Tribes celebrates new treaty fishing access site
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Native American tribes are celebrating the completion of the last of 31 tribal fishing access sites along the lower Columbia River.
Congress authorized the federal government in 1988 to establish treaty fishing sites for tribes whose accustomed fishing areas were flooded when the lower Columbia River dams were built.
Construction of the first sites began in 1995. Members of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission celebrated the completion of the last site on Monday.
The 64-acre site near Dallesport, about 75 miles east of Portland, Ore., includes eight campsites for tribal members, a boat launch and dock, restroom and shower facilities, net repair racks and a fish cleaning table. Workers also conducted extensive environmental restoration at the site. The site cost $4.8 million.