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Nez Perce official stresses importance of fish

The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho is considering a lawsuit against the federal government for the failure to protect salmon fisheries, the tribe's biologist said.

Under an 1855 treaty, the Nez Perce have the right to fish "at all usual and accustomed places," including off-reservation sites. But biologist Emmit Taylor said the government has allowed salmon habitat to be destroyed by placing dams on the Clearwater, Snake and Columbia rivers.

As a result, Taylor said the tribe has lost its economy and has been plagued by social and health problems, like diabetes.

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Relevant Links:
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Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission -

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