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
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.