The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) will discuss proposing a carbon-tax initiative for the November 2018 ballot in Washington State. ATNI president Fawn Sharp observes that, “Others are advancing proposals, and we cannot be part of standing on the sidelines while we witness a woefully underfunded or woefully ineffective proposal move forward to the people.”
We haven’t seen an attack on tribal treaty rights like this by the State of Washington in a very long time… [Attorney General] Ferguson has gone out of his way to attempt to undermine our treaties and our way of life…We will fight him with all the strength we have.
—Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians
The 20 member tribes of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission support the state Supreme Court decision in Whatcom County v Hirst as essential to protecting the senior water rights of tribes and the environment.
Sightline examines the conflicts of interest of EnviroIssues, an oil and petrochemical industry PR firm, simultaneously doing work for government agencies overseeing oil industry development proposals.