American Indians, since 1995, have been putting a drop net completely across the fish ladder at The Dalles Dam. This practice can run Monday through Friday with a maximum limit of four hours per day, usually determined by the number of buyers for these fish.

The drop nets are placed on the lower part of the fish ladder on the east side of the dam.

The criteria for the impact on Chinook salmon is 10 percent of the fall pack. A fall pack is defined as "100 fish going up, and if a viewer sees 10 fish going in the opposite direction," then the biologists make the Indians pull their net that day.

Where in their treaty does it say the American Indians can gain monetarily by selling fish? The treaty reads they may fish for their food supply or subsistence. My next question is what good is this treaty that they proudly flaunt if they do not follow all aspects of it?

How can game fish survive sea lion predation and gill netting? In addition, a drop net on the Oregon side of The Dalles Dam further diminishes the fish supply.

Finally, once these fish reach their destination, the American Indians can harvest fish on their spawning grounds.

Why don't tribal members practice the conservation they preach?

I, as well as others, am appalled that American Indians would stoop to drop-netting a fish ladder.

Glenda Christian


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