tribes of the Pacific Northwest have been advocates of improving water quality for decades. The Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and their work with Columbia Basin tribes, remind us that water should be protected and respected, not just because it's a treaty protected obligation, but because all life in the region depends on it. Working together, the tribes have agreed to routinely meet to discuss future strategies and design plans that will protect and conserve our most precious natural resources.


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