Local Tribes protest for the removal of the Klamath dams

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM)- Members of the Karuk, Yurok and Hoopa Valley tribes sponsored a day of action for the removal of the Klamath dams, on Friday, October 23rd.

The tribes alongside organizations like Save California Salmon, HSU’s Native American Studies Department and the Klamath Justice Coalition were demanding that Warren Buffet, the owner of PacifiCorp and the Klamath river dams, to keep his promise to remove the four dams.

Back in 2016 PacifiCorp had agreed to remove the dams but in July the Federal Energy Regulation Commission said that the company couldn’t just hand off the dams to a nonprofit that would remove them.

This stopped a four-year battle to get the dams removed.

 “I know that the tribes have been in some contact with the board of PacifiCorp, but to get sort of the ear of the people of I think that are making these decisions has been difficult,” said Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at HSU. “We’ve been reaching out through social media, we’ve been reaching out through letters and I think at this point it’s really going to come from like a grassroots movement to be able to sort of say that this is something that a lot of people care about.”              

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