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Coeur d'Alene Treaty Signing, 19 Oct. 2016

“We thank Chairman Allan for his leadership on this issue, and the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council for its support. An example of the significance of the grizzly bear to the Coeur d’Alene people can be found in a collection of Coeur d’Alene traditional narratives, in which the grizzly bear is referenced over 100 times. As a member nation of the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT), the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has defended the sacred and advocated for the Great Bear to be saved in the Cascades. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s commitment to the values of our ancestors and the environment can be seen in the Coeur d’Alene Basin Restoration Project, and the initiation of the largest natural resource damage lawsuit in US history. With the signing of this treaty, Chairman Allan continues that tradition of traditional earth stewardship in honor of our ancestors and for our future generations.”

Chief Stan Grier, Piikani Nation.

Chairman Allen signs the treaty at his offices

Johnny Arlee, Elder of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, explains why grizzly bears are sacred in the culture and must remain protected, never trophy hunted.

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