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


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.