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News and announcements from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

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Fisheries Technician Greg George Perishes in Columbia River Accident
Fisheries Technician Greg George Perishes in Columbia River Accident

“Greg grew up as a Columbia River fisherman and worked over the past 20 years helping to restore and protect the salmon runs, which he was doing when this tragic accident happened. He loved the river and saw the importance of his job protecting salmon. We can now say that he truly dedicated his life to this effort.”

Oxbow Mine Tailings Restoration Project
Oxbow Mine Tailings Restoration Project

A Warm Springs Tribe project on a damaged stretch of the Middle Fork John Day River is now unrecognizable. Thanks to these efforts, the ecosystem is well on its way to restoration.

Healthy Floodplains, Living Rivers
Healthy Floodplains, Living Rivers

The 2016 Future of Our Salmon Conference theme is “Healthy Floodplains, Living Rivers” to highlight the vital role of floods and floodplains to healthy rivers. The tribes viewed floods as natural occurrences that helped heal and sustain the land. Hopefully the efforts to undo the damage that avoiding floods and controlling rivers has done will gain broader support. By working together, we can help rivers act like rivers again.

Yakama Leader Patrick Luke Takes Reins as CRITFC Chairman
Yakama Leader Patrick Luke Takes Reins as CRITFC Chairman

Yakama Nation leader Patrick Luke was sworn in July 28 as the 2016-2017 chairman of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. He was selected by his peers from the Warm Springs, Yakama, Nez Perce, and Umatilla tribes to lead CRITFC at their June meeting.

Remembering Celilo Falls
Remembering Celilo Falls

Dipnetting from Albert’s Island at Celilo Falls. September, 1952. Photo courtesy Matheny...

Meet the New CRITFC Chairman Jeremy Red Star Wolf
Meet the New CRITFC Chairman Jeremy Red Star Wolf

Umatilla tribal leader Jeremy Red Star Wolf assumed the CRITFC chairmanship after it was vacated by N. Kathryn Brigham in December. Jeremy Red Star Wolf is the current Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.