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Fishupdate.com: Salmon decline key issue as US Natives protest against Scottish Power
Salmon decline key issue as US Natives protest against Scottish Power

13 July, 2005 - A DELEGATION representing four native American Indian tribes from California and Oregon, will come to Scotland 18th to 23rd of July as part of their campaign against utility giant Scottish Power.

Staging media events such as a traditional salmon ‘bake’ ceremony and a documentary film screening, the group will also hold a colourful demonstration at Scottish Power’s AGM in Glasgow.

The tribes are demanding the restoration of the River Klamath, which they claim has been severely damaged by a complex of dams operated by Scottish Power’s US subsidiary, PacifiCorp. The dams block over 350 miles of historic salmon spawning grounds and have played a major part in a huge decline in salmon numbers in what was once America’s third greatest Salmon river. This return visit follows last summers visit, during which they embarrassed Scottish Power into action by confronting its shareholders, working in partnership with Scottish NGO’s and politicians, and through gaining widespread media coverage, eventually receiving a “personal commitment to find the right solution” from the chief executive of Scottish Power.

However, the company in May announced the surprise sale of PacifiCorp and the tribes are now accusing Scottish Power of ‘stringing them along’ by engaging them in negotiations while all the time planning to sell the US subsidiary and its dams. The tribes have traditionally relied on the return of the salmon each year for food, for their good health and for goods to trade, and the salmon plays an important part in their culture, including being the basis for traditional ceremonies, many of which have not been performed for decades because of the lack of fish in the upper Klamath basin.

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Native Americans pursue ScottishPower - The Herald
Native Americans pursue ScottishPower

FOUR tribes of Native Americans will be campaigning in Scotland again this summer, demanding that utility group ScottishPower restores historic salmon spawning grounds on the River Klamath in Oregon and California.

A 15-strong delegation – representing the Karuk, Yurok, Hoopa and Klamath – will attend ScottishPower's annual meeting in Glasgow later this month, following on from a visit last year, during which they confronted the company's board and secured a "personal commitment" to find the right solution from Ian Russell, the group's chief executive.

Since then ScottishPower has agreed to sell its US subsidiary PacifiCorp, which runs the complex of dams the Native Americans claim has damaged their traditional source of food, as well as an important part of their culture.

A spokesman for ScottishPower said: "As we have always said, the issue will be resolved through PacifiCorp, all the more so given the sale of the company."

This time around, the tribes are planning a documentary film screening in Edinburgh and a traditional salmon bake ceremony, as well as demonstrations outside the annual meeting at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall

The Native Americans have accused ScottishPower of selling them down the river by engaging in negotiations while planning to sell the US subsidiary and its dams. However, they claim the company has sufficient time to make good on its pledge.





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