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Columbia River tribes warn states about fish catch


Tribes with treaty rights on the Columbia River say non-Indians in Washington and Oregon are taking too much of the fish catch.

The Columbia River Compact calls for tribal and non-Indian fisherman to take equal amounts of fish. But the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission said non-Indians have exceeded their share in four of the last five years.

"The tribes take this extremely seriously," said Bruce Jim of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon.

The treaty tribes are the Warm Springs, the Yakama Nation of Washington, the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation of Oregon.

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