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Tulalip Tribal Members monitoring fish health

Tulalip Tribal Members monitoring fish health Tulalip Tribes w/permission

Past Tribal Wildlife Grants Continue Conserving, Inspiring and Engaging for the Future


As key partners in salmon protection and habitat restoration, the Tulalip Tribes of Washington have increased their scientific capabilities with support from the Service’s Tribal Wildlife Grant program. Funding for this project enabled the Tribe to get their Stock Assessment Laboratory off the ground and become self-sufficient in conducting their own stock assessment, thereby improving the Tribe’s management of regional fish and shellfish populations. The Tribe continues with the collection of thousands of biological fish samples and other important data used to improve salmonid management plans and enhance the conservation capabilities of the Tribe and their partners. Learn more about this program


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Director Dan Ashe signs the agency's revised Native American Policy at a ceremony attended by tribal representatives from across the continent.

Director Dan Ashe signs the agency's revised Native American Policy at a ceremony attended by tribal representatives from across the continent. Kayt Jonsson / USFWS

Revised Policy Strengthens Service's Tribal Collaboration for Conservation of Our Shared Natural Heritage


Native American leaders and Service officials today celebrated completion of the agency’s revised policy guiding government-to-government relations between tribes and the agency. The framework of the new policy emphasizes partnership and collaboration on natural and cultural resources conservation. Sixteen tribes worked with Service representatives for more than two years to revise the policy, which went through extensive consultation nationally, and in Service Director Dan Ashe’s words “will foster and nurture relationships with tribes and honor the mutual trust of guardianship we hold for decades to come.


Final Policy

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A young Billy Frank Jr. fishing along the Columbia River

Billy Frank Jr. fishing along the Columbia River Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Billy Frank Jr. Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom Award


“He saved the salmon that had fed his family for generations,” said President Obama. “He was spat on, shot at, chased, clubbed and cast as an outlaw, but Billy kept fighting because he knew he was right.”


The pursuit of justice is the work of every generation, and Billy Frank Jr. inspired all of us, native and non-native alike, to fight for what we believe in. Read more on Billy Frank Jr. and how he has inspired one Pacific Northwestern native:


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