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Tribal Partners

CELP places tribal treaty rights at the center of our work. We recognize all of Washington’s First People and their ancestral ties to our landscape and waterways and the lives they support.


Our Work With Tribes

CELP has a long history of collaborations with Washington’s tribes by supporting tribal water rights in legal challenges over the years and working alongside them on water policy advocacy. Our partnership with tribes is vital to our mission, and it continues to be a priority in all our work. Our current board has several tribal members, and several other board members work for or closely with tribes. We include representatives from serval tribes on our board advisory committees as well.

CELP is committed to respecting and supporting Tribal sovereignty, co-management responsibilities, authorities, and rights, that foster a healthy, productive environment for all. We specifically work to support tribal treaty and reserve water rights by protecting instream flows set by rule from impairment and by working with our tribal partners to make Washington Water Law more equitable and sustainable.

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