About the Yakama Nation

Yakama girl overlooks Husum Falls 2013.

Yakama Nation Fisheries is a program of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. The Yakama Nation has a traditional use area of over 11 million acres, where the Yakama People have hunted, fished, gathered, and practiced religious ceremonies since time immemorial. Each area has a name and a story of how it came to be. 

These stories have been handed down from generation to generation, through oral tradition in Ichi Skiin Sinwit (the words we speak), termed by linguists as Sahaptin. It is within Ichi Skiin Sinwit where the unwritten laws are passed down to the younger generations to show them how, when, and what resources to hunt, fish, gather, and protect. It is according to those laws that Yakama people have been appointed as stewards of the land to honor, protect, restore the resources for those not yet born. 

Yakama Nation At A Glance

  • Over 10,000 Yakama Nation Tribal Members
  • 14 Yakama Nation Tribal Council Members
  • 1.3 million acre reservation

Core Businesses:

  • Yakama Nation Forest Products
  • Yakama Nation Legends Casino
  • Yakama Cultural Center
  • Yakama Nation Museum
  • Yakama Nation Resort RV Park
  • Yakama Nation Land Enterprise
  • Yakama Power
  • Yakama Transit