The treaty tribes in western Washington released a comprehensive report on how climate change is hurting tribal treaty rights and natural resources.
This report from the twenty member tribes of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission focuses on the impacts of climate change to homelands, waters, and ways of life. These tribes have a historical and contemporary relationship with the watersheds and ecosystems of the Pacific Ocean coast, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Hood Canal, and Puget Sound. Virtually all of the resources and activities that treaties protect—fishing, gathering, and hunting—are impacted by the effects of climate change. In this report, they present collective concerns and an overview on the regional scale of changes in natural systems and the challenges they are facing.