Junior Wilson, Ho-Chunk, Winnebago Tribe, shares his thoughts and prayers concerning sustaining our natural resources of water and treaty rights for generations to come, and sang his prayer about his relative who, in the 1700s, fought for his people's rights, was changed into a Bear by Creator, and rose on a white cloud when he died.
Similkameen Sunday started with a ceremony at Similkameen Falls with Similkameen Indian Band elders, council members, and invited guests.
Herman Edward, teacher and story teller from Lower Similkameen Indian Band talks about the importance of caring for our natural resources and respecting the natural falls as Creator provided them to us.
Herman Edward sings a prayer for the healing of the river, falls, and the people whose responsibility it is to care for Creator's natural resources.
Colville Tribal elder Marge Jameson talks with Herman Edward after the ceremony as Tony Qualtier, LSIB elder and other guests look on.
Chief Rob Edward of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band welcomed those who attended Similkameen Sunday at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket.
Theresa Ann Terbasket, Lower Similkameen Indian Band elder, spoke about the changes we all face—changes in the river, what it should look like—for without water, we become desert, even within ourselves.
Golden Eagle Drum, from Nespelem, kept us focused on how special our gathering in support of the Similkameen River and Falls and the People was on Similkameen Sunday.
Herman Edward, Lower Similkameen Indian Band, sharing songs on the multi-register flute he made.
Mayor Patrick Plumb and children welcome the Similkameen Indian Band members, Colville Confederated Tribal members and the public to Tonasket and Similkameen Sunday.
Steve Pollard, Steve Bell, Ray Dispenza, and Kyle MacConnel sing and play for us "Similkameen, River of Gold."
Herman Edward shared with us the story of Sinkuleep (Coyote) bringing the salmon up the river.
Bob Turner, Chief Tonasket's great-grandson from Wilbur, spoke about his grandpa's big family, giving him 18 aunts and uncles he learned a lot from, and how important it is for us to get together and share our stories.

Officials Celebrate $10 million in Projects to Increase Flows in Twisp & Methow Rivers (10.17.14)
NOAA Winter Outlook: Warm Winter for Pacific Northwest, Below-Average Precipitation (10.17.14)
Salmon People Pray for Sacred Fish to Return to Historic Home (10.5.14)
Fish Passage White Paper from Columbia Basin Tribes Coalition on the Columbia River Treaty 2014/2024 Review (2.14.14)
Is Your Fish from the Columbia River Toxic? Everyone Needs to Know(10.4.14)
Whooshh Innovations—a Gentle Fish Passage Technology
Conservation Groups appeal Enloe Dam Water Rights Decision
Fish Agencies offer to Remove Enloe Dam for Fish Habitat
Okanogan PUD Ratepayers: Enloe Dam Project Costs too much, isn't Economical, and will Raise Your Rates
U.S. and Canadian Tribal, Religious, and Community Leaders Document Damage by Dams to Columbia River (6.8.14)
All Signs Still Point to Likely El Niño Conditions for Pacific Northwest— Warmer & Dryer Conditions (6.6.14)
Similkameen - 150 Years
PUD Spending Heavily on Risky Economic Project
Similkameen Fish Habitat—Potential New Economy
State Board Rules: Similkameen Falls Deserves Water
Proposed Flow Over Similkameen Falls
WA Pollution Control Hearings Board upholds Petition for Reconsideration of Aesthetic Flows over Similkameen Falls
State Agency Certification Supports Dewatering Similkameen Falls
When Public Utility Districts Forget Who They Serve
When will Our Nightmare End?
Pollution Control Hearing Board Decision in favor of Aesthetic Values
Report Shows Enloe Dam to be Economic Loss
What Do We Do about Okanogan PUD?
Ratepayer Issues with the Proposed Enloe Dam Facilities Rebuild
Group's Appeal State's Decision to De-water Similkameen Falls
Can Washington State Dry Up a River? River Advocates say "No"
Will Enloe Dam Ever Come Down?
Courtroom Updates of Appeal of Dept. of Ecology's Decision to Allow Ok PUD to Dewater Similkameen Falls

Upper Columbia River Stories
CM masthead

Land & Community in the Intermountain Northwest

home | contact | about | peace

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Citizens Groups Appeal Okanogan County Commissioners Decision on Need for EIS of Draft Comprehensive Plan (5.30.14)
Kinross Gold will Drop Major Gold Exploration on Buckhorn Mountain in Chesaw WA (5.29.14)
Concerns Rise Over Hanford Waste Tanks (3.2.14)
Species Banks provide Ecosystem Services (5.14.13)

We can End the Columbia Basin Salmon Wars Now by Balancing Energy, Conservation (9.22.12)
SoloPower rolls out flexible Solar Panels in Portland plant opening (9.29.12)
Teck Metals Ltd. admits using Columbia River as Industrial Sewer (9.13.12)
Harvard Medical School Study confirms High Rate of Colitis down river from Teck Smelter (8.14.12)
Teck Metals Ltd. admits Polluting Columbia River in U.S., but does not concede dumped waste caused harm (9.10.12)
Hearing on Dick (alias "Doc") Hastings' bill (Saving Our Dams and Hydropower Development & Jobs Act 2012) point up divide between fish, hydropower forces (8.16.12)
Groups say state ignored Clean Water standards when certifying Enloe Dam (8.21.12)
Appeal filed over Enloe water permit (8.15.12)
America's Deficit Attention Disorder—Money is the least of our problems—Pay attention to the real deficits that are killing us
USDA Seeks Comments on Non-Browning Genetically Engineered Apples from Canada (8.17.12)
• Deb Abramhamson: Interview with SHAWL founder who receives Spokane Water Hero award
• Rachael Paschal Osborn: Climate Change and The Columbia River Treaty Renegotiation in 2014
Northport WA residents downwind of Teck smelter see disease rise (8.12.12)
Colville Tribe, Teck Resources go to court over Columbia River Pollution(8.12.12)
California Hydroelectricity Production vulnerable to Climate Change (8.8.12)
Ecovillage sows resistance and a Sustainable Panama (8.6.12)
Pebble Mine near headwaters of Bristol Bay in SW Alaska likely to endanger largest Sockeye salmon fishery in world (7.25.12)
Exempt Wells & Sprawl Threaten Sharp-tail Grouse Habitat & Cattle Ranching in Tunk Valley, Okanogan County (7.15.12)

Columbia River Bioregion

NOTICE  -- In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving it for research and educational purposes, with the understanding that the material is copyrighted by the author as stated in the material.  We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democratic, scientific, and social justice issues. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material.  For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Community Cultural Center of Tonasket
Conservation Northwest
Conscious Cultural Festival
Farmers Markets - Okanogan County
Ferry County Co-op
Friends of the Trees Society
Green Okanogan
Jackrabbit Newsletter
Kettle Range Conservation Group
Lake Roosevelt Forum
LA Catholic Worker Agitator
Methow Naturalist
Methow Valley Citizens Council
Okanogan Highlands Alliance
Okanogan Land Trust
Planet Drum Foundation
SHAWL Society
Slow Food Okanogan County
SolWest Renewable Energy Faire
Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op
Wisdom of the 13 Grandmothers

Events Calendar

• Oct 22 DamNation Movie, 7pm, Community Cultural Center of Tonasket.
• Oct 23 DamNation Movie, 7 pm, Twisp River Pub, Twisp WA.
• Oct 24 Fire and Forests, East of the Cascade Divide, Speaker, John Marshall, from Humanities Washington, Community Cultural Center of Tonasket, 6 pm.
• Nov 4, Open House for Navy's Plan to Use Tonasket Ranger District Roads for Military Exercises, Okanogan PUD Auditorium, 3:30 - 7:30 pm.
• Nov 18, Return of the River, Omak Theater, 5:30 pm, sponored by Red Road Club of Wenatchee Valley College at Omak & Columbiana.

Community Links
North America News
Planet Earth News
Renewable Energy
Friends of the
Similkameen River
Citizens for a Sustainable Okanogan
Land & Water

Similkameen Trail
Connector Phase 1
Similkameen Falls
International Peace Day 2013

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Listen to Junior Wilson, Ho-Chunk, Winnebago Tribe, shares his thoughts and prayer concerning sustaining our natural resources of water and treaty rights for generations to come.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Listen to Herman Edward talk of life, responsibility to Mother Earth, and play his multi-register flute.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Listen to Ray Dispenza's "Similkameen, River of Gold" played by Steve Pollard, Steve Bell, Kyle MacConnel, and Ray.
Similkameen Sunday
Videos of Similkameen Sunday

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Listen to Theresa Ann Terbasket speak about the changes we face.

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Listen to Chief Rob Edwards speak of responsibilities representing his people and the protocols and ceremonies of Creation he follows for guiding his people and listening to the elders guidance, and remembering the history of his cultural experiences.
A Collection of
We offer these suggestions for increasing wildfire safety around the home and community to stimulate a discussion, and hopefully more activity in reducing fire risk. Click the image above to download a PDF file of fire protection resources (it is a large file so will take a while to download). Or you can download individual articles: (1) Why the Forests are Burning, (2) Home Fire Protection, (3) Treating Vegetation, (4) Anatomy of a Burn, (5) Fire & ForestManagement: Myth & Reality, (6) Smoke in Our Eyes: The Politics of Fire, (7) Restoration Forestry

Last Year's
Similkameen Sunday

Upper & Lower
Similkameen Bands
and Colville Tribes

Palestine/Israel News
Click to view Mobile Electronic Warfare Test Sites Maps,
U.S. Navy's Final Environmental Assessment (EA), & Other Comments

Free Showing of Patagonia's Film DamNation at Community Cultural Center of Tonasket
Wednesday, October 22th at 7 pm
Thursday, October 23rd at 7 pm
at Twisp River Pub in Twisp WA

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is holding an Open House public meeting November 4th from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Okanogan PUD Auditorium to explain the NEPA process that will be used to make their decision to issue a special use permit for 5 years to the Navy to conduct their Mobile Electronic Warfare Test Sites using Forest Service roads. We feel the Open House should be scheduled closer to the planned area, such as holding the Open House in Tonasket. Rather than using Forest Service roads in the OkanWen National Forest, why doesn't the Navy apply to the U.S. Army to use the Yakima Training Center—designed for military use—for their exercises rather than USFS property. Click to view OkanWen National Forest Notice of Navy's Plans.

Some of our concerns are:
(1) It is not clear what attempts were made to gain local comments in determining a “no impact decision” by the U.S. Navy.
(2) Has livestock and wildlife safety been considered with mobile emitters on designated roads?
(3) It is also unclear how Navy will keep humans from using roads for recreation, wood gathering, hunting, etc.
(4) Navy’s EA does not identify direction or intensity of electronic radiation mobile emitters that will be pulsing from our forest service roads.

October 17, the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest sent us a letter stating there will be a 30-day comment period that will only be announced in the Wenatchee World or on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Web site. We will post here as soon as we hear of the date they will be begin the comment period.

The public comment period has been extended until Oct 31 to submit comments to the Olympic National Forest. There will be a public meeting on Oct 14 from 6-8pm at the Forks High School Commons, 261 South Spartan Avenue, Forks, WA where the U.S. Navy and Olympic Forest Service will answer questions. Send comments to:

• Greg T Wahl, 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Suite A, Olympia, WA 983512, gtwahl@fs.fed.us, 360.956.2375. If you send your comments by email, print them out and mail them to the Forest Service coordinators listed as well.

Please request from the Okanogan and Colville National Forests a public meeting to explain their process in making a decision to allow the Navy to set up these Military Operation Areas on Forest Service Roads. You can send your requests to:

• Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor, Michael L. Balboni, c/o Phil Christy,1 West Winesap, Tonasket WA 98855, pchristy@fs.fed.us, 509.486.1922.
• Colville National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West, c/o Karen Nooney, Colville National Forest, 765 S. Main Street, Colville WA 99114, knooney@fs.fed.us, 509.684.7189.

U.S. Navy's Plans for using Forest Service Roads