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Video: Sea Lions and the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission

Metro East Community Media Public Access program airing since summer of 1995, "Native Nations" features Indigenous issue and culture. The program is live on channel 11 every third Thursday, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

Native Nations Program for April 2010
Program begins with a brief interview with a member of Cascadia Convergence Network, speaking about the organizing around police abuse and accountability issues in the Portland area.

Following a brief video clip of James Greeley, Native Flute, representatives from Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission discuss their efforts to recover the salmon in general and the "problem" of sea lions feeding on salmon at Bonneville dam on the Columbia River in Oregon in particular.
CRITFC supports removing and in some cases killing individual sea lions eating salmon collecting at the base of the Bonneville dam.

Another program which aired recently vehemently opposes the hazing and killing of the sea lions:

A Growing Concern, Sea Lion Defense Brigade

This issue is extremely problematic for many of us who support Indigenous peoples AND the rights of animals not to be abused or killed. My hope in producing this content is to go beyond the brief coverage and sound bites offered by Corporate Media sources and make available a deeper fountain of information from which members of the community can decide how they feel about this issue.

It's more than unfortunate that the Indigenous peoples, through no fault of their own, are being forced to deal with extremely declining salmon runs. It's criminal negligence on the part of our government who entered into treaties with sovereign nations, promising them their subsistence way of life, and then permitting various unscrupulous industries to destroy the resources upon which that way of life was based.

They are attempting to salvage what they can of that life, tuned to Mother Earth for many millennium.

Those of us who assert, support and defend the rights of animals are also tuned to Mother Earth. The paradox portrayed by these two perspectives is heartbreaking; the predicament in which we find ourselves, Indigenous and non native alike, is frustrating, but it is not insurmountable.

Listening to the other side, is listening to ourselves, if we perhaps were to have been born in different circumstances. Each side is reasonable given the point from which they survey the field, which dictates how they collect, distribute and arrange their experiences.

Indigenous peoples have a right to their livelihood; animals, especially wild animals, have a right to live that life in the wild as wild animals. Listening to these good folks from either perspective talk gives me heart, but does not calm the frustration arising from circumstances generated neither by the sea lions or the Indigenous Nations.

But, despite the differences in our circumstances, we can listen to one another and respect what truth we hear..............