Yakama Nation http://nwpr.org en Lamprey Fishing Blessing Ceremony Has Tribal Sovereignty Undertone http://nwpr.org/post/lamprey-fishing-blessing-ceremony-has-tribal-sovereignty-undertone <p>You've no doubt heard people say they're "goin' fishin'." But how about going "eeling?" As in, fishing for eel.</p><p>For centuries, Native Americans from Boise to Wenatchee to the southern Oregon coast have harvested Pacific lamprey, colloquially called eels. Monday, the Warm Springs and Yakama tribes held a season-opening "blessing ceremony" at Willamette Falls. Correspondent Tom Banse reports the event happened against a backdrop of treaty rights tension over management of the dwindling fish. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:20:13 +0000 Tom Banse 46901 at http://nwpr.org Lamprey Fishing Blessing Ceremony Has Tribal Sovereignty Undertone Yakama Tribes Take Pot Stand On Traditional Lands http://nwpr.org/post/yakama-tribes-take-pot-stand-traditional-lands <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders of the </span>Yakama<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nation say they see little benefit to sales or farming of legalized marijuana on their traditional lands. And the tribes are making moves to prevent anyone from operating a pot business on an area that adds up to one-fifth of the state’s land mass.</span></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:19:10 +0000 Anna King 39986 at http://nwpr.org Historic Site, Rock Art Cave Delay Transmission Line http://nwpr.org/post/historic-site-rock-art-cave-delay-transmission-line <p></p><p><em>Northwest history is colliding with the need to upgrade the region’s electric transmission grid.&nbsp;It’s happening on a windblown patch of riverfront property at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.</em></p><p><em>The&nbsp;Bonneville&nbsp;Power Administration is trying to build a new transmission line across that land. But conflicts over historical preservation have increased the cost of the project to $185 million and stalled progress for more than a year. Colin&nbsp;Fogarty&nbsp;begins our story in&nbsp;Wishram, Washington.</em></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:33:00 +0000 Colin Fogarty 31920 at http://nwpr.org Historic Site, Rock Art Cave Delay Transmission Line How Pacific Lamprey Could Help Nourish Streams http://nwpr.org/post/how-pacific-lamprey-could-help-nourish-streams <p></p><p>Pacific lamprey are toothy eels that were once plentiful in the Northwest. Many considered them trash fish, but they are an important staple to Native American diets and ceremonies.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lamprey numbers have greatly declined in the past few decades. Now there is a push to understand more about the eels, so more can be harvested for tribal tables.</span></p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:37:18 +0000 Courtney Flatt 31564 at http://nwpr.org How Pacific Lamprey Could Help Nourish Streams