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Indian Matters on the Klamath - link to treaties, case-law, background and resources, researched by Marcia Armstrong.

* Indians Table of Contents

Water Resources Development Act Includes Several Key Provisions for Indian Country, US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs 12/10/16, "Congress has been very busy accommodating Indian Tribes this session. Here's an "index" of bills nearing Obama's signature...Elaine Willman"

(Klamath) Irrigators intervene against Hoopa Tribe lawsuit, H&N 9/4/16

Hoopa Tribe Sues Federal Government over Inadequate Protections for Juvenile Salmon, Hoopa Valley Tribe PRESS RELEASE  5/17/16

Klamath Tribes and feds exercise water rights, Sacramento Bee 6/10/13. "Tens of thousands of acres in Oregon's drought-stricken Klamath Basin will have to go without irrigation water this summer after the Klamath Tribes and the federal government exercised for the first time newly confirmed powers that put the tribes in the driver's seat over the use of water..."

* KBC NOTE: The KBRA / KHSA litigation has begun. The tribes and KBRA supporters claimed their closed-door "agreements" would prevent lawsuits, however, as you can see below, the KBRA and KHSA dam removal schemes have a built-in process HOW to litigate.

Karuk Tribe documents of litigation against PacifiCorp, reposted to KBC 6/3/13
, sent by Craig Tucker, Karuk tribal spokesman. "PacifiCorp must abandon its current use of algaecidal treatments as a means to address water quality issues based on i) the results of the 2012 pilot project ii) technical comments from the Karuk Tribe and other IMIC members, and iii) the opposition to application of chemical treatments to the Klamath River from Tribes based on religious and cultural grounds." See Green Corps-trained Craig Tucker on our Whose Who page, and his campaign to create the "largest dam removal project in history."  KHSA notice by facilitator Ed Sheets KBC NOTE: algae in Klamath River reservoirs in a major reason Tucker claims the dams must be removed.

*Yurok Tribe files to shut down Klamath Irrigation;  KBRA stakeholder and "friend," Yurok,  files through KBRA Dispute Resolution to OWRD / Oregon Water Resources Department to use KBRA's ESA language to send "ESA Flows" to the ocean, posted to KBC 3/28/13.
* Document was sent to our farm leaders May 14, 2013.

Hoopa Tribe petitions feds to speed up dam removal, H&N 5/31/12.

Mark Baird comments on the recent filing of a lawsuit by the Karuk Tribe, PieNPolitics, posted to KBC 5/19/12. "The Tucker Hillman Tribe’s fake environmental group is filing suit against another economic engine in Siskiyou County. The Tucker Hillman tribe intends to join the suit as well...The felon Grant Leaf Hillman is the President of the Riverkeepers. The Greencorp Socialist S. Craig Tucker is on the Board of the Riverkeepers."
HERE for article on lawsuit
> Environmental group sues over Siskiyou County dam, Capital Press, posted to KBC  5/19/12.

(Karuk) tribe fights to have feds intervene in (Klamath) mining, Courthouse News 12/16/11. HERE > for Mining Page.

Karuk Tribe, conservation groups win suit against US Forest Service, Indybay 6/17/11. (KBC NOTE: Same groups, same agenda, same folks are KBRA voting members with our farm leaders.)

9th Circuit overruled Karuk's arguments of end all suction dredge mining, and summary by attorney James Buchal  4/8/11

D.C. Court of Appeals will not hear Hoopa trout suit, Siskiyou Daily 1/5/11

1/2/11, Two Years Ago Today: Karuk Tribe sues U.S. government to acquire village and portion of Siskiyou County 

Supreme Court redefines tribal and federal understandings of IRA; Tribes may seek Congressional fix, Indian Country Today 2/27/09

CARCIERI, GOVERNOR OF RHODE ISLAND, et al. v. SALAZAR, SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, et al., certiorari to the united states court of appeals for the first circuit, No. 07-526. Argued November 3, 2008--Decided February 24, 2009. (KBC Note: a case of Tribes trying to acquire and put land into trust.)

Karuk Tribe and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen sued Calif Dept of Fiah and Game to shut down suction dredge mining on the Klamath River, 2/5/09.

Groups (Karuks and Environmentalists) File Petition to Limit Gold Mining to Save Struggling Fisheries, and Response by Jim Foley 1/13/09. "Suction dredge mining is nothing more than recreational genocide. The first gold rush killed more than half our people in 10 years. This modern gold rush continues to kill our fish and our culture," says Leaf Hillman of the Karuk Tribe." (HERE for background on spiritual leader Leaf Hillman trying to kill his wife.)

In Ore., (Klamath) tribes' members eye Supreme Court case, The Oregonian, posted to KBC 11/5/08. "Jeff Mitchell, a council member of the Klamath Tribes, said he believes the Narragansett case could bear some significance in Oregon. His tribe regained its federal recognition status in 1986...We want to put more land back into trust now," he said."

California Tribal Business Alliance Releases '07-08 Legislative Vote Record, WSJ Market Watch, posted to KBC 10/22/08. "Implements the Administration's agreement with the Karuk Tribe to settle the tribe's lawsuit against the Department of Fish and Game over damage to the endangered Coho salmon population in the tribe's ancestral rivers -- the Klamath, the Scott, and the Salmon -- from instream suction gold dredge mining. (Vetoed)"

Rahall Introduces Bill Upholding Federal Trust Relationship with Indian Country, Resources Committee 3/31/08

Judge rules Klamath school discrimination (ACLU) lawsuit to move forward, Eureka Reporter, posted 5/4/08.

Hoopa Valley Tribe files $80 million lawsuit, Eureka Reporter, posted to KBC 2/3/08

Letter from Karuk Tribal member James A. Waddell to Senator Dave Cox, 10/8/07. "... not even 10% of the Karuk Tribal members are involved in, or even informed of, Karuk Tribe Law Suits...There are Tribal members that have been threatened and faced threats to their families '…if they opened their mouths…' by these money-greedy enemies of working people calling themselves the Karuk Tribe of California...Most of us Karuk members had to leave our old homeland because political activists, pocket-money Karuk members of Political Influence, and the subsequent shut-down of the local sawmill, loggers and related businesses.  That caused a population drop of 72%!  " Here for more tribal letters

Letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; please don't support AB1032, posted 9/10/07 by James Waddell, Karuk tribal member."AB1032 will not benefit streams, fish, or other riparian habitats.  It will allow government agencies to arbitrarily “Take” the private property rights, water rights, private economic usage rights and to take away the jobs of working citizens… all for no good reasons."

Klamath River Algae Law Suit and Klamath River Salmon History, posted 9/8/07, by Karuk Tribal member James Waddell  to North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. "

9th Circuit, Feds may close land for Indian Worship, 9/4/07, Mt States Legal Foundation, "In May, a panel held that a Latin cross on federal lands in honor of American servicemen killed in World War I violated the Establishment Clause and must be removed...In September, another panel held that Arizona's designation of private property as sacred to American Indian religious practitioners and off-limits to use by its owner did not violate the Establishment Clause."

Dredge Miners granted intervention status in litigation between Karuks and DFG, Miners 2/12/06. See Miner Page

Here for Yurok lawsuit to "Usurp water rights of Klamath Basin Farmers." 1/18/05

Tribes seeking $1billion, H&N 5/11/04.

Shoshone group sues federal government, 1/24/04




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