The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have signed on to a federal salmon plan — effectively promising that they will not pursue breaching of the four lower Snake River dams.
Which makes the Nez Perce Tribe's steadfast pro-breaching position all the more gutsy, and all the more critical to the long-term health of Idaho's endangered salmon.
The Sho-Ban tribes' decision is a political coup for the feds. After all, the Sho-Bans first petitioned to add Snake River sockeye salmon to the federal endangered species list. The sockeye have been listed as endangered since 1991.