Mission

“The Compact of the Upper Snake River Tribes will work to ensure the protection, enhancement, and restoration of natural and cultural resources, activities, and rights of the Compacting Tribes that are reserved by Treaties and Executive Orders, protected by federal laws and agreements, or are the subject of aboriginal claims asserted by the Tribes.”

USRT Charter

Restore the Snake River Basin to a natural condition and facilitate tribal unity to protect and nurture all Compacting tribes rights, languages, cultures, and traditions.

USRT Coordination

Through information gathering and dissemination, facilitation of technical and policy meetings, and drafting of technical and policy statements, USRT coordinates and pursues fish, wildlife, land, water, air, Cultural Resource, and federal trust responsibility objectives and strategies to meet the policy and guiding principles of their Compact.

Member Tribes

Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation

P.O. Box 219
Owyhee, Nevada 89832
(208) 759-3100
Website

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation

P.O. Box 306
Fort Hall, Idaho 83203
(208) 478-3700
Website

Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe

111 North Road
P.O. Box 457
McDermitt, Nevada 89421
(775) 532-8259
Website

Burns Paiute Tribe


100 Pasigo Street
Burns, Oregon 97720
(541) 573-2088
Website

The Commission

Chair – Charlotte Rodrique, Chair of Burns Paiute Tribe
Vice Chair – Buster Gibson, Vice Chair of Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
Secretary/Treasurer – Tildon Smart, Chair of Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
Member – Billy Bell, Council Member of Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
Member – Eric Hawley, Council Members of Burns Paiute Tribe
Member – James Blossom, Council Member of Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
Member – Lee Juan Tyler, Vice Chair of Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Member – Nathan Small, Chair of Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Contact Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation

413 W Idaho St Suite 101
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208.331.7880

History

The Upper Snake River Tribes (USRT) Foundation is composed of four Indian tribes of the Upper Snake River region in Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon: the Burns Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation, and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation. In 2007, the USRT Charter was adopted pursuant to the Motherhood Document of 1998. The primary goal of the USRT Charter is to facilitate tribal unity to protect and nurture all compacting tribes’ rights, languages, cultures, and traditions in addressing issues related to the Snake River Basin. The tribes established a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, USRT Foundation, Inc., and opened headquarters in Boise, Idaho. The four tribes have common vested interests to protect rights reserved through the United States Constitution, federal treaties, federal unratified treaties (including but not limited to the Fort Boise Treaty of 1864, Malheur Treaty of 1864, Bruneau Treaty of 1866, and Long Tom Creek Treaty of 1867), executive orders, inherent rights, and aboriginal title to the land, which has never been extinguished by USRT member tribes. USRT works to ensure the protection, enhancement, and preservation of the tribes’ rights, resources, cultural properties, and practices and that they remain secured. These include but are not limited to hunting, fishing, gathering, and subsistence uses.

USRT Objectives

The USRT shall coordinate and pursue the following objectives and strategies through information gathering and dissemination, facilitation of technical and policy meetings, and drafting of technical and policy statements to meet the policy and guiding principles of the Compact.

Fish and Wildlife


Provide technical assistance and coordination of fish, wildlife, and habitat issues to ensure informed decisions by USRT and its member tribes.

  • Participate in regional forums and other tribal, federal, and state fish and wildlife regulatory and planning processes.
  • Provide policy and technical analysis of regional and national fish and wildlife issues.
  • Assist member tribes with local fish and wildlife issues.

Land, Water, and Air


Provide technical assistance and coordinate land, water and air issues to ensure informed decisions by USRT and its member tribes.

  • Assist coordination of activities with tribal, federal, state, and private land, water, and air managers, which impact trust assets and/or tribal cultural properties held in trust by the federal government.
  • Participate in regional forums and other tribal, federal, and state land, water, and air regulatory and planning processes.
  • Assist member tribes with local land, water, and air issues.

Cultural Resources


Provide technical assistance and coordinate Cultural Resource issues to ensure informed decisions by USRT and its member tribes.

  • Coordinate activities of tribal, federal, state, and private land managers, which impact trust assets and/or tribal cultural properties held in trust by the federal government.
  • Protect confidentiality of sensitive tribal information.
  • Participate in regional forums and other tribal, federal, and state cultural resource regulatory and planning processes.
  • Ensure inclusion of an expanded tribally defined definition of Cultural Resources, which includes tribal language, cultural and traditional values, in decision-making regarding Cultural Resources.

Federal Trust Responsibility


Provide technical assistance and coordinate federal trust responsibility issues to ensure informed decisions by USRT and its member tribes.

  • Participate in Federal family regulatory and planning processes to provide for protection, enhancement, and restoration of natural and cultural resources.

Staff

Heather Ray-Hofman

heather@usrtf.org
208-608-4131
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Jennifer Martinez

jen@usrtf.org
208-331-7880
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Robert Austin

bob@usrtf.org
503-880-8164
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Scott Hauser

scott.hauser@usrtf.org
208-995-4872
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