The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Executive Director, Paul Lumley, today issued the following statement on the death of Herb Jackson:
“The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Herbert Jackson, a sitting commissioner who had represented the Nez Perce Tribe at the CRITFC table since 2000.
“Normally a very compassionate and gentle man, Mr. Jackson would become impassioned when speaking on behalf of salmon and especially lamprey. He was a strong advocate for improving the river system to help fish survive both downstream and upstream migration through the Columbia and Snake river dams.
“Mr. Jackson was a very well respected and beloved part of CRITFC and will be greatly missed. His work and dedication was recognized in 2013 when he was named the CRITFC Commissioner of the Year.
“On behalf of all the CRITFC family, I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this outstanding elder. We join the Nez Perce people in mourning the passing of this great man.”