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Indigenous leaders in ID call for action to save salmon

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Friday, September 29, 2023   

Indigenous leaders are traveling through the Northwest to highlight the plight of dwindling fish populations in the region.

The All Our Relations Journey is in Lewiston today and Saturday to call for the removal of four lower Snake River dams that are a barrier to salmon migration. Julian Matthews, a coordinator for Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment, will speak at the event and said saving the endangered salmon in Idaho waters is crucial for tribes.

"We don't want to go out and catch a couple of fish, man," he said. "This is a treaty right as per our agreement, and we want the U.S. government to hold up their end of it. And if the salmon go extinct, then they're not."

The journey started in Olympia earlier this week and is at Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston today and Saturday. It will be in Seattle on Sunday.

Matthews said abundant salmon populations also ensure orcas on the West Coast are fed. He explained that the term "journey" refers to humans' shared connection with the environment.

"We're looking at all our relations as the orcas, salmon, people, forests and living things being connected," he said. "So we're all related."

The campaign is traveling with an eight-foot steel sculpture created by the Lummi Nation in Northwest Washington. It's urging the Biden administration and Congress to protect and restore the region's endangered fish populations.


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