Tribal Hunting & Co-Management

In the mid-1800s, Isaac Stevens, the first governor of the Washington Territory, negotiated treaties with Native American tribes for the peaceful settlement of their traditional lands. By signing the “Stevens Treaties,” tribes reserved the right to continue traditional activities, such as hunting.

The 24 tribes that have off-reservation hunting rights in Washington can set hunting regulations for their tribal members. Those tribes can allow members to hunt on open and unclaimed land – public land that is managed in a way that is consistent with hunting – within their ceded area or within an area proven to have been traditionally used by the tribe.