Virginia Beavert - Celilo Falls and Fishing

Virginia Beavert talks about the pain that people must have felt when Celilo Falls was flooded and how it changed fishing along the river.

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"I think a lot of the Indian elders died with a broken heart losing Celilo. And the compensation they received, some of them wouldn't even accept it. A lot of it was turned away. They said this does not make up for what we're losing. The amount each individual was paid was, I guess, even less than what you make in one weeks wages. It didn't go very far. So then they had to turn to commercial fishing, dip-netting. And when the public was complaining about Indians dip netting, well, it was their way of fishing. They couldn't fish on a platform anymore, Celilo was gone."