Yurok Tribe declares fish emergency
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The Yurok Tribe of California declared a state of emergency in response to the recent deaths of as many as 30,000 salmon on the Klamath River.

The move comes as federal officials are scaling back a special release of water meant to prevent further deaths. The Department of Interior claims it can't provide enough water for fish needed by the Yurok and Hoopa Valley tribes without jeopardizing needs of users upstream.

The Hoopa Valley Tribe is hoping to get emergency legislation to restore flows of water. Chairman Clifford Lyle Marshall wants to build a local coalition of Indians and non-Indians.

Yurok chair Sue Masten said her tribe is joining a lawsuit to force more river flows.

Get the Story:
Tribe hurt by die-off joins suit (The Oregonian 10/11)
Yuroks condemn U.S. water policies (The San Jose Mercury News 10/11)
Administration May Cut Klamath's Flow Again (The Los Angeles Times 10/11)
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Calif. Tribe Declares Salmon Crisis (AP 10/10)
Coming together on the Klamath and Trinity (The Eureka Times-Standard 10/10)

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