Haaland, Pinkham, and Dworshak Dam

Things are moving so quickly in Indian Country that it is hard to keep up. But I thought that anyone interested in this blog will be especially interested in Interior Secretary Haaland of the Laguna Pueblo Tribe, and Jaime Pinkham of the Nez Perce Tribe, came together at Dworshak Dam to celebrate the transferral of the fish hatchery, which was constructed in 1969, and has been co-managed by the tribe for the past 18 years, to the Nez Perce Tribe.

The tribe will be responsible for spawning and rearing steelhead, spring chinook and coho at the hatchery and taking care of the facility. The Corps will continue to own and partially fund the hatchery and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will administer the facility and be in charge of fish health measures.

The hatchery is a key cog in the federal and regional effort to produce salmon and steelhead to mitigate for declines caused by Dworshak Dam on the North Fork of the Clearwater River and the four dams on the lower Snake River.


Sweetening the Native mix in the federal government is yet another Biden appointment:

Mutáwi Mutáhash Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba’s signature will soon appear on U.S. currency. She will become the Treasurer of the United States and lead a new Office of Tribal and Native Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department.

On Tuesday, the White House announced President Joe Biden’s intent to appoint Malerba, who is the chief of the Mohegan Tribe. The Treasurer directly oversees the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Fort Knox, the Treasury Department said. She will also be a “key liaison with the Federal Reserve” and a senior advisor to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen “in the areas of community development and public engagement.”

This too from “Native News Today,” in “Native News Online,” a free online publication.

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