The Fight of the Salmon People: Blending Tribal Tradition with Modern Science to Save Sacred Fish

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For thousands of years, Indian people lived in the Columbia River basin where salmon became the foundation of their culture, religion, and economy. Lewis and Clark were amazed at the abundance of salmon upon their arrival in 1805. However, that abundance began to diminish as more and more settlers arrived and they began to change the region's landscape. Settlers to the region found the ground fertile for a multitude of crops and soon their irrigation programs east of the Cascade Mountains diverted water to the parched land that allowed the new industry to flourish. Trees of the forest seemed endless, and soon the timber industry became a dominant force in the region. Many of the streams were turned inside out as gold miners sought to extract the precious metal from the salmon's spawning gravel. Meanwhile, with the development of the canning industry, salmon offered a bounty to the non-Indian commercial fishers. Their ingenuity to devise modern harvest equipment and techniques allowed them to catch more and more of the valuable resource. As the region emerged from the Great Depression, the environmental insult that rendered the salmon's utilization of its habitat an almost fatal blow was the construction of the hydroelectric dams. A once-majestic and free-flowing river system was blocked or turned into a series of lakes and reservoirs. For many residents, the solution was the construction of fish hatcheries to offset the continual loss of the resource. Numerous papers, reports, and books were...

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