Hatchery Fish Are Treaty Fish

by Lisa Wilson Lisa Wilson Tribal treaty rights are being attacked by so-called conservation groups that threaten legal action against our hatcheries. Hatchery production is an essential part of salmon recovery. Along with harvest, habitat and hydropower, it is one of the four Hs that fisheries managers keep [Read More...]

By |2022-03-07T20:11:02-08:00December 31, 2021|Being Frank|

We Have No Time to Slow Down Our Recovery

Editor’s Note: Whatcom Watch first starting printing “Being Frank” — written by Billy Frank Jr. — with the April 2004 issue and continued running his column until May 2009, when The Bellingham Herald starting printing it. We started offering it again in September 2013 when the Herald abandoned it. Billy [Read More...]

By |2022-03-08T18:04:42-08:00November 30, 2021|Being Frank|

Lummi Nation Mourns the Late Lorraine Loomis

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Chair leaves behind a legacy of salmon and treaty protection Lummi Nation joins the Swinomish Tribe in honoring the late Lorraine Loomis, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Chair, a treaty rights protector and salmon defender. The following statement from Lawrence Solomon, Chairman of the Lummi Nation, [Read More...]

By |2021-09-29T08:54:50-07:00September 29, 2021|Being Frank|

NWIFC Chairperson Lorraine Loomis Walks On

Lorraine Loomis, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission chairperson and Swinomish fisheries manager, passed away August 10 at the age of 81. Loomis became fisheries manager for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community after the 1974 Boldt decision that reaffirmed tribes’ treaty-protected fishing rights. She began working in fish processing in 1970, and [Read More...]

By |2021-09-29T08:53:38-07:00September 29, 2021|Being Frank|
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