Indians from Northern California tribes
stopped Friday in Sacramento on their
way to Omaha, Neb., to ask billionaire
Warren Buffett to remove hydroelectric
dams from the Klamath River that they
say are jeopardizing their health,
economy and traditions.
the utility that owns the dams, is a
subsidiary of an Omaha-based company
that Buffett owns. Members of the Yurok
and Karuk tribes, long economically and
culturally dependent on the river's
declining salmon, said that removing the
company's four dams would revitalize the
PacifiCorp is in the middle of
renewing its licenses for the dams. The
company has been reluctant to remove
them, though federal government
regulators have said they will require
hundreds of millions of dollars in
environmental mitigation projects before
the licenses can be renewed.
"Mr. Warren Buffet has the
opportunity to make right a lot of the
wrongs that were done to native people
on the Klamath River," said Frankie Joe
Myers, a member of the Yurok tribe.
Bill Fehrman, president of PacifiCorp
Energy, said Friday that the company has
been trying to reach an agreement with
the tribes and about two dozen other
"As long as a solution involves an
outcome that respects our customers'
rights and our property rights, we're OK
with that," he said. "If that includes
some dam removal, that would have to be
part of a more global solution."