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Tribal leaders take their case on Willamette River cleanup to D.C.

Street Roots, August 2nd, 2016

“Fishing isn’t just a right on paper for us, it’s a part of who we are and how we live” said Virgil Lewis, a member of the Yakama Tribal Council. “This plan does not go far enough to protect the waters and fish, and therefore violates the treaty that reserves our right to a meaningful fishery where we can harvest healthy fish that are safe to eat. Our expectation is that the EPA will revise this plan to protect our people, our fish and our way of life. In doing so, the general population of the region will also benefit as will the economy.”

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