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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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August 19, 1997
Contact: Madonna Luers, (509) 456-4073

Public meeting on Colville Tribe Agreement is August 28 in Okanogan

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host a public meeting on Thursday, August 28, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Okanogan Grange, 305 Tyee St. in Okanogan, to discuss the state's fishing and hunting agreement with the Colville Tribe.

The agreement was negotiated in 1982 to settle litigation between the state and tribe over on-reservation fishing and hunting by non-tribal members. The agreement allows non-tribal members to fish the boundary waters of the reservation (Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt) with a state fishing license, and to hunt upland birds and waterfowl on the reservation. The agreement also closed the reservation to hunting all other wildlife.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, which oversees WDFW, recently requested a review of the 15 year-old agreement.

WDFW Regional Director Jeff Tayer will conduct the meeting to discuss the agreement and its future.