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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Hoopa Tribe Sues Federal Government over Inadequate Protections for Juvenile Salmon

Hoopa Tribe fish killHoopa Tribe Sues Federal Government over Inadequate Protections for Juvenile Salmon

Hoopa Valley Tribe, 17 May 2016

The Hoopa Valley Tribe has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and NOAA Fisheries for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Failure by these federal agencies to reinitiate consultation on the flawed 2013 Klamath Project Biological Opinion (BiOp) will simply add to the millions of sick and dead juvenile salmon already lost due to the Klamath Irrigation Project.  High infection prevalence of the deadly salmon parasite Ceratomyxa nova has been directly linked to the Project and its effect upon natural flows in the river. Read the rest of this entry

Decision to tear down 4 hydroelectric dams in Oregon good news for Yurok Tribe

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Members of the Yurok Tribe in Oregon had long called for four dams on the Klamath River to be removed so fishing could resume. (Benjamin Brink/Associated Press)

Native Americans in Oregon had long called for dams on Klamath River to be removed

By Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press, April 7, 2016

Endangered salmon blocked for nearly a century from hundreds of miles of the Klamath River in Oregon and California are expected to return en masse under unusual agreements signed Wednesday to tear down four hydroelectric dams.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who signed agreements with the governors of both states, said the plan would bring about one of the largest river restoration projects in the history of the U.S. Read the rest of this entry

Will tribes hinder FERC process for Klamath dam removal?

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Klamath basin youth fight for access to traditional foods. Undated.

Klamath River Basin, December 30th 2015– Members of the Klamath Basin attended a public meeting of the Klamath Basin Coordinating Council (KBCC) conference call on the status of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) on Monday December 28th 2015.

The KBCC parties were fairly terse on the call. The federal and state representatives said nothing at all. Humboldt County Supervisors expressed disappointment. Read the rest of this entry

Stop the Klamath Agreements, Save our Wild Salmon

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Oni Rose Orcutt stands in the algae contaminated Trinity River, where her ancestors have fished since time immemorial (Photo contributed by Oni’s mother)

Will Senator Greg Walden attempt to slam through fraudulent legislation for the smoke and mirror Klamath agreement?

December 15th 2015 (Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon)
The infamous Klamath water Agreements appear to be on their final days. Rumor has it that Tuesday December 15th Senator Greg Walden will attempt to slam through fraudulent legislation for the smoke and mirror Klamath agreement. But there’s a catch. The bill as it stands today will no longer include the language for dam removal, which has been a primary bargained for benefit to signatory tribes to improve historic Klamath River wild salmon runs that have been irreversibly damaged by settler occupancy. Read the rest of this entry

Dissenting Tribal Voices Locked Out of Klamath Land Transfer Discussion

Klamath_RiverDespite Years of Inaction and Major Revisions, Klamath Tribes Chairman Refuses to Revisit Water Agreement

Chiloquin, Ore — Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry released a letter to Klamath Tribes members June 3rd stating that, despite substantial changes to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), the General Council who is the governing body of the Klamath Tribes, would not be given any opportunity to revisit or revise its position. The KBRA was approved with only approximately 20% participation from voting tribal members, and support for the agreement has declined significantly since the last vote in 2014. The loss of the Mazama Forest, outlined in the original KBRA, has been seen as an opportunity to revisit the tribe’s involvement in the KBRA. Read the rest of this entry

Klamath Tribal Members Refuse to Support Water Settlement

Klamath people in dug out canoes, 19th century. Photo: Wikipedia.

Klamath people in dug out canoes, 19th century. Photo: Wikipedia.

March 31, 2015 (Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon)

All across the United States, on the west coast in particular, Indian water settlements are taking place at a rampant rate. The Bureau of Reclamation, a branch of the Department of the Interior, is securing water reserves for the best interest of the United States, predominately the industrialized agricultural economy.

Though recent statements made by agricultural parties have been to support water agreements because farmers help “feed the world”, the truth is the meat raised specifically in the Klamath Basin does not feed the local community, adds to the carbon footprint and degrades Indigenous habitat utilized for cultural, spiritual and substance purposes. Read the rest of this entry

Sacred Water, Klamath People and the Struggle for Cultural Survival

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Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: Wikipedia.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sacred Water, Klamath People and the Struggle for Cultural Survival

February 25, 2015 (Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon)

Entangled in the heart of an arduous century long battle over water rights in the Upper Klamath Basin, is the struggle of the Klamath, Modoc, Yahooskin Peoples for cultural survivance.

Our elders have always told us that water is life, water is priceless. Our water is so sacred it should never be quantified, compromised or negotiated.
But what happens to the future of a culture, whose spiritual foundation is water, when even to tribal negotiators, the priceless becomes a mere commodity? Read the rest of this entry

Klamath Tribal council Stonewalls Tribal Membership at General Council Meeting

Security guards and metal detectors for members of the Klamath during a general council meeting on May 31, 2014.

Security guards and metal detectors for members of the Klamath during a general council meeting on May 31, 2014.

Security Guards and Metal Detectors for Tribal membership meeting

JUNE 2ND 2014

(Chiloquin, Oregon)Saturday May 31  A long awaited General Council meeting was held at the Klamath Tribes Administration building that had been originally scheduled for Saturday May 17. The original meeting was rescheduled when the Klamath Tribal Council misinformed the public regarding accusations of “threats” toward Tribal Council. According to Klamath Tribal Councils press release, “some Klamath Tribes members have been campaigning to organize a hostile takeover of the meeting. Threats included chaining and padlocking doors to force the Tribal Council and meeting attendees to remove Gentry from the council and to overturn the results of a recent referendum vote.” Read the rest of this entry

Klamath Tribal Members Protest “Celebratory” Signing of Agreement‏

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(CHILOQUIN, OREGON) – U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, State of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, State of California Governor Jerry Brown, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, Klamath Tribes elected officials and Klamath Basin irrigators held a “celebratory” signing of the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement last Friday at Collier Park, 4 miles north of Chiloquin.  With strong support from Senator Wyden, he stated “I am going to introduce in the first few days of May, legislation in partnership with Senator Merkley to make this agreement law.” Read the rest of this entry