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PENDLETON — The White House on Wednesday, Sept. 27, directed the federal government to prioritize salmon revitalization in the Columbia River Basin, a move tribal leaders called the government’s biggest commitment to restoring native fish species facing extinction.

Through a memorandum, President Joe Biden ordered federal agencies to “utilize existing authorities and available resources – and assess what additional authorities and resources may be needed” to help restore more than a dozen endangered and threatened fish species in the basin.

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