Tribes ask for action on climate change - BostonHerald.com
WASHINGTON — Climate change is sweeping indigenous villages into the sea in Alaska, flooding the taro fields of native Hawaiians and devastating the salmon population from which Indian tribes in Washington state draw their livelihood, tribal leaders testified Thursday at a Senate hearing.2010: Record sockeye salmon run brings optimism to Canada | The Fisheries Secretariat
"The ocean is important to all of us," said Billy Frank Jr., chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, a group of 20 Washington state tribes with treaty rights to salmon fishing. "It’s dying. And who the hell is in charge? Nobody that I see."
But Frank said the EPA and other agencies still aren’t paying enough attention to tribal input.
"You don’t listen to us when we talk," Frank said. "We tell you what has to be done."
After dire warnings that the future of the Fraser River sockeye salmon was under threat, 34 million returned to spawn this year, making this the biggest run for over a century, according to the BBC “Newsnight” TV program.