Mission Statement and Goals

Tribal government begins with the people, their culture, and their way of life. Tribal members have chosen a fourteen-member council structure to serve in the tribal member’s best interest. The fourteen-member Colville Business Council is the recognized and representative governing body of the Tribes. The following declaration sets forth the Tribal Mission Statement (Resolution 1989-45):

"The mission of the Colville Business Council, governing body of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation, is to establish policies which would improve the economic condition of the Confederated Tribes, its members and posterity, with emphasis toward the most efficient and effective development, preservation, and protection of the resources available, including human and renewable natural resources, resulting in minimum negative impacts upon the culture and traditions of the enrolled members of the Colville Confederated Tribes."

Parks & Recreation Mission/Goals/Objectives:
With the above Mission in mind, the Colville Confederated Tribes Park & Recreation Program created their mission that will be the driving force behind current and future recreation development. This mission is as follows:

“The mission of the Colville Confederated Tribes Parks & Recreation Program is to provide a diverse Reservation network of parks and recreational facilities which affords Tribal and non-Tribal members a convenient access to a wide range of recreational opportunities, cultural use, and provides for continued expansion of parks and recreational facilities as they become needed.”

There are six Goals with objectives for each. The Park & Recreation Program will strive to meet their goals and objectives to encourage the implementation of the Programs mission. The Goals with Objectives are as follows:

A. Encourage Cultural and Traditional balance among programs, facilities, people, and nature.

  1. Participate and encourage programs and organizations that provide cultural and traditional activities.
  2. Keep the CCT History Program and the Cultural Committee abreast of current and future recreational projects that may have an affect on the Cultural and Traditional areas of the Reservation.

B. Satisfy Recreation and Open Space needs for Multicultural Communities within the external Boundaries of the Reservation.

  1. Guide future recreational opportunities for the general population toward the fringe of the Colville Reservation and maintain the interior for Tribal member use.

C. Encourage Government-to-Government cooperation in recreation issues.

  1. Attend and participate in various recreational related meetings with Tribal, City, County, State, and/or Federal programs.

D. Provide year-around recreation opportunities that do not have negative impacts on the natural environment.

  1. Provide amenities that encourage safe and environmental friendly recreational opportunities such as trails, watercraft launches, campground amenities, etc.
  2. Research and expand recreational opportunities such as cross-country skiing, rock climbing, cultural learning trails, bike paths, etc.

E. Unique natural areas such as stream courses and rock areas should be considered as possible recreation resources and be developed with recreation facilities of a nature which would not destroy their natural qualities.

  1. The special scenic, recreational, and historic importance be preserved, protected, and/or acquired and developed for park open space.
  2. Work with others in developing coordinated plans to decrease the visual impact of utilities, railroads, and highways through buffers, underground utilities, and other programs.

F. Preserve historic monuments, structures and sites of historical interest.

  1. Preserve the cultural and heritage of the Indian people and of the Colville Indian Reservation
  2. Enrich the beauty of the Colville Indian Reservation through care and preservation of historic sites and structures.
  3. Develop historic preservation programs which will complement part, recreation, and open space development programs.
  4. Review and make applications to appropriate federal/state-funding agencies for funds to assist in historic preservation and restoration programs, especially on those sites and structures already identified