Racism alive in Washington State – Photo courtesy of the Tribal Tribune
BRIDGEPORT, WASHINGTON – The Colville Confederated Tribes’ purse seine, the Dream Catcher, was vandalized in the early morning hours Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in what appears to be a hate crime.
Colville Tribal Fish and Wildlife employees have confirmed, “KKK” and “White Power” were written in large markers across the front of the vessel.
“There were a number of things stolen. They cut the purse line and did a little bit of damage to it,” Mark Gauthier of Upper Columbia United Tribes told Tribal Tribune’s Shane Moses.
Despite the damages, the boat was able to operate this morning.
Gauthier expressed this incident had taken place in the middle of the night and Colville Tribe’s Fish and Wildlife (CTFW) employees discovered the vandalism when reporting to work.
The Dream Catcher is operated by Colville Tribe’s Fish and Wildlife staff as part of the Colville Tribes’ Chief Joseph Hatchery.
The Tribune reached out to the Tribal Police department, but due to this being an ongoing investigation, they could not comment at this time.
If you have any informatioin about the defacing of the boat, please contact Colville tribal police at 509-634-2472.
Editor’s Note: This article was written by Shane Moses of the Tribal Tribune.