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Healthy Floodplains, Living Rivers

Healthy Floodplains, Living Rivers

In preparation for the 2016 Future of Our Salmon Conference in October, CRITFC, along with a number of other intertribal organizations and tribes co-hosted a pre-conference Technical Workshop in Spokane, Washington. The workshop was held in preparation for the main...
Celebrating Success and Continuing the Work

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 get to...
Forecasting Salmon Runs

Forecasting Salmon Runs

CRITFC Executive Director Paul Lumley’s Message One of the key pieces of information in fishery planning is the pre-season forecast—an estimate of how many salmon will be returning. This isn’t always a perfect science and it is based on past perfomance. In some...
Our Shared Duty and Obligation to Protect Water

Our Shared Duty and Obligation to Protect Water

C. McKinley with catch on Big Island. Circa 1956. Photo courtesy the Matheny Collection. CRITFC Executive Director Paul Lumley’s Message Elders who fished at Celilo Falls talk about having small metal cups on a string that they would lower into the river to get a...
The Changing Climate

The Changing Climate

For thousands of years, tribal cultures have been based on the First Foods that each came at their appointed time. Our calendars and travels were based on when these sacred foods—the salmon, the game, the roots, and the berries—were ready for harvest. Now, tragically,...

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