Salmon People: A tribal fishing family’s fight to preserve a way of life
Wy-Kan-Ush-Pum means the Salmon People in the language of Native Americans who have lived along the Columbia River since time immemorial. We follow the lives of three Columbia River tribal people confronting the collapse of salmon populations.
After report on toxic salmon in Columbia River, Northwest lawmakers call for action
Citing a ProPublica and Oregon Public Broadcasting investigation into toxic contamination in salmon, the Oregon senator and others across the Pacific Northwest are calling for policy changes and more funding but are lacking details on next steps.
Unchecked pollution is contaminating the salmon that Pacific Northwest tribes eat
Native tribes in the Columbia River Basin face a disproportionate risk of toxic exposure through their most important food. While tribes have pushed the government to pay closer attention to dangerous chemicals and metals in fish, that hasn’t happened. So, we did our own testing. What we found was alarming for tribes.
The racism, and resilience, behind today’s Pacific Northwest salmon crisis
OPB investigative journalist Tony Schick shares this reporter's notebook. "Salmon have been endangered my entire life," he writes. "Here’s what I didn’t realize until I started reporting."
How a federal agency is contributing to salmon’s decline in the Northwest
Damming the powerful waters of the Columbia River was a boon for cheap, clean electricity. But the fish that swam those waters are dying out. And the agency in charge isn’t stopping that.
How we did it: Getting a handle on salmon data proved not so easy
Data reporter Irena Hwang thought counting fish to evaluate the hatchery system in the Pacific Northwest sounded like a fun project. That was before she started asking biologists about what the publicly available data could really tell us.
The US has spent more than $2B on a plan to save salmon. The fish are vanishing anyway.
The U.S. government promised Native tribes in the Pacific Northwest that they could keep fishing as they’d always done. But instead of preserving wild salmon, it propped up a failing system of hatcheries. Now, that system is falling apart.