Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
CBC Chambers, October 31
“I saw a grizzly once. It looked like it was gliding across Moses Meadows. I never saw it again, and I haven’t seen a grizzly since. We have 1.4 million acres here and I hope that by signing this treaty we will contribute to seeing grizzlies here again.”
Chairman, Dr. Michael Marchand - Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Business Council.
“People think that this is just about grizzly bears, but it’s actually an abrogation of our rights. We keep talking about death to sovereignty by a thousand cuts. This death is in a few cuts. Corporations are goal oriented. They remove the obstacles in way of their goal. First, corporations resist ESA listings, and so we’ll be in the way next. As tribal people we’re already an endangered species.”
Councilman Ricky Gabriel - Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Business Council.
“They have been attacking us for years and it hasn’t stopped. We survived those attacks, and we will continue to survive. It will be the grizzly, and the wolves, the animals we consider sacred that will save us.”
Councilwoman Sheilah Cleveland - Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Business Council.
CBC Chairman Michael Marchand
Councilman Edwin Marchand
Councilman Richard Tonasket
Councilwoman Sheilah Cleveland
Councilman William Womer
Councilwoman Susie Allen
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