Last weekend, the Bellingham Herald ran a story about Lummi fishermen:
Members of Lummi Nation say that for them, fishing is different.
Tribal and nontribal fishers alike must keep to the seasons and mind their catch quotas. Still, for most Washington residents, fishing is a privilege granted by the state government, said Jay Julius, a Lummi member who has a seat on the tribe’s council.
The tribe, on the other hand, has been fishing for 150 generations, Julius said.
“To us, culture is fish and fish is culture,” he said. “It’s more than a privilege, it’s who we are.
“It’s in our DNA.”
Watch the Bellingham Herald’s video: