The Yakama Nation’s steelhead reconditioning program is like a retreat spa for fish. And it's changing the circle of life for the species.
The Yakama Nation is studying how spawned out Pacific lamprey can make streams healthier once the eel-like fish die. Similar salmon studies have shown ecosystem improvement.
Washington's Yakama Nation Indian tribe is asking the federal government to explain its position against slaughtering horses in the United States.
OROFINO, Idaho -- Steelhead in the Columbia River Basin are threatened. Current populations have dwindled to a fraction of the historic numbers a century ago. That has led two Northwest Indian Tribes to try something new to help this struggling fish survive.
A company building a natural gas pipeline across southwest Washington's White Salmon River says construction will be completed this month, even as a Native American tribe seeks a halt to the project.
RICHLAND, Wash. – A plan to allow elk hunting on the Hanford Reach National Monument is getting mixed reviews from Northwest tribes. The highly-protected area in southeast Washington used to be part of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and much of it has been long closed to the public.
TOPPENISH, Wash. – A restored wetland has returned wapato – a forgotten first food – to the Yakama Nation. The small potato had lain dormant for 70 years. Then nature surprised tribal members and biologists while they transformed wheat fields to wetlands: wapato began growing again. The first feast in generations to put wapato on people’s plates took place this month.
EarthFix's Toni Tabora-Roberts and Cassandra Profita (Ecotrope) had a chance to speak with journalists Tom Banse and Ed Jahn. Both reporters were on site Wednesday when a demolition crew breached the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River. Banse and Jahn share their observations from the scene and talk about dam removal in the Northwest.
Condit Dam was destroyed on Wednesday. That means salmon should be returning soon to the base of Husum Falls, upstream from where Condit recently blocked the White Salmon River. Yakama tribal fishermen are excited about fishing the falls again. But some recreational river runners are worried the tribe might soon erect fishing platforms and scaffolding across Husum Falls.
After lying dormant for 70 years, a sacred First Food has returned to the Yakama Nation: the wapato. This small potato-like tuber began growing after a decades-long restoration project transformed wheat fields back to historical wetland habitat.