A fishing rights advocate and former member of the Tribal Executive Committee has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Lewis-Clark State Colleges Native American Club. Ipsusnute V of Lapwai, formerly known as Jesse Greene, was nominated for his achievements on behalf of the tribe. My family holds a high regard for this individual, said Richard Arthur, the sophomore business management major who made the nomination. Every time his name is mentioned its mentioned with respect for his advocacy for fishing rights and what he was able to accomplish. Ipsusnute has been part of many pivotal fishing rights decisions in Oregon courts, first winning a jury verdict for Columbia fishing rights in 1967, daughter Kerma Greene said. In the 1980s, Ipsusnutes fishing at Preachers Eddy generated more controversy, but the tribal council passed a resolution in 1985 that secured him the right to fish there. Ipsusnute served on the tribes executive committee for eight years between 1967 and 1981. He also was voted a lifetime charter member of the tribes fish commission last year.
Chairman Samuel N. Penny attacked the federal governments failure to issue permits to Washington and Oregon to take a limited numbers of listed Snake River chinook in the lower Columbia River. The action forced closure of the sport fishing season on spring chinook March 16. The Columbia River treaty tribes reacted with frustration at the news and accused the National Marine Fishery Service of instigating a fight between the states and tribes. The federal government appears to be more interested in creating dissension among state and tribal fisheries managers by trying to incite a fight between us rather than upholding its legal obligation. In the past such matters were settled by the Columbia River Fish Management plan, but hat expired in July. As many as 134,000 upper Columbia River and Snake River chinook adults are expected to return this year and Idaho plans a sport fishery on the Clearwater and Little Salmon rivers for hatchery-raised chineek. A season is not expected to be set until mid-April or early May.