2014 Year in Review
Click here for CRITFC's major accomplishments and highlights of 2014.
Restoration to Harvestable Levels
The tribal salmon restoration plan Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit continues a tribal tradition of sound resource management.
Combining Science and Traditional Wisdom
The tribal salmon restoration plan Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit combines cutting edge science with traditional tribal knowledge.
Restoration to Harvestable Levels
The tribal salmon restoration plan Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit seeks to restore salmon to healthy levels that support a robust tribal and non-tribal fishery.
2015 Bonneville Fish Count
On Saturday, 22,449 fall chinook passed Bonneville Dam. So far 102,898 have passed this year.
Current year: red line; 10-year average: light blue area. Graph shows entire run period.
Full fish counts »
Salmon Struggling in a Changing Climate
For years, tribal members have been on the front lines of seeing the effects of climate change in the harvest of the First Foods. From earlier ripening times to odd game behavior, they’ve seen the ancient patterns disrupted more and more. Salmon and other fish... Continue Reading »
N. Kathryn "Kat" Brigham to Lead CRITFC
Umatilla tribal leader N. Kathryn “Kat” Brigham was selected by leaders from the Warm Springs, Yakama, Nez Perce, and Umatilla tribes to lead CRITFC as its 2015-2016 Chair. The current CTUIR Board of Trustees Secretary, Brigham is a veteran of domestic and... Continue Reading »
Salmon Camp 2015
Twenty youth representing the four Columbia River tribes gathered on the Nez Perce Reservation at Camp Wittman July 13-17 for this year’s CRITFC Salmon Camp. The participants learned about salmon biology, stream ecology, tradtional tribal ecological knoweldge,... Continue Reading »
2015 Fishers Expo
The Columbia River Indian Fishers Expo is hosted by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. This event provides Indian fishers with information, resources, and training that will help them improve river safety, fish quality, and equipment maintenance.... Continue Reading »
Celebrating Success and Continuing the Work
CRITFC Executive Director Paul Lumley’s Message This year’s spring chinook run was full of surprises—it came in especially early, quickly, and larger than expected. The fish counts at Lower Granite Dam, the eighth and final dam that fish must cross to... Continue Reading »
Columbia River Sea Lions
Columbia Basin residents have supported and invested in salmon recovery efforts for decades to improve the status of salmon. A number of California sea lions have learned to exploit an artificial situation at Bonneville Dam to disproportionately impact depressed salmon runs.Continue Reading »
Each week, the CRITFC workforce development program will post educational and workforce development opportunities. The categories include K-12 opportunities, internships, scholarships, jobs, and professional development opportunities. Visit the page here.Continue Reading »
Integrating Floodplain Management and Salmon Conservation
Can floodplains be managed to provide a healthier ecosystem, improve water quality and minimize flood consequences consistent with sustainable development? An expert group of speakers will explore these topics at an upcoming Continuing Legal Education course hosted by CRITFC and OLI on Nov. 7.Continue Reading »
This ancient fish has survived ice ages, mass extinctions, and shifting continental plates for hundreds of millions of years. Now, in less than a century, they have declined to the point where their very existence is in peril. The tribes of the Columbia Basin, honor-bound to protect them, are working to restore this important part of the ecosystem and tribal culture.Continue Reading »
Columbia Gorge Coal Transport
Three proposals are being considered that would transport coal through the Columbia River Gorge to be shipped to Asia. All of these projects will affect the Columbia and those who depend on it, creating environmental injustice as the burdens of the projects fall on those who will reap the least benefits.Continue Reading »