Hoopa Tribe Protests in Fresno Today

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Members of the Hoopa Valley Tribe were outside the Westlands Water District in Fresno on Wednesday. The tribe is trying to convince the district to stop their lawsuit against the federal government which is preventing water from the Trinity River to be released into the Klamath.


Members of the Hoopa and Yurok tribe testified in federal court on Wednesday. Both tribes are intervening on the side of the U.S. government in the case.


"Our senior water rights are being impeded," said Danielle Vigil-Masten, Chairwoman of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, said on a phone today.


Scientists from the tribes testified in court urging the court to allow water from the Trinity River to be released. They believe more water in the Klamath will prevent another fish kill.


A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on the water release last week. Westland Water District argue that the water release will take away from the water they receive from the Trinity River.


Vigil-Masten was also in Sacramento today testifying before the Committee on Fish and Aquaculture on the issue in the Klamath River.


The judge is expected to make his rule on Friday.