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Bylaws of the Yakama Nation

The Bylaws of the Yakama Nation deal mostly with the preservation of wildlife and the vegetation around it. The Hanford Natural Resource Trustee Council (NRTC) is made up of representatives from the US Department of Energy, the US Department of Interior, the Nez Perce Tribe, the State of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the State of Washington, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation as the member trustees.

The Mission Statement:
“It shall be the mission of the Wildlife, Range, & Vegetation Resources Management Program for the Yakama Nation and its members to manage, protect, restore, and enhance the ecological cultural integrity of the Land & Natural Resources preserved since Time Immemorial and under the Treaty of 1855."

The Wildlife, Range, & Vegetation Resources Management Program seeks to protect, restore, and enhance the ecosystem integrity and traditional use of wildlife and other natural resources while supporting a culturally and economically strong, self-governing Sovereign Nation. (

Members and Representatives:
According to the bylaws of the Yakama Nation. Each trustee may have more than one representative, but each trustee only receives one vote when making decisions. The voting representative must notify the Chairperson in writing. The voting representative should attend the NRTC meetings on a regular basis providing input and vote on the matters facing the NRTC. Alternates may be designated in the event that the voting representative is unable to attend, these must be submitted by written notice to the Chair. Non-voting members may attend meetings and may contribute, but not vote.

Officers and Staff:
According to the bylaws of the Yakama Nation officers and staff are to be chosen to run the NRTC. The Chair shall be the contact and representative for the NRTC for all outside agencies. The Chair also runs the meetings and enforces the decisions made by the voting members. The Chair directs the discussions, conveys the findings and keeps track of the NRTC records. The Chair does not need to be a voting representative. The Vice Chair assists the Chair and serves as Chair in the absence of the chair. After the year long term of Chair, the Vice Chair takes over the position. The Vice Chair does not have to be a voting representative. The US Department of Energy or another Trustee will provide an Administrative Secretary for at least one year. The Administrative Secretary will keep track of all the meetings and correspondence as well as scheduling future meetings. They will also take care of other duties deemed by the rest of the NRTC.

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