More than $4.8M Awarded to Seven Oregon Tribes for Public Safety, Including Klamath Tribes

More than $4.8M Awarded to Seven Oregon Tribes for Public Safety, Including Klamath Tribes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams joined the Department of Justice in announcing more than $113 million in grant awards to improve public safety, serve victims of crime, combat violence against women, and support youth programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including: the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission; Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation; Coquille Indian Tribe; Cowcreek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians; and Klamath Tribes.

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Merkley, Wyden Push Zinke to Fulfill Agreement with Klamath Tribes

Merkley, Wyden Push Zinke to Fulfill Agreement with Klamath Tribes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today [September 5, 2018] pushed U.S. Department of Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke to reverse his decision to withhold from the Klamath Tribe almost $500,000 in already allocated funding for critical water quality research in the Upper Klamath Lake.

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Judge Orrick denies Motion by Klamath Tribes, Orders Venue Moved to Oregon

Judge Orrick denies Motion by Klamath Tribes, Orders Venue Moved to Oregon

Judge William H. Orrick deny's a motion filed by the Klamath Tribes for preliminary injunction to protect sucker fish of Upper Klamath Lake. Orrick also orders a transfer of venue to a Federal Court in Oregon. At this time, it is unclear which Oregon Federal Court will receive the case. 

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US District Court Hearing Klamath Tribes vs Bureau of Reclamation [Full Video]

US District Court Hearing Klamath Tribes vs Bureau of Reclamation  [Full Video]

The Klamath Tribes sued federal agencies (Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service) alleging violations of the Endangered Species Act and seeking the imposition of “immediate, emergency measures” to protect two endangered sucker fish species in the Upper Klamath Lake.  

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LaMalfa Tribal Restoration Bill "Intellectually Dishonest"

LaMalfa Tribal Restoration Bill "Intellectually Dishonest"

Happy Camp, CA— Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) recently introduced a controversial bill to restore a terminated Indian Rancheria in Siskiyou County called Ruffey Rancheria. However, historic records show that Ruffey Rancheria was little more than a parcel of land on which no Indian ever lived, leading noted Indian scholar Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham to describe HR 3535 as “intellectually dishonest” in a newly released report.

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Water Users Fight Back in Klamath Project Shut-Off Litigation

Water Users Fight Back in Klamath Project Shut-Off Litigation

Klamath Falls, OR – Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) yesterday filed its objections to the Klamath Tribes’ request for a court order that would immediately shut off Klamath Project irrigation water in order to maintain higher Upper Klamath Lake elevations for endangered suckers.

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Tribes Hold Root Digging at Willow Valley Reservoir. Public Root Digging Event Set for June 21

Tribes Hold Root Digging at Willow Valley Reservoir. Public Root Digging Event Set for June 21

Every year the Klamath Tribes hold an annual Ipos root digging adventure. This year included Tribal Elders and Tribal Youth. The Klamath County Museum is offering a public root digging event on June 21st.

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Merkley Announces Infrastructure Funding in Interior Appropriations Bill, Includes Elements for Klamath Basin

Merkley Announces Infrastructure Funding in Interior Appropriations Bill, Includes Elements for Klamath Basin

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley today announced that key provisions that will help Oregon’s rural communities are included in the U.S. Department of Interior Appropriations bill.

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Klamath Tribes File Lawsuit to Keep Endangered Fish From Extinction

Klamath Tribes File Lawsuit to Keep Endangered Fish From Extinction

Chiloquin, OR – The Klamath Tribes today filed a lawsuit under the federal Endangered Species Act to protect endangered C’waam and Koptu (Lost River and Shortnose suckers, respectively) through better management of water levels, water quality and habitat protection in Upper Klamath Lake.

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Tupper, First Native Woman Nominated for State Office

Tupper, First Native Woman Nominated for State Office

Taylor Tupper, a member of the Klamath Tribes of Oregon, will be the Democratic Party’s candidate for Oregon House District 56, comprising the southern portion of Klamath and Lake Counties--including Klamath Falls, Merrill, Malin, Keno, and Lakeview, Oregon.

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Merkley, Wyden, Walden, DeFazio Announces Congressional Passage of Legislation to Return Tribal Control Over Their Private Lands

Merkley, Wyden, Walden, DeFazio Announces Congressional Passage of Legislation to Return Tribal Control Over Their Private Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR 2) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR 4) today announced that Congress has passed the Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act, which allows certain tribes in Oregon to lease and sell property that they own.

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First Round of Captive Reared Sucker Fish Released into Upper Klamath Lake

First Round of Captive Reared Sucker Fish Released into Upper Klamath Lake

Along the shore line of Upper Klamath Lake at the Eagle Ridge County Park a small number of reared Lost River and Shortnose Sucker fish have been released. These fish are the first of thousands to be raised in captivity and released into Upper Klamath Lake.

Alan Mikkelsen, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was in attendance to help release the fish into the wild and answer questions about the program.

“This is the first cohort of what we expect to be many more releases in the coming years,” says Mikkelsen. “What is going on here is an attempt to stabilize and ultimately increase the population of suckers in the lake.”

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Tribes Appreciate USFWS Efforts But Says Efforts Fall Short

Tribes Appreciate USFWS Efforts But Says Efforts Fall Short

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is planning on the initial release of a portion of 2,500 Lost River and Shortnose suckers for 2018 on March 20th in the Shoalwater Bay area.  Although, the Klamath Tribes appreciate this effort, we feel strongly that in order to be effective this needs to be accomplished on a much larger scale.  We also are saddened that we are at the point where artificial propagation is now a necessary step in attempt to save these species from extinction.

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Tupper Running for Oregon House District 56 Democratic Ticket

Tupper Running for Oregon House District 56 Democratic Ticket

On Monday, March 5, Taylor Tupper, a member of the Klamath Tribes, filed to run for the Oregon Legislature in Oregon House District 56, comprising the southern portion of Klamath and Lake Counties--including Klamath Falls, Merrill, Malin, and Lakeview.

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Issuance of Draft 60-Day Notice to Protect C’waam and Koptu

Issuance of Draft 60-Day Notice to Protect C’waam and Koptu

On Friday, February 9, 2018, attorneys for the Klamath Tribes sent a letter to representatives of three federal agencies requesting that Upper Klamath Lake be managed at higher levels throughout the upcoming irrigation season to protect the endangered C’waam and Koptu (Lost River and Shortnose suckers, respectively).

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Annual Return of C'waam Ceremony

Annual Return of C'waam Ceremony

Along the banks of the Sprague River, in Chiloquin, Ore. the C'waam Ceremony is held each year after the first big Fish-Blanket snow in March when c’waam (also known as the Lost River Sucker) swim up the Sprague River to spawn.  This years event will be held March 24th.

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Klamath Tribes Hotel Development Update

Klamath Tribes Hotel Development Update

The hotel ground breaking ceremony was held August 15, 2017, adjacent to Kla-Mo-Ya Casino, along Hwy 97 in Chiloquin, Oregon. The ceremony solidified a partnership for a 76-room hotel between the Klamath Tribes and Choice Hotel to build a Sleep Inn Suites complete with indoor pool, conference room, workout facility, guest laundry and breakfast space for hotel visitors. The new hotel will be located directly off Highway 97 connected to the primary parking lot of  Kla-Mo-Ya Casino.

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