‘It was their land first’

‘It was their land first’

Chiloquin High School senior Hannah Schroeder believes education on the true history of tribal nations is key to an ongoing healing process.

“Since time immemorial, our tribal nations have occupied and cared for this land that we call the state of Oregon, and it’s important now more than ever for indigenous people in the state and across Indian country to be recognized for the contribution to society,” she said during a speech Monday at a dedication ceremony to permanently display the flags of the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon in the Learning Resource Center at Oregon Tech.

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Merkley tours sucker recovery program

Merkley tours sucker recovery program

Senator Jeff Merkley visited Klamath Falls on Monday to tour the rearing ponds at Gone Fishing and the floating net pens on Upper Klamath Lake.  This was Merkley’s first visit to tour the facilities following his Sucker Recovery Event held last fall. Following the summit, Merkley secured $3 million in federal funding for an expansion of the project.

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Klamath Tribes met with DHS regarding Native American Children and the Child Welfare System

Klamath Tribes met with DHS regarding Native American Children and the Child Welfare System

Chiloquin OR.- Klamath Tribal Government, Administration Staff, and Tribal Social Services, met with members of the Oregon Department of Human Services to discuss the Child Welfare System and the Klamath Tribal children’s over-represented numbers in the state child welfare system.

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Klamath Tribes receive Justice Department grant of $396k supporting crime victims

Klamath Tribes receive Justice Department grant of $396k supporting crime victims

WASHINGTON— The Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime today awarded more than $8 million to support crime victims in Native American communities in six states: Alaska, California, Maine, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. The group of 13 awards is the third in a series of grants being made by OVC to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. OVC has now awarded more than $17 million of nearly $100 million to support tribal victim service programs.

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Klamath Tribe blesses C’WAAM and honors Creator in ceremony [VIDEO]

Klamath Tribe blesses C’WAAM and honors Creator in ceremony [VIDEO]

In the old times the Klamath Tribe believed everything they needed to live was provided for them by their Creator - They still believe this today.

One of those things provided by Creator is the C’WAAM. Each spring the Klamath Tribe holds a ceremony to celebrate the fish and to give thanks to the Creator for providing the fish.

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Local Stakeholders Announce Major Investments in Klamath Basin

Local Stakeholders Announce Major Investments in Klamath Basin

KLAMATH FALLS, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, joined by representatives from Klamath-area irrigation districts and tribes​, today announced significant investments in the Klamath Basin were included in the 2019 spending bills that recently were passed by Congress and signed by the president.

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COMMENTARY: Klamath Tribes is Being Held to a Different Standard than the other Participants. Why?

COMMENTARY: Klamath Tribes is Being Held to a Different Standard than the other Participants. Why?

Commentary by, Don Gentry, Chairman of the Klamath Tribes

The Klamath Tribes acknowledge the efforts, facilitated by the Department of Interior, to provide opportunity to develop solutions to the Klamath Basin’s ongoing water and fisheries battles.

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Program on Wocus Set for February 4th

Program on Wocus Set for February 4th

A program on efforts to restore populations of wocus plants in the Klamath Basin will be presented next week during a meeting of the Klamath Basin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon.

The program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Klamath County Museum, 1451 Main St. in Klamath Falls. The meeting is open to anyone interested. Presenters will be Megan Skinner, acting water operations chief at the Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office, and Christie Nichols, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Hundreds Attend Hearing on Jordan Cove Pipeline

Hundreds Attend Hearing on Jordan Cove Pipeline

Over 300 people attended a standing room only hearing on the Jordan Cove Energy Project at Klamath Community College Monday night. For two and a half hours, supporters and opponents of the project were able to voice opinions. The hearing was held as an opportunity for the public to specifically voice opinions on the removal-fill permit application. A process required by the State of Oregon for the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project.

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From the ‘Time Beyond Memory’

From the ‘Time Beyond Memory’

A circle of drummers sang and beat a large drum in the middle of the Shasta Elementary School gym. Dancers, some younger than the students watching and dressed in Native American regalia, took the floor, sharing the flash and fun of contemporary Native American powwow dances.

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Merkley Hosts Science Summit to Identify Solutions for Suckers [VIDEO]

Merkley Hosts Science Summit to Identify Solutions for Suckers [VIDEO]

KLAMATH FALLS, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley on Friday hosted a science summit, the Sucker Recovery Summit, to share updates on the health of the species and to discuss possible short-term options to help the Lost River (C'waam) and shortnose (Koptu) suckers survive until long-term solutions take effect.

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Klamath Tribes Drop ESA Lawsuit

Klamath Tribes Drop ESA Lawsuit

Chiloquin, OR – The Klamath Tribes today announced the dismissal of its lawsuit against the Bureau of Reclamation. The Klamath Tribes maintain that the Bureau has failed–and continues to fail–to meet its obligations under the Endangered Species Act to prevent extinction of C’waam and Koptu (Lost River and Shortnose suckers, respectively).

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Traditional Klamath, Modoc Songs Subject of Program

Traditional Klamath, Modoc Songs Subject of Program

A program on traditional Klamath and Modoc songs will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Klamath County Museum.

Museum Curator Niles Reynolds will examine samples of Native American music obtained by anthropologists at various points in time. The program is the third in a series of Klamath anthropological presentations by Reynolds at the museum.

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Tribes, SCOEDD and Lake County to Receive Grants for Rural Business Development

Tribes, SCOEDD and Lake County to Receive Grants for Rural Business Development

PORTLAND, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced nearly $560,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development grants were awarded to projects across Oregon.

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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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