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Treaty Victory as Northwest Tribes Celebrate Oregon Coal Train Rejection
Tribes opposed to the transport of coal by rail through their territory are celebrating the decision of the Oregon Department of State Lands to reject a permit application for a co...
Columbia River Tribes Celebrate Record-Breaking Fall Chinook Return 1.5 Million Strong
The number of Chinook salmon returning to spawn up the Columbia River is set to bust last year’s record of nearly a million, with a whopping 1.5 million fish returning this fall...
Carlos Smith New Chairman of Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Warm Springs tribal leader Carlos Smith was selected by leaders from the Umatilla, Yakama, Nez Perce, and Warm Springs tribes to lead the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commissio...
Fresh Columbia River Chinook Salmon! Tribes Open Sale Memorial Day Weekend
For Memorial Day weekend, leaders from the Umatilla, Yakama, Warm Springs and Nez Perce tribes opened a two-night commercial gillnet fishery that will bring ample amounts of fresh ...
Columbia Basin Tribes Applaud New Cooperation With Army Corps
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) has come out in favor of the bipartisan congressional conference report on pending legislation that would enable direct coo...
The Fire That Was Billy Frank Jr.; Indian Country’s Greatest Defender
Gale Courey Toensing
“I tell my people to get ready. Get your smokehouses back in shape. Don’t forget the ceremonies. That guy, the salmon, he’s coming back.” Billy Frank Jr...
Billy Frank Jr., 1931-2014: ‘A Giant’ Will Be Missed
Everyone had expected to see Billy Frank Jr. sometime that day at the mid-year conference of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians...
First Nations Save First Foods: Northwest Tribes Seek to Restore Historic Fish Runs
Salmon and other migratory fish attempting to return to their spawning grounds in the Pacific Northwest face no fewer than 400 man-made barriers in the Columbia River Basin, the ea...
New McNary Dam Passage Gives High Hopes for Pacific Lamprey
The Pacific lamprey, culturally significant to the Umatilla and other tribes, now has a shot at making it past the McNary Dam to spawn. The U.S...
Fall Chinook Salmon Spawn in Record Numbers in Snake River
Fall Chinook salmon not only returned in droves to spawn in the Snake River Basin, but also created a record number of redds, or nests, that bodes well for the future...
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