KLAMATH TRIBAL MEMBERS PROTEST “CELEBRATORY” SIGNING OF UPPER KLAMATH BASIN COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT

A Klamath Tribes descendant burns a copy of the UKBCA to symbolize disdain for the agreement.

A Klamath Tribes descendant burns a copy of
the UKBCA to symbolize disdain for the agreement.

(CHILOQUIN, OREGON) – U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally
Jewell, State of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, State of California
Governor Jerry Brown, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, Oregon Senator Jeff
Merkley, Klamath Tribes elected officials and Klamath Basin irrigators
held a “celebratory” signing of the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive
Agreement last Friday at Collier Park, 4 miles north of Chiloquin. With
strong support from Senator Wyden, he stated *“I am going to introduce in
the first few days of May, legislation in partnership with Senator Merkley
to make this agreement law.”*

But the “celebration” was not held without opposition. Members and
descendants of the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin tribes came together to
object to the UKBCA stating that tribal membership had less than a month
to review the 93 page document. Tribal Council only allowed 19 days from the
mailing of the ballots by the election company to the deadline for return.

Although their addresses are current and updated, a large portion of
membership either did not receive a ballot or did not did receive a ballot
in time to cast a vote before the deadline. Therefore, membership feels
proper voting procedure was not implemented and they did not have adequate
time to make an informed decision in the referendum vote, which had a
deadline of April 9th 2014 postmarked by 9 am.

“To me this is a violation of the code of ethics that the Tribal Council
signed at the beginning of their term. They showed no moral principal with
this act. I hope they can live with themselves after they have ignored
their membership,” said a Klamath Tribal member who wished to remain anonymous.
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Cliven Bundy; an indigenous perspective on the armed militia response

I am personally ambivalent regarding Mr. Bundy’s specific claims to grazing lands and cattle grazing in Nevada. I feel certain there are environmental issues with cattle grazing practices in an arid region. As an Alaska Native and American Indian (descended from two distinct tribes) I would also be very sympathetic to any current indigenous claims to the land in question; but I am not aware of any.

I have seen two different reactions to the situation through social media from fellow Natives. The first has been unabashed support for anyone fighting the Feds. We have our own history of armed standoffs with government forces. Consequently, our organizations have been the target of intense repression by COINTELPRO and law enforcement. Additionally, a number of incidents, from entrapment of indigenous trappers to raids on hemp farms in sovereign territory have put the native population at odds with the Feds; nevermind the centuries of conflict between the United States and Native tribes.
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Southeast Alaskan Tribes Come Together for Clean Water in Transboundary Rivers

SEACC.org

Mike Fay | National Geographic Explorer in Residence – via Juneau Empire

Eleven of Southeast Alaska’s 19 federally recognized Tribes met in Craig, Prince of Wales at the Craig Tribal House in late March to join together in protecting their way of life from the impacts of transboundary mining projects underway in the Canadian headwaters of Alaska’s major rivers. The Tribal summit was sponsored by the Organized Village of Kasaan and resulted in a new Unified Tribal Transboundary Mining Workgroup.

More information at the Juneau Empire.

Our tribes, lands, and eco-systems straddle colonially imposed borders.

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Burn Baby Burn!

Forgive me if I fail to shed a tear.

The US flag burns at the Braves home opening game on April 9, 2014

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Slackwater Rising: An Open Letter to Rose City Antifa

Vince:

My close friend and ally, Cathasaigh Ó Corcráin, responds to accusations made by Rose City Antifa that he and I are “Crypto Fascists.”

Originally posted on Míle Gaiscíoch:

“This is the most immediate fruit of exile, of uprooting: the prevalence of the unreal over the real. Everyone dreamed past and future dreams, of slavery and redemption, of improbable paradises, of equally mythical and improbable enemies; cosmic enemies, perverse and subtle, who pervade everything like the air.” 

-Primo Levi, Se questo è un uomo

I am very sorry that you have chosen to back out of the upcoming gathering, Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence.  I feel that the perspective you folks have to offer, in regards to the tumultuous arguments that are ongoing in our various communities revolving around oppression and identity politics is a vital one.  I hope that you will reconsider your move to silence dialogue within the bioregional movement and a creative attempt to decolonize a stolen land base.  Please feel free to let you voices be heard.

I have been informed that your decision…

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Alternative Sovereignties Conference

I am presenting at the Alternative Sovereignties Conference at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Friday, May 9 – Erb Memorial Union
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Contesting Absence, Creating Presence – Maple Room

  • Linda Fuller, “Indigenous Resistances: Modes, Visions, and Accomplishments”
  • James Daria, “Land, Territory, and Autonomy: The Creation and Suppression of the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, Mexico.”
  • Vince Rinehart, “Self-Constructing Tlingit Sovereignty”
  • Celeste Pedri-Spade, “Nametoo (Anishinabemowin for “there is evidence that he/she was/is present”)”

I will be discussing ideas around what a true tribal nation looks like and how we can rebuild them today, using the construction of a de facto Tlingit Nation as an example. What were our tribes? They were networks of decentralized, autonomous clans, bands and villages that practiced a form of polycentric tribal law and common resource ownership. In the Tlingit world clans are everything. At the root of our societal breakdown and colonization is the destruction of our clans and the imposition of settler institutions. Rebuild our clans and sovereignty follows.

Courtesy of Tlingit Readers Inc.; produced by the late Andrew Hope III

Courtesy of Tlingit Readers Inc.; produced by the late Andrew Hope III

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First successful herring spawn in False Creek in more than 100 years

Originally posted on Global News:

This is a comeback story for the herring in Vancouver’s False Creek.

Eight years ago the Squamish Streamkeepers Society tried an experiment to help herring populations rebound in Howe Sound.

They wrapped the creosote-soaked pilings under the docks with fabric, so when the herring laid their eggs on the piling they would not be poisoned by the creosote.

It worked so well, last New Year’s Eve they did the same thing near Granville Island.

The result is the first successful herring spawn in False Creek in more than 100 years.

“There were 20 tons of herring spawn here on the last full moon,” said John Matsen from the Squamish Streamkeepers Society. “The potential is 15,000 tons of herring.”

“If we can mimic a fraction of the success that we’ve had in Squamish, you’re going to see herring like in the good old days here.”

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