About the Rendezvous
(Formerly known as Free the Snake Flotilla)
Join tribal members, anglers, boaters, orca lovers and other river advocates for a gathering on the lower Snake river in support of removing the 4 lower Snake River dams for salmon, for people, for orcas.
Come ready to learn and engage with a wide host of people around issues like dam removal, treaty rights, climate change, salmon, and traditions. Evenings will be filled with music, food, and dancing. Friday and Saturday will be filled with field trips, workshops, and fellowship along the river.
Restoring the lower Snake River by removing four aging dams is essential to return salmon and steelhead to healthy, harvestable numbers. Now is the time to come together to learn and take action for salmon, tribes, orca and our communities.
About the Organizers
Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment
Our non-profit organization exists to carry on time-honored sustainable environmental practices in the tradition of the Nimiipuu by facilitating and organizing individuals in group activities for the protection, enhancement, and promotion of mother earth.
“A real kinship with the earth, sky, and water and all living creatures is a real and an active principle to our Ni Mii Puu people. There once were canoes that went up and down the Snake River and camped during the summer months on what is now the Hells Gate Camping Site. Now we will be here again in canoes with our brother and sister tribal canoes joining them in hopes of working toward breaching the four dams to save our salmon and water ways that are vital for the salmon to travel.”
-Lucii Simpson, Elder
“Southern resident orcas are starving to death, and unless we act quickly, these whales will go extinct in our lifetime. One of the best things we can do to help these whales is to remove the Snake River dams and restore the salmon these orcas need to survive.”
Defenders of Wildlife
“The four lower Snake River dams choke off hundreds of miles of excellent spawning habitat in the Clearwater Basin of North Central Idaho. It’s like having the Sistine Chapel minus the art.”
- Brett Haverstick, Friend of the Clearwater
Friends of the Clearwater
“With the diminishment of the Salmon runs and the lack of the Federal Government to ensure our Treaty Rights are protected the best solution to the whole issue of the Endangered Salmon is to Breach the Lower Four and then work on the issues that may come up. Further inaction by the Corps of Engineers will lead to complete extinction of Salmon and then the Orcas.”
-Julian Matthews, Enrolled