"Because the Creator gave us Indians the salmon. So we respected it. This was our way of life. And so that was taken away from us. And then besides, when they built the dam, all the spiritual places where our people used to go up.... The sacred grounds, that was all taken away from us. And this dam has taken over the life of the Klallam people. It has taken away so much that you know that a white person can't understand how we Indians feel. You've got to be an Indian to have that feeling. Because it's in here," she said, pointing to her heart. "Not just in here," pointing to her head.The dams on the Lower Elwha river were built without fish ladders, which was illegal even at the beginning of the 20th century, when the dams were built. The dams will be removed beginning this fall, in the largest dam removal project in US history.
(What is dogeared?)