Although the Columbia River Inter Tribal Fish Commission says that Native people support killing sea lions, they are not speaking the truth. Native people support the treaty right to fish and hunt on traditional lands. They do not support killing sea lions. Only some foolish sell outs to the white man's plans support killing sea lions.
I am with someone who was at the press conference, who has shown me video footage of what happened there. And two people masquerading as representatives for the Yakama Nation said to people that they want to kill sea lions because the sea lions are taking fish that "we want." Then they were asked if they are concerned about non-Native fishing going on by commercial and sport fishermen, and both people declined to say that they were. So obviously both are co-opted because their paycheck comes from the agencies that came up with this stupid plan to kill sea lions so that white fishermen can continue to fish out the endangered salmon. This is not a plan that has anything to do with protecting salmon.
What I saw in this video taped footage was a woman willing to be an Aunt Tom, speaking up for white men's interest being paraded before the press, in the hope that no one would dare question a little old Native lady. I'm questioning it. This person was a fraud. She sold out her own people. I find her most shameful. I am offended deeply by people willing to be patted on the head by Whitey like that just for some money. She should not have spoken like that as a token representing the Yakama Nation. She only represents the WDFW. And the CRITFC only represents itself. Yakama people have always fished on the Columbia and there is a treaty that says that will always continue. But sea lions have always fished here too and white men take many times more fish than sea lions. No one should shoot sea lions. And no one should say the Yakama people all think it's all right to kill sea lions.