Yakama Nation

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Yakama Nation To Regain Full Authority On Tribal Lands

Yakamas to regain full authority on tribal land

In what tribal leaders call a historic development, Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday signed a proclamation that returns almost all civil and criminal authority over tribal members on the reservation back to the Yakama Nation. Tribal Council Chairman Harry Smiskin said the signing is not only “historic”…

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Tribes Recondition Steelhead to Bring Back Endangered Trout

Tribes Recondition Steelhead to Bring Back Endangered Trout

The notion of “reconditioning steelhead” might sound outlandish, even a bit ominous, at least when applied to an animal. Reconditioning is what’s done to prepare discarded electronics for resale, and the word carries connotations of recycling. How does one recycle a fish? It turns out, though, to…

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Opinion: How Indian forests sustain economy and environment

Opinion: How Indian forests sustain economy and environment

There are 18 million acres of forests and woodlands on 305 separate Indian reservations in 24 states in the continental United States. Nationwide, tribal forests support an estimated 19,000 jobs from timber harvest alone and many more from related activities. Local off-reservation economies benefit…

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Open Mike: Feds, Yakamas make historic pact

Open Mike: Feds, Yakamas make historic pact

Reporter Phil Ferolito joins Mike Faulk on Open Mike this week to discuss a recent pact between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Yakama Nation to notify tribal police before executing search and arrest warrants. The move could help widen the path for the Yakama Nation, a sovereign nation, to…

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Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Agroforestry

Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Agroforestry

Communities around the world have practiced diverse and evolving forms of agroforestry for centuries. While both indigenous and non-indigenous practitioners have developed agroforestry practices of great value, in this publication, we focus on the role of indigenous, traditional ecological…

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Best Practices Case Study (Territorial Integrity): Yakama Nation

Best Practices Case Study (Territorial Integrity): Yakama Nation

The Yakama Nation is located in central Washington State. Their struggles with land loss began over 150 years ago when, in 1855, the federal government pressured the Yakama to cede by treaty more than ten million acres of their ancestral homelands. In the latter half of the 1800s and early 1900s,…