Northwest Groups Rally For Salmon!
The coalition of tribes includes the Yurok, Hoopa. Karuk and Klamath and they hope to be able to get into the Scottish Power meeting as guests of stockholders and make their case to the company according to Craig Tucker of "Friends of the River", a conservation group. They are also talking to investment groups that hold major blocks of stock in Scottish Power.
“The investors and company need to see we have culture and traditions that have been there since the beginning of time,” said Troy Fletcher, executive director of the Yurok Tribe whose reservation lies along the lowest reach of the Klamath River. “They need to see their actions have a very real impact on our people.”
This collective group has met with Pacific Corp over the past two years discussing their desire to open 350 miles of habitat upstream of the dams to salmon. But, when the utility company sent its application for a new operating license to the Federal Energy Regulatory commission last March, there was no proposal for restoring a salmon passage.
“Scottish Power has an international reputation as a green energy provider,” conservationist Tucker said. He believes once they hear the story of what is happening on the Klamath and what it is doing to the tribes, the commercial fishing industry and the environment they’ll want to help.
Glen Spain of the Pacific Federation of Fishermen’s Association which represents California commercial salmon fishermen said it is important to educate the managers of Scottish Power about the cultural and economic harm their outdated hydroelectric dams are causing the people of the Klamath Basin.
Isn’t it amazing how a corporation in Scotland holds the fate of salmon on the Klamath River in Oregon. Oh, the power of our global economy!
This story has been edited from an Associated Press article in the Yuma Daily Sun.
‘Natives In Hollywood – Then And Now’ Update
Roscoe Pond writes that “Approximately 52 Native men. women and children filed through my exhibit over the weekend of July 9th through 11th. The popular native posters were ‘Dance Me Outside’ and the 1970 cult hit, ‘Billy Jack’.”
The exhibit has been extended though August 29th. For more information go to http://www.nativeroscoe.com.
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