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PENDLETON — Traditional foods are so important to the Umatilla, Walla Walla and Cayuse tribes that they’ve centered their entire land-management strategy on protecting them.
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have adopted what they say is a one-of-a-kind plan for their rugged 178,000 acres that aims to save the “first foods” — salmon, wild game, roots, berries and clear, pure water.
The ritual, with links to tribal creation beliefs and culture, embodies “incredible elegance,” he said.
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