1. Eel: Missing Piece to Salmon Recovery?

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    By Tileena Leighton About four years ago the Nez Perce Tribe’s fisheries department started the translocation of the Pacific Lamprey Eel in hopes to assist in the recovery of the Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon. “We had thousands of eel in here [Snake River], maybe even in the millions,” Nez Perce Tribal member and eel project coordinator,” Elmer Crow said. “For the past five to six years all that’s come over Lower Granite Dam is double digits. So, we’ve got a problem.” The Pacific Lamprey Eel is a nutritious source of food for other fish. “One of the questions we’ve always asked,” Crow said, “is is this a part of Salmon recovery that’s missing?” The 15 Fish were picked up from John Day Dam, which is located on the Snake River on the border of Idaho and Oregon, and relocated to the Tribe’s Big Canyon Fall Chinook Acclimation Facility in Juliaetta, Idaho. They will live in a large tank until they are released into area creeks. “The biology, and the restoration, and keeping these things alive is very important,” Crow said, “but it’s just as important or more important to me personally because of the cultural, spiritual values of the Nez Perce people.”

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    • Coeur d'Alene Tribe Launches Video Sharing Site

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      By Tileena Leighton Plummer, Idaho— Tired of searching for Native media or losing your videos among the millions of random YouTube pieces? With the launch of RezKast Native Americans no longer need to waste their time. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe launched RezKast, a native content site, in July with high hopes of preserving the Native culture, history, and language before it disappears. “Of course there is always the entertainment factor,” said Valerie Fast Horse, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s IT Director, “what’s an Indian Community without entertainment and laughter?” With the help of a USDA grant and some assistance from the tribe, a staff of about four is learning the skills to upload stories from their community. Fast Horse says they recognize that there are other video sharing sites out there, but she wanted to simplify the search. “It’s hard to sort through the thousands of videos looking for native content," Fast Horse said. "RezKast is our solution to aggregating native content, be it music, video, photos, or more."

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      • Students Share Views About Gov. Palin

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        University of Idaho students, Rubell Dingman and Grant Louis, Share their views on The Republican Vice Presidential Candidate, Sarah Palin. Both Dingman and Louis are seniors at the U of I. Hear who they plan to cast a vote for, and what they think of Palin’s stance on Native Issues.

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