BRIDGEPORT – The Colville Confederated Tribes’ purse seine, the Dream Catcher, was vandalized in the early mourning hours today, July 14, in what appears to be a hate related act.
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,” said Mark Gauthier of Upper Columbia United Tribes.
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 CTFW employees discovered the vandalism when reporting to work.
The Dream Catcher is operated by CTFW staff as part of the Colville Tribes’ Chief Joseph Hatchery. Crews us a purse seine to capture Chinook salmon for use in the hatchery and to distribute to the tribal membership.
Salmon distribution to Colville Tribal members is expected to continue as expected today.
The Tribune reached out to the Tribal Police department, but due to this being an ongoing investigation, they could not comment at this time.
More information and updates will be provided at tribaltribune.com.