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Tribal Perspective Report

Topic Area: Tribal Circumstances Report

This Tribal Perspective is provided to the Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration [hereinafter “Co‐Lead Agencies” or “Agencies”] in response to the Agencies’ email dated February 14, 2019, requesting submissions of Tribal Perspectives for the Columbia River System Operation Draft Environmental Impact Statement [CRSO DEIS]. This Tribal Perspective was prepared by the Nez Perce Tribe [NPT], Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation [CTUIR], Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon [CTWRSO] and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation [YN] with assistance by the Columbia River Inter‐Tribal Fish Commission [CRITFC][collectively the “Columbia River Treaty Tribes”].
The Columbia River Treaty Tribes expect that this Tribal Perspectives Report, incorporating by reference the entirety of the 1999 Meyer Report that serves as its foundation, will be incorporated in the CRSO EIS as submitted. The Meyer Report provides a useful framework for outlining and introducing tribal concerns and perspectives with the effects of the federal Columbia and Snake river dams on tribal resources, interests and culture. This Tribal Perspective draws highlights from the Meyer Report and supplements it with updated and new information.

White Sturgeon Hatchery Master Plan

Topic Area: Sturgeon

Construction and operation of the hydropower system has substantially reduced White Sturgeon productivity and fishery opportunity throughout the Columbia and Snake River systems. Sturgeon occur throughout most of their historical range but current production is far below the historical level. Low numbers severely limit sturgeon harvest opportunities throughout the basin, particularly for impounded populations upstream from Bonneville Dam.

Current status, limiting factors, and conservation, restoration, and mitigation efforts are detailed for White Sturgeon throughout the Columbia Basin in a Planning Framework prepared at the direction of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Beamesderfer & Anders 2013). This document was prepared by participants in Council-funded sturgeon projects with input from a series of regional workshops and identified a series of findings and recommendations which provide guidance for sturgeon programs and projects throughout the region. The framework found that careful use of sturgeon hatcheries has the potential to help perpetuate declining wild populations and mitigate for lost natural production in many impounded areas.

Consistent with regional sturgeon framework recommendations, the Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission prepared this Master Plan describing a sturgeon hatchery program designed to help mitigate impacts of development and operation of the Federal Columbia River Power System on sturgeon population productivity and fishery opportunities in lower mid-Columbia River and lower Snake River reservoirs.

Sturgeon hatchery program goals include:

  1. Enhance commercial, subsistence and recreational fisheries for impounded subpopulations of sturgeon consistent with habitat capacities.
  2. Conduct sturgeon enhancement in a manner which ensures protection and conservation of natural populations and the ecosystem.
  3. Employ hatchery-produced sturgeon as an experimental tool for applied research on limiting factors, habitat capacity, broodstock limitations, population parameters, and immigration/entrainment in natural populations.

Tribal Circumstances Report Executive Summary

Topic Area: Tribal Circumstances Report

Executive summary of the Tribal Circumstances Report, which considers impacts of the Lower Snake River hydropower projects  on the Nez Perce Tribe, the Yakama Nation, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. Each of these tribes is a sovereign nation, and is unique in many ways. At the same time, these four tribes have retained close linkages over the years: through blood ties; in cooperative pursuit of salmon and other food; and through religion, sharing of languages and similartity of treaties.

The Report also assesses impacts on the Shoshone-Bannock peoples, who live further upriver in the Snake River drainage, and who are more separated from the other four study tribes.

Tribal Circumstances Report

Topic Area: Tribal Circumstances Report

This report considers impacts of the Lower Snake River hydropower projects  on the Nez Perce Tribe, the Yakama Nation, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. Each of these tribes is a sovereign nation, and is unique in many ways. At the same time, these four tribes have retained close linkages over the years: through blood ties; in cooperative pursuit of salmon and other food; and through religion, sharing of languages and similartity of treaties.

The Report also assesses impacts on the Shoshone-Bannock peoples, who live further upriver in the Snake River drainage, and who are more separated from the other four study tribes.

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