Karuk Tribe hails law that bans mining practice
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed into law a bill that places a moratorium on a controversial gold mining technique.

The Karuk Tribe lobbied heavily for the bill, attributing a decline in salmon runs to the practice of suction dredge mining. Recreational groups, known as the New 49ers, fought back and tried to shut down a tribal fishery at one point.

"We offered up a compromise awhile back with some of the gold-mining folks out there," tribal member Bob Goodwin told the Associated Press. "They kind of had us backed into a corner. We kept pressing. We're very happy with the outcome."

The moratorium will stay in place while the California Department of Fish and Game studies how the practice affects salmon runs.

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Gov. Schwarzenegger signs Wiggins bill to ban suction dredge mining in Calif. (The Eureka Times-Standard 8/7)
Glimmer of Gold Rush dies: Calif. bans gas dredges (AP 8/6)
California Tribal Business Alliance Applauds Governor on Signing of SB 670 (CTBA 8/6)

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