Earlier this month, Swinomish tribal fishermen used a purse seine to harvest Fraser River sockeye in the San Juan Islands for ceremonial and subsistence use. Some of the fish was distributed for tribal members to cook or can, and the rest was stored for ceremonial use during the winter.
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Lummi Nation fishermen are returning to the traditional method of harvesting salmon in a reef net.
The tribe held reef net fisheries for hundreds of years at traditional sites such as Cherry Point, known in the tribal language as Xwe’chi’eXen. After the Lummi Nation signed the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855, …
For more than 30 years, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have been conducting a test fishery near Kingston, WA for chum salmon. The purpose is to give fisheries managers an idea of the size of the run that is headed for South Sound.
The fishery takes place over a course of up to six weeks in October and November, …
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe worked with a local landowner in Sequim, WA to remove a 600-foot long roadway and two culverts and replace them with a bridge in Washington Harbor.
The roadway and culverts were blocking tidal flow from flooding 37 acres of an estuary that was prime habitat for salmon. The results of the work, taking place from spring through early fall, were immediate, as …
Wildlife biologists from the Stillaguamish and Tulalip tribes are using elk scat to estimate the population of the Nooksack herd in the Acme, Wash., area.
Tribal biologists partnered with Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment to collect DNA from the intestinal mucus coating the scat.
“This is a non-invasive method that does not require collaring animals or helicopter time to survey them,” said Stillaguamish …
Pink salmon are flooding into the Nisqually River. The Nisqually Indian Tribe is counting every single one of them.
Here’s another look at the Nisqually Tribe’s natural resources office work with personally mounted cameras. This time, you’re heading underwater during a geoduck population survey.
The Nisqually Tribe’s natural resources office has been recording their activities over the last few weeks using personally mounted cameras. Here’s your first look, this time at steelhead surveys.
In the Pacific Northwest, many treaty Indian tribes hold First Salmon Ceremonies and Blessings of the Fleet to honor the salmon that sustain them, and protect the fishermen who procure it. This video shows some of the traditions practiced by the Swinomish, Lummi, Upper Skagit, Tulalip and Stillaguamish tribes.
Elders and tribal leaders from the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe teach a group of children in the summer youth enrichment program to gather cedar and prepare it for use in traditional crafts such as headbands and baskets.