Communities Pulling Together

Native canoes, singers and dancers come to Blaine for Labor Day weekend.


Salmon Farm Disaster

Escaped Atlantic salmon from fish farms–and the diseases they carry–are heading for Salish Sea rivers, where they pose a threat to endangered wild Pacific salmon. In an emergency response following the structural collapse of a Cooke Aquaculture net-pen near Cypress Island, Lummi Nation Fisheries has hauled in 200,000 pounds of the escaped salmon.

For background on fish farms in Washington state, read the report by Anne Mosness.

Opposing Tribal Rights

In an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of tribal sovereignty and cultural resource protection, the Seattle Times editorial board conflates treaty fishing rights of Northwest Indians with undue political influence. Rather than acknowledge the jurisdictional interest pertaining to land and water use affecting salmon reproduction–retained by the tribes in the treaties with the US–the Times board adopts the anti-Indian position promoted by former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, himself known for his inflammatory, racist remarks.