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Yakama And Lummi Nation Leaders Call For Removal Of 3 Lower Columbia River Dams

[spokanepublicradio.org] The Yakama Nation is calling for the removal of three lower Columbia River dams — Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day — in an effort to save salmon and preserve First Nations’ culture.

Standing on the banks of the Columbia River Monday, near the remnants of Celilo Falls, Yakama Nation Chairman JoDe Goudy traced the history of decrees, congressional acts and court cases that led to the damming of the river.

“The false religious doctrine of Christian discovery was used by the United States to perpetuate crimes of genocide and forced displacement against Native Peoples,” Goudy said. “The Columbia River dams were built on this false legal foundation, and decimated the Yakama Nation’s fisheries, traditional foods and cultural sites.”

3 Comments

  • Alisha Williams
    Posted March 6, 2019 9:16 am 0Likes

    Thank you so much for the wonderful job that you do. We are going to join your campaign!

    • Kylie Jefferson
      Posted March 6, 2019 9:18 am 0Likes

      I am one of the volunteers here, and would like to invite you to one of our meetings

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