Tribal Relations

A wide river flows between hills and bluffs.The Columbia River Gorge has been home to Indian people since "time  immemorial". You can see the Indian fishing platforms along the river bank throughout the Gorge.  In the treaties of 1855, the Tribes of the area ceded lands to the federal government but they retained some rights

"The exclusive right of taking fish in the streams running through and bordering said reservation is hereby secured to said Indians, and at all other usual and accustomed stations in common with citizens of the United States, and of erecting suitable buildings for curing the same; the privilege of hunting, gathering roots and berries and pasturing their stock on unclaimed lands in common with citizens is also secured to them." [Treaty with the Cayuse, Walla Walla]

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (CRGNSA) consults with tribes on a government-to-government basis about proposed Forest projects. Through this consultation, the CRGNSA builds productive working relationships with tribal leaders, government officials, and resource managers. The CRGNSA consults with federally recognized tribes that are culturally and historically affiliated with, and have ongoing interest in management of CRGNSA administered lands, as prescribed in the National Scenic Area Act (1986).  These tribes include the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, and Yakama Nation, Nez Perce Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation. The Warm Springs and Yakama Tribes have ceded lands within the National Scenic Area but all four have strong ties to the river.  The Forest Service also consults with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, the Cowlitz Tribe and the Siletz Tribe.  

View Tribal information in the CRGNSA Management Plan