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Thursday, March 7, 2024 – A major boost for salmon restoration in the Pacific Northwest

Two recent events are major wins for tribes in Washington State fighting to restore natural salmon runs. A federal judge just sided with the Puyallup Tribe in their lawsuit aiming to remove a dam on the Puyallup River because it harms endangered salmon and other fish. And a coalition of a half-dozen tribes just signed a $1 billion plan with the federal government to restore salmon populations in the Columbia River Basin.


Corinne Sams (Cayuse, Walla Walla, Cocopah), chair of the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission and chair/board of trustees member of the Fish and Wildlife Commission for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation  

Erik Holt (Nez Perce), chairman of the Nez Perce Tribe Fish and Wildlife Commission  

Jeremy Takalamember of the Yakama Nation tribal council