American Indian Solutions to Environmental Challenges

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Our Challenge

Salmon are especially vulnerable to changes in their habitat. They are disappearing at an alarming rate in the Northwest. Salmon loss is affecting many aspects of Lummi life.

Key Terms

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    A pipe-like construction of concrete or metal that takes a stream under a road, railroad track, footpath, or through an embankment.

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    The wearing away of a land surface by wind or water. Erosion can be intensified by land-clearing practices related to farming, development, road building, or logging.

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    The place a population (whether human, animal, plant, or microorganism) lives, including other living and non-living surroundings.

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    The land area that drains into a stream. The watershed for a major river may encompass a number of smaller watersheds that ultimately combine.

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    Word in the Lummi language that means “fishing.” Schaenexw is the Lummi word that means “fish.”

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Explore: Some Causes of Salmon Depletion

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Try These Questions

Which of the following is not a way that salmon help sustain other species?
Study the salmon life-cycle. Which of these statements is true?
True or false? A logjam is bad for salmon because the logs crowd the fish out of the places they lay their eggs.
Natural Logjam

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How has the local environment been damaged?

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What caused the damage to the local environment?

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