“Today marks a historic step towards achieving a new vision for the restoration of our Columbia River salmon runs,” said Yakama Nation Chairman Gerald Lewis. “We applaud the Biden Administration’s recognition that a collaborative path exists to achieve salmon restoration and a durable energy future throughout the Columbia River Basin for all governments and stakeholders."
President Biden released a landmark Presidential Memorandum on September 27, 2023 directing federal agencies to focus on the restoration of salmon and other native fish in the Columbia River Basin and affirming his Administration’s commitment to honoring the U.S. government’s treaty and trust obligations to the Yakama Nations and other Columbia Basin tribes.
“We are pleased that President Biden made this public commitment to Columbia Basin restoration, and we look forward to working with the Administration and with our neighbors to advance the urgent actions we need to save our salmon while also ensuring that our communities will be resilient for generations to come.” Yakama Tribal Council Fish & Wildlife Committee Chair, Jeremy Takala.
Please see attached press release for more.
To read the Presidential Memorandum in full, go to:
For the Fact Sheet: https://www.whitehouse.gov/.../fact-sheet-president.../
For more information on the important work Yakama Nation Fisheries undertakes within the Columbia River Basin, go to: https://yakamafish-nsn.gov/