The new NWIFC Magazine is now online and features the celebration of the removal of the Elwha Dams. You can download the magazine (and over ten years of archives) here.

From the Magazine:

The thunderous beat of drums in the tribal gym sounded louder than usual: the beat harder, the men’s voices deeper, the women’s voices louder and the smiles bigger during the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s dam removal celebration Sept. 17.

For nearly 100 years, the tribe has waited to celebrate the demolition of the Elwha River’s two fish-blocking dams, which have violated the tribe’s treaty rights since they were constructed in the early 20th century. The dams blocked all but the lower 5 miles of the river, devastating salmon populations.