Should dams be removed from the Columbia River? Native American culture is dependent on salmon. The Native Americans miss the sight of their beloved river bare of dams.
There are other options for clean energy tnan just dams. All these reasons lead me to believe that dams should be removed.
Native American culture is dependent on salmon. On the Center for Columbia River History site a man named Leroy Seth, from the Nez Pierce tribe said, “We learn a lot of lessons
from watching animals. The salmon are one of our best teachers. We learn from them that we have certain things by the seasons. We learn from them that as smolts
going to the ocean and observe them returning home. We see them fulfill the circle of life, just as we must do. If the salmon aren’t there, the circle becommes broken ans we
all suffer.” Delbert Frank, Sr., from the Warm Spring tribe “Our religious leaders told us that if we don’t take ccare of the land, the water, the fish, the game, the roots and the
berries we will not be around here long. We must have our salmon forever!‘ These quotes tell us that the salmon are very important to the native American’s religions. The salmon
shortages are not all that are making the Native Americans upset about dams.
Many native Americans who live in the northwest miss the sight of their beloved Celilo Falls. “Early March marks a sad anniversary in the history of the mid-Columbia River and its
Native American tribes. 10a.m. March 10, 1957, the gates of the Dalles Dam closed, and the mighty river’s waters quickly inundated Celilo Falls, an area eight miles
upstream that, for thousands of years, had been one of the busiest–and morst sacred–fishing and trading sites in North America. Observers later recalled Native American
tribes’crying and singing the religious songs that they sing at funerals'”, wrote Marty Hugley a reporter for Oregon Lives. Also Yellow Wash and ITCF officer said that years ago the
bovernment wanted to bring back Celilo Falls for a day. The chief of the tribes who went to the falls to fish refused. They refused because the pain of losing Celilo was great, but they know that having
the Falls back for a day and then watch it be engulfed again would have a far greater pain. These are not the only was that dams effect the rivers
There are more options for energy than just dams. You could have solar panels. The solar panels are better for the environment, they won’t hurt any animals in the ares. Even on cloudy days
would still be electricity. another could be lunar. The lunar and solar panels are basically the same with one difference. The sun is used for one and the moon the other. They are much safer for energy
than the dams. They could even be just flat out the way on your own roof top! This shows that there are other solutions for the dams.
These are the reasons why I believe the dams should be removed from the Columbia river. Dams are a leading cause for salmon going extinct. Native Americans along the Columbia river are
dependent on the salmon for teachings and food. Native Americans miss the beautiful sight of Celilo Falls roaring toward the ocean. Also there are more options to get Eco friendly power.