Pacific NW tribes to call on Congress to breach Lower Snake River dams at U.S. Capitol

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Salmon Orca Project, representing the voice of Tribal communities across the Pacific Northwest, is heading to Washington D.C. on July 14 to call on Congress to breach the Lower Snake River dams.

This is the tribes’ next step in their fight against the extinction of salmon due to the negative impacts created by the hydroelectric dams on the Lower Snake River which crosses Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.  Dozens of tribal leaders and community members will be traveling directly to the steps of the U.S. Capitol to call out for respect for their tribal treaty rights and to remove the dams along the lower Snake River so that salmon can continue to thrive in the Pacific Northwest.

The in-person event will involve song, dance and other forms of social advocacy that will urge Congress to take action against salmon extinction and breaching of the Lower Snake River Dams. These Tribal led efforts, alongside conservation advocates will be featured in a format that encourages sharing of perspectives and experiences, and honoring the salmon who sustain the Pacific Northwest and the tribal way of life.

Speakers for the event will include Former Idaho Gubernatorial Candidate Paulette Jordan, the National Congress of American Indians and Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee recently released a report that said the best chance for the recovery of salmon is to replace the dams.  They are operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and owned by the people of the United States. If these dams were to be taken down for salmon recovery, it would be the largest dam removal in the world and the first-ever takedown of federally owned dams.

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