2002 High Honors
Winners:
Department of Natural Resources. Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (Pendleton, Oregon)
2002
Publication:
Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations in the United States
Organization:
Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations in the United States
Jurisdiction:
Tribal Governments
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The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) initiated the Umatilla Salmon Recovery Project in 1980 to restore water and salmon to the Umatilla River while also protecting the local economy, which depends on irrigated agriculture. Remarkable both for its success in bringing salmon back to a river where they had been absent for seventy years and in the avoiding endless cycles of litigation frequently associated with natural resource and species restoration conflicts, the Project demonstrates the effectiveness of cooperative problem-solving.
 
In 1855, a treaty with the federal government brought the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Indian people together to form the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). As a result of this treaty and subsequent federal legislation, the Tribes