Video: Yakama Nation’s Work to Bring Back the Salmon
Time was when the salmon ran so thick you could walk on their backs to cross the river.
That’s how the elders tell it.
Then came the dams. The dams cut off key points in salmon migration, preventing the mighty fish from returning to their birthplace to spawn future generations. It was obvious to the indigenous experts that this was going to affect not only the well being of the fish species but also of the entire forest—and ultimately, of the tribes themselves.