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Quinault Indian Nation

Quinault Opposes Chehalis Dam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2020   For more information contact: *Tyson Johnston, Vice President, Quinault Indian Nation, Tjohnston@quinault.org Mark Glyde, Quinault Indian Nation Communications, (206) 227-4346, mrglyde@gmail.com *Please contact Mark Glyde to arrange an interview with Vice President Johnston   EXTINCTION IS NOT AN OPTION: QUINAULT NATION OPPOSES CHEHALIS DAM    Nation calls for credible alternative to reduce flood damage throughout the Chehalis Basin   Taholah, WA – The Quinault Indian Nation today announced its opposition to a proposed dam on the upper Chehalis River near the town of Pe Ell in Lewis County. The Nation’s opposition is...

Lake Quinault Ownership Affirmed

federal court STANDS BY 2019 RULING THAT AFFIRMED LAKE Quinault IS OWNED BY THE QUINAULT NATION Taholah, WA – The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on January 10, 2020 affirmed the U.S. Court of Federal Claims dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to revoke the ownership of Lake Quinault from the Quinault Indian Nation. The July 24, 2019 dismissal by the Court of Federal Claims affirmed two prior court decisions rejecting the claim that the Quinault Nation has no jurisdiction over the lake. “The court’s decision should mark the end of this misguided challenge to the Nation’s ownership of...

Chehalis Basin Restoration Plan Critical

CHEHALIS BASIN RESTORATION PLAN CRITICAL FOR SPRING CHINOOK SAYS QUINAULT NATION Taholah, WA – The Washington State Office of Chehalis Basin today released for public comment the Phase 1 draft of the Aquatic Species Restoration Plan (ASRP) for the Chehalis Basin, the largest river system contained entirely within the state. The ASRP is being developed jointly by the state, the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, the Quinault Indian Nation and other interests in the Basin. “We appreciate the ambitious scale of the ASRP and the opportunity to join with our Basin neighbors to reverse decades of habitat degradation...

Quinault Nation Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

QUINAULT NATION JOINS LAWSUIT AGAINST EPA ROLLBACK OF CLEAN WATER PROTECTIONS in WA       Taholah, WA – The Quinault Indian Nation on October 1, 2019 filed as an intervenor in the State of Washington’s lawsuit defending clean water standards intended to protect human health and limit the amount of toxic pollution found in fish that are a dietary staple of Quinault Nation tribal members. The Nation’s motion supports the State of Washington’s lawsuit challenging a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reverse 2016 clean water standards intended to reduce releases of persistent toxins such as...

Lake Quinault Case Dismissed

Lawsuit dismissed that sought to revoke the ownership of Lake Quinault from the Quinault Indian Nation A federal judge on July 24, 2019 dismissed a lawsuit that sought to revoke the ownership of Lake Quinault from the Quinault Indian Nation. The judgement affirms two prior court decisions rejecting the claim that the Quinault Nation has no jurisdiction over the lake. “This latest court decision once again affirms our ownership of Lake Quinault and builds on decades of progress asserting the Nation’s exclusive and sovereign right to manage natural resources on our reservation,” said Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp. “Lake...

QIN Declares Drought Emergency on Reservation

Quinault Nation leaders have declared a drought emergency for the Quinault Indian Reservation as snow pack in the Olympic mountains has dwindled to zero percent of normal while total precipitation this year over the western Olympic Peninsula is the third lowest since 1895. The U.S. Drought Monitor on June 11 upgraded the drought classification for the Olympic Peninsula from “moderate” to “severe.” Drought conditions are expected to bring water shortages and restrictions as well as increased wildfire risk and hazards posing a threat to people, fish and wildlife. “The coming summer is likely to bring one of the worst...

Climate Change Effects the Pacific Northwest

Climate change effects — among them, increasing wildfires, disease outbreak and drought — are taking a toll on the Northwest, and what’s to come will threaten and transform our way of life from the salmon streams to ski slopes, according to a new federal climate assessment released Friday. The 1,000-plus-page report, produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, is the most comprehensive evaluation to date of climate change effects on the nation’s economy, human health, agriculture and environment. Thirteen federal agencies contributed to the report, which was required to be published by Congress. The federal report’s stark, direct...

Quinault To Host 42nd National Indian Timber Symposium

The Quinault Indian Nation is pleased to be hosting the 42nd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium in Ocean Shores, WA. The symposium will be held June 4-7, 2018 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. The theme for the Symposium is “Forests: Our Heritage from the Past, Our Legacy to the Future“. The Monday Pre-Symposium Workshops, Conference, Registration and Monday Host Icebreaker will be held at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. The Tuesday Host Tribe Dinner, Wednesday General Membership Meeting and Thursday Annual Awards Banquet will be located at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. Quinault has a long-standing relationship...

Fish and Wildlife Commission Takes Action on Protective Status of 8 Species

  The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action on the protective status of yellow-billed cuckoos, loggerhead sea turtles, fishers and five whale species at its Sept. 8-9 meeting in Port Angeles. The commission is a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. During the meeting, commissioners agreed to list yellow-billed cuckoos as an endangered species in Washington and elevate the level of state protection for loggerhead sea turtles from threatened to endangered. In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service distinguished the cuckoo in western North America as a...

This is the Pacific Atlantic Salmon Not Wanted Here

The Quinault Indian Nation supports Governor Jay Inslee’s ban on new net pens until investigated and the establishment of an ‘incident command’ team of state agencies in the wake of the disastrous escape of thousands of Atlantic salmon near Cypress Island. However, the Tribe is making two demands: The focus of the effort must include the ocean and rivers that connect with the ocean, as well as Puget Sound; As co-managers of the salmon resource, affected tribal governments must be factored into and fully considered in any related decision making. “The problem is not excluded to Puget Sound alone....