The largest wetland restoration project on the lower Columbia River is reconstructing 965 acres of floodplain habitat and re-establishing native plants like wapato, a prized Native American first food that tastes like potato.
Native Americans are more than twice as likely to experience violent crimes compared to all other races in the U.S. In Oregon, there are at least 19 unsolved cases of missing or murdered Indigenous people. And now, a national program created through the Department of Justice is trying to address the problem with tribal outreach and data research. OPB spoke with Cedar Wilkie Gillette, the state's first appointed Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator, to find out more.
Derek Kimbol, a Klamath Modoc tribal member, described the history: “The women that used to pick the huckleberries, which we call iwam, they would burn — every four years — the huckleberry stands to bring back more iwam."