Nez Perce Tribe losing funds for fisheries program

The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho is losing federal funding for its Fisheries Enforcement Department.

The U.S. Bonneville Power Administration denied the tribe's request for $511,000. The money is used for 10 to 11 full-time officers who protect the tribe's fishing rights and the rights of tribal members. The tribe fears it will have to lay off the staff in February.

BPA also cut funds to the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission's enforcement program.

Get the Story:
Tribe seeks fisheries enforcement funding (The Idaho Statesman 1/19)

Relevant Links:
Nez Perce Tribe - http://www.nezperce.org
Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission - http://www.critfc.org
Bonneville Power Administration - http://www.bpa.gov