Olympia stop of the All Our Relations Snake River Campaign


On behalf of Se’Si’Le, the public is invited to stand with Indigenous leaders and Tribal communities across the Northwest in support of a Snake River journey and the Indigenous-led movement to restore salmon by removing the Snake River dams. This important journey comes at a critical time for the Snake River, endangered salmon and orcas, and the region's Tribal communities.

Stand Up for Salmon This Saturday

On Saturday, September 23, from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., members of the public are invited to take part in the Olympia stop of the All Our Relations Snake River Campaign. The inaugural event will begin an 8-day journey across the Northwest.

The Washington stops include Olympia, Spokane, and Seattle. The Oregon stops include Portland and Celilo Falls. Idaho stops include Moscow and Nez Perce.

The events will feature an 8-foot steel sculpture, handcrafted for the journey by Lummi Nation members A. Cyaltsa Finkbonner and Master Carver Jewell James that represents a vision of ‘All Our Relations’ and that will be used to smudge the events.

The events will also include education around this crucial moment in time as well as offer hope and ceremony, blessing the journey, travelers, attendees, and art.

Earth Ministry/WAIPL is the local nonprofit point of contact and according to their website, participants will journey from the church to the capitol steps, remembering the salmon and all relations lost and separated by damming rivers.

The 2023 All Our Relations Journey, Snake River Campaign will travel through Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to inspire and build community, and to press the Biden Administration and our region's members of Congress to protect salmon from extinction and restore them to abundance.

Native peoples in the Northwest have depended on their relationship with salmon since time immemorial. To protect the salmon from extinction and uphold our nation's promises to Tribal communities, we must urgently replace the services of the four lower Snake River dams and restore a free-flowing river.

As Chairman Shannon Wheeler of the Nez Perce Tribe explains: “Time is running out to protect our sacred salmon. This is a crisis that threatens our way of life, and it is a violation of our treaty rights. The federal government is failing to uphold the promises made to our ancestors when we ceded our lands.”

According to the Sierra Club website, the Columbia and Snake Rivers were once the greatest salmon rivers in the world until four dams were built on the lower Snake River.

Wild salmon bring nutrients from the briny ocean back to the high mountain streams. They create an environment that helps steelhead, pacific lamprey, and other fish thrive. They are also a critical food source for endangered orcas. However, dams block salmon from returning to their birthplace to spawn, reproduce and thrive.


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  • ArmorRngr

    Interesting story- I would like to hear the about the consequences of removing the dams. Would the loss of the electricity remove critical power from an electric grid that needs to gain power not remove capacity to pay for all the new electric vehicles we are buying to save the planet. How many KW are we losing and how will we replace it. Are the tribes willing to give some of their casino revenue to offset the likely increased cost of electricity to average Washingtonians as these dams cheap power is removed from the grid? Do these dams provide irrigation water to help Eastern Washington farmers? Will dam removal force farmers to potentially get ground water by drilling new wells and depleting the already low water aquifers? Would the Se, Si, Le be willing to pay for these wells and or new water pipelines or pump stations to replace the irrigation water?

    I do love a good salmon steak and I like the idea of more salmon and more natural river habitat. We should hear more about what these ideas cost instead of just going along a spirit journey that makes a small group of people happy and hurts the rest of the state.

    Friday, September 22, 2023 Report this

  • mbharrington

    During the September monthly meeting of the South Sound Sierra Club, Matthew Dillinger, the Sierra Club National Snake River Field Organizer, gave a presentation that articulated all oppositional points to breaching the four lower snake river dams and refuted each one. The presentation was recorded so I suggest you contact the South Sound Sierra Club to get a copy. While the fate of the salmon and snake river impact everyone in the PNW since none of the four dams are in Thurston County the topic is out of the jurisdiction of The Jolt News.

    Friday, September 22, 2023 Report this

  • GWatland

    To get access to the Sierra Club South Sound Group recording of its Sept. 19th program featuring Matthew Dillinger, the Sierra Club National Snake River Field Organizer, please send your request to sosound.sierraclub@gmail.com.

    If interested, please also let me know if you want to receive future monthly emails at no cost from the local Sierra Club South Sound Group about local meetings and activities.

    George Watland

    Chair, Sierra Club South Sound Group

    Olympia, WA

    Sunday, September 24, 2023 Report this