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Synopsis: A short history of what led the Spokane Tribe to establish tribal water quality standards on the Spokane River through the EPA and the Clean Water Act by applying for and receiving the “Treatment as a State” designation in order to save the water, the fish, their culture and way of life.



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14 minutes

Director's Bio

Jeff Ferguson Bio
Freelance photo/videographer Jeff Ferguson is a Spokane Tribal member who holds an A.A.S. in Photography from Spokane Falls Community College, a B.A. in Communications from Whitworth University and an M.B.A. in the American Indian Entrepreneurship from Gonzaga University.
Born in Pullman, WA he was raised and currently resides in Spokane, WA. He has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout the U.S and abroad.
Much of his inspiration is derived from the beauty of the Northwest, his Native heritage and from great photographers like Edward Curtis, Lewis Hine, Richard Avedon, Mary Ellen Mark and other great artists like George Flett and Andy Warhol.
Current issues, true-life events and the unique individuals he has met along his journey inspire his editorial and documentary work.
Although most of his work is commercial, editorial, portraiture and sports photography his true passions lie in fine art photography, documentary video, cultural preservation and raising awareness to current and ongoing issues facing Indian Country.

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