Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Members of the Multnomah County Commission and Bridge Renaming Council pose together following the commission’s decision to adopt the name of Wapato Bridge for the bridge to Sauvie Island. The Commission was gifted by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission with a wapas, a woven basket traditionally used by Columbia River Plateau tribes to gather […]
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As a part of Native American Heritage Month, CRITFC Public Affairs Specialist Andrea Tulee (Yakama) sat down with Alyssa Macy (Warm Springs) who was recently honored as a recipient of Ecotrust’s Indigenous Leadership Awards and participated on the Tribal Women’s Panel at the R.U.N. in Unity Convening coordinated by the Nez Perce Tribe and hosted […]
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by Jill-Marie Gavin, CRITFC Communications WALLA WALLA Wash. – In a historic and poignant event, Whitman College hosted its first-ever Pášx̣apa (PASH-ha-pa) Pow Wow, marking a significant milestone in its efforts towards reconciliation and honoring Indigenous heritage. Held at the Sherwood Athletic Center on November 18, the event symbolized a bridge between the institution’s history […]
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Salmon Claus and his helpers at the 2021 event. It’s that time of year again! Salmon Claus is making preparations to spread holiday cheer to the children and elders living at the tribal fishing access sites along the Columbia River. CRITFC invites the public to help make the season a bit brighter for the tribal fishing […]
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Most people know that anadromous fish like salmon die shortly after they spawn. Most steelhead in the Columbia Basin only spawn once, as well. But when the conditions are right, steelhead can spawn a second time. Around two percent of the Columbia Basin steelhead population successfully spawns twice. These repeat spawners are called “kelts.” Thousands […]
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by Jill-Marie Gavin, CRITFC Communications HAGERMAN, Idaho — Nestled on the banks of the Snake River, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s Hagerman Fish Genetics Lab has produced some groundbreaking research in the field of fisheries genetics. But this year, a new chapter unfolded with development of an internship program intended to stimulate opportunities for […]
CRITFC's new CFO Catherine Villarreal is a citizen of the Ottawa Tribe in Oklahoma. CRITFC is excited to bring her on as a highly valued team leader in our fight to put fish back in the rivers and restore the watersheds where they live. In an interview, Catherine shared what lead her to this new position. During our conversation and how her experience and interests help salmon and the environment.
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CRITFC is excited that Elaine Harvey (Yakama) has joined our team to lead the Watershed Department. Elaine is respected for both her professional and educational accomplishments as well as her dedication in the longhouse communities to the culture of the Columbia River Plateau people. Prior to taking on her new role, Elaine served as the […]
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Thanks to the heroic efforts and sacrifice of the salmon, people, animals, and plants hundreds of miles from the coast can take part in the richness that the ocean provides. On World Oceans Day, we honor the gifts that the oceans provide.
By Jill-Marie Gavin for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission MISSION – The Children’s Root Feast returned to the Mission Longhouse after a 3-year hiatus due to the Covid- 19 pandemic. Nearly 500 community members gathered on May 11 to celebrate the in-person return of this annual celebration and feast. Three days before the feast, […]