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Lummi ceremony marks return of salmon, concern about fishery's future

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About 600 Lummi Indian Tribe members and guests gathered Thursday, May 14, at Lummi Nation School to celebrate the arrival of the first salmon - a celebration marked by both hope and fear for the future of the fish that defines tribal identity. "When I was a young boy, I heard my grandfather say, when he was eating a salmon, 'This is good medicine,'" said Merle Jefferson, the tribe's natural resources director.