Corps buys land for tribal fishing site


More than seven decades after the construction of the Bonneville Dam flooded their ancestral fishing grounds, local American Indian tribes are a step closer to securing new angling spots. Many traditional fishing grounds, originally set aside for local tribes by a series of 19th century treaties, were flooded by the construction of a number of dams along the Columbia River beginning in the 1930s. In 1988, after much lobbying by the tribes, Congress passed legislation directing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to buy 400 acres of riverside land for use by the tribes.