On Wednesday and Thursday, August 20-21, 2014, the Columbia River Gorge Commission will meet with the Councils of the four Columbia River Treaty Tribes and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) for an annual government-to-government consultation. The 2014 consultation is hosted by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon. Consultation attendees will include council members and staff from the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
The Gorge Commission meets at the request of the tribes and as part of the Commission’s consultation responsibilities under the federal Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. The Commission has met with the tribes for formal consultation annually since 2008. In between the formal consultation meetings, Gorge Commission staff works closely in coordination with staff and members of the four tribes and the CRITFC on a wide variety of resource protection and community development issues in the National Scenic Area.
The government-to-government consultation meeting is not open to the public and the Gorge Commission will not address Commission business during the consultation. For additional information, please contact the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation at 541.276.3165 or contact the Gorge Commission office at 509.493.3323.