The Governor's Office of Indian
Affairs, recognizing the importance of sovereignty, affirms
the government-to-government relationship and principles
identified in the Centennial
Accord to promote and enhance tribal self-sufficiency
and serves to assist the state in developing policies
consistent with those principles.
Acting as a central coordinating
body, the commission provides a forum for member tribes
to jointly address
natural resource management issues and enables tribes
to speak with a unified voice on issues of mutual concern.
To unite Upper Columbia River Tribes for the protection,
preservation, and enhancement of Treaty/Executive Order
Rights, Sovereignty, Culture, Fish, Water, Wildlife and
Habitat and other interests and issues of common concern
in our respective territories through a structured process
of cooperation and coordination for the benefit of all
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission's mission
is to ensure a unified voice in the overall management
of the fishery resources, and as managers, to protect
reserved treaty rights through the exercise of the inherent
sovereign powers of the tribes.