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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Press release from The Modoc Nation:

The draft legislation from U.S. Representative Greg Walden of Oregon to address Klamath water issues was finally revealed yesterday.  The draft bill fails to provide for dam removals, which is the key component of a long-term fisheries restoration strategy. In addition, it includes a transfer of significant land acreage from federal to county control that would harm fisheries resources in the Klamath Basin.   It would also appear to force tribes to relinquish their Rights to ever hold the Federal Government Liable for anything in the future.  It would seem to be yet another attempt to force through an agreement that should have never been written to begin with.  (KBRA & KHSA)

The Modoc Nation opposes this draft legislation or any up to this point.

“The Modoc Nation cannot support any legislation that does not improve conditions on the Klamath River,” said Chief Jefferson Greywolf-Kelley, Chief of The Modoc Nation. “This bill continues to skirt the main issues and take away Tribal Rights”.  

The Modoc Nation vehemently opposes this new legislation or any prior, as should anyone interested in the long-term health of the Klamath River. The Modoc Nation is committed to restoring the river without giving up our long fought for and upheld Rights.


Friday, June 5, 2015

Klamath Tribe contributing to Our Genocide!

Although we are our own separate Nation now, we fear that that the Deal that the Klamath's are trying to make with the Government will also have an effect on us.... Although we have made it abundantly clear we do not Agree with the KBRA & KHSA (S. 133) and we will not give up our Rights Ever! We ask that you continue to send letters and make calls on this situation. No Tribe should be forced to give up their Rights and that is what the Government is trying to do to us. We consider this another form of Genocide as they have continued to group us in with the Klamath's and we are not Klamath nor were we ever. WE ARE MODOC!  
By enrolling Modoc's as Klamath and not Modoc this is a form of Cultural Genocide, by stating that the Klamath's, Modoc's and Yahooskins are one tribe is yet another. We have always been Modoc not of or part of but Modoc.  I can go on and on but hopefully you get the idea.

Subject: Fwd: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Dissenting Tribal Voices Locked Out of Klamath Land Transfer Discussion
In case you missed it, please see the press release below about disputes and disagreements within the Klamath Tribes' membership.
It is curious (but not surprising) that a deal which once claimed to bring Klamath River Basin residents together in harmony has actually created or enhanced deep divisions within our communities.
KBRA Deal promoters also claimed that no tribal water rights would be sacrificed. The recent Upper Basin Agreement put the lie to that claim. If Congress authorizes the KBRA, the Klamath Tribes will relinquish their claim to flows for salmon and other fish in the Klamath River below Upper Klamath Lake. That right is to the amount of water sufficient to restore tribal salmon and other fisheries. It is the last best hope for Klamath River Salmon. If that right is lost Klamath River flows will be limited to the amount needed to prevent "jeopardy" to ESA listed Coho salmon. Those are the flows which right now are killing most of the juvenile salmon trying to reach the Pacific Ocean.
The Federal Government wants us to believe that funding for "restoration" projects can restore our fish even if the River is starved of water. That is a lie and a hoax; we need BOTH restoration and adequate river flows in order to restore our salmon to abundance.
Felice Pace
Klamath, CA 95548

Media Contact- Willa Powless: (307)-757-7970
Kayla Godowa: (541)-735-1793
Dissenting Tribal Voices Locked Out of Klamath Land Transfer Discussion
Despite Years of Inaction and Major Revisions, Klamath Tribes Chairman Refuses to Revisit Water Agreement
Chiloquin, Ore -- Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry released a letter to Klamath Tribes members June 3rd stating that, despite substantial changes to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), the General Council who is the governing body of the Klamath Tribes, would not be given any opportunity to revisit or revise its position. The KBRA was approved with only approximately 20% participation from voting tribal members, and support for the agreement has declined significantly since the last vote in 2014. The loss of the Mazama Forest, outlined in the original KBRA, has been seen as an opportunity to revisit the tribe’s involvement in the KBRA.
On February 28th, 2015 Klamath Tribal members unanimously passed resolutions 2015-003 directing and authorizing Tribal Chairman Don Gentry to immediately provide proper Notice of Impending Failure to all other KBRA parties, and resolution 2015-004 authorizing and directing the tribal chairman to immediately serve proper Dispute Initiation Notice (DIN) to all parties of the KBRA.
In Chairman Gentry’s letter Gentry stated that the resolution 2015-003 required “that the Klamath Tribes receive a benefit similar in nature to and not of less value than”. However this phrase is quoted from the whereas section. A whereas is a preamble in a resolution and is nothing more than simple background information or a statement of facts, and explains the logic of the resolved. The resolved is the directive. Klamath Tribal members have not authorized any cures to land acquisition or amendments to the KBRA.
Tribal members desire land acquisition but not at the mercy of the KBRA. Draft land legislation leaves many questions unanswered.
“This has not been a transparent, democratic process,” said Willa Powless of Honor the Treaty of 1864, a group of Klamath Tribal members focused on protecting tribal resources and rights. “Tribal members have been asking questions about this new deal, such as what would the priority date for the water right be on a new parcel, how do the tribes plan to manage this potential replacement parcel, and what other obligations or restrictions are already placed on the land? Tribal Council has refused to answer any questions.”
Honor the Treaty of 1864 has been particularly concerned about new reports of sick and infected fish in the Klamath Basin. Through KBRA negotiations, Klamath Tribes have relinquished the right to make a water call for salmon and this leaves many questions about an agreement that claims to restore fish.
“Water is essential to our culture as Klamath, Modoc, Yahooskin people,” said Rowena Jackson, Klamath Tribal member. “We are taught it is the foundation of all life. And without our sacred water our culture cannot survive.”
A common misconception in the public is that all the Klamath River tribes support the KBRA. However, the public is not aware that the political turmoil of the KBRA has been destructive to tribal members, igniting disputes that have created tribal divisions, split families, and ended life-long friendships.
While tribal members support dam removal and protecting fish, many do not believe the KBRA adequately represents these aspects that are vital to Klamath, Modoc, Yahooskin culture and spirituality. These tribal members believe that the bargained for benefits within the KBRA can be achieved without having to relinquish tribal rights and advocate for withdrawal from the KBRA.
Honor the Treaty of 1864 firmly believes that the tribe should retain and exercise senior water rights.
Honor the Treaty of 1864 works actively to protect water, fish and wildlife and to bring awareness to their current threats and seeks solutions to ensure their survival.
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