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The Far-Reaching Effects of the Treaties

The Far-Reaching Effects of the Treaties

Since time immemorial, the health, spirit, and cultures of the Columbia River tribes have been sustained by the water, salmon, game, roots, and berries of our homeland— our sacred “First Foods.” When the Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Nez Perce tribes entered into...
The Mighty Columbia

The Mighty Columbia

Executive Director’s Message A recent meeting in Astoria on the Columbia River Treaty brought together representatives from 15 Columbia Basin tribes. Our discussions focused on the Columbia River and how to best serve its needs along with our own. During the...
Our Lower Columbia River Bird Problem

Our Lower Columbia River Bird Problem

  We often talk about the struggle of juvenile salmon and steelhead to survive their journey through the Columbia River dams but rarely do we discuss the challenges they face when their journey to the ocean is nearly over. Last month, a group of CRITFC...
Tribal Success: Snake River Fall Chinook

Tribal Success: Snake River Fall Chinook

Last year, a record 56,000 Snake River fall chinook passed Lower Granite Dam. Making this even more impressive is that only 20 years ago, these fish were on the brink of extinction. This is one of the greatest achievements of Columbia River salmon restoration efforts...
A Safer River for All

A Safer River for All

Paul Lumley, CRITFC Executive Director The 1970s was a time of great increases in Indian self-determination and rights advancement. In 1977, the four Columbia River treaty tribes formed CRITFC to exert their sovereignty in terms of fishery management and to ensure...
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