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12.3.16

Decrepit fish camps built on broken promises | Pacific Northwest News -: Decades ago, the federal government wiped out thriving Native American settlements along the Columbia River to make way for three dams. The villages were later replaced with 31 designated encampments, like the one in Underwood, where Jackson's parents located after their ancestral lands had flooded.

The Oregonian/OregonLive traveled to all 31 of the active fishing villages from Cascade Locks to just past Boardman on both the Oregon and Washington sides of the Columbia River. Deplorable conditions can be found at nearly all of them. The sites that are considered the best for fishing are overcrowded, unsanitary and unsafe. Only one of the sites has a working high pressure fire spigot connecting to the Columbia. But it's not at Underwood.


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