Indian fisheries panel elects new chair

Lorraine Loomis, a Swinomish tribal member and the Fidalgo Island tribe’s longtime fisheries manager, has been elected chairwoman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

Loomis, 72, replaces the late Billy Frank Jr., who served as the commission’s chairman for more than 30 years. Loomis will fill the remainder of Frank’s term as chairwoman through May 2016.

Shawn Yanity, Stillaguamish tribal chairman, was elected to replace Loomis as vice chairman. Ed Johnstone of the Quinault Indian Nation will continue as the commission’s treasurer.

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