Tribes 'terrorized' by white men
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Three white men in Oregon have been arrested for what a local sheriff said was "an act of terrorism" against a community where the Klamath Tribes have their offices.

Witnesses said the men drove through the town of Chiloquin on December 1, brandishing guns and shouting "Sucker lovers." The reference is to the tribes, who consider the sucker fish sacred.

The Klamath basin has been the center of tension between tribes and non-Indians because the Department of Interior cut off water to local farmers protect the sucker fish and other species. Just yesterday, Oregon State University scientists released a draft report about the situation, saying racism has played a factor.

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Trio arrested, charged in Klamath Basin shooting rampage (The Oregonian 12/20)
3 arrested in shooting spree tied to Klamath water war; men taunted Indians, witnesses say (AP 12/20)
Klamath troubles run deep, report says (The Oregonian 12/20)
Failure of farm bill in Senate holds up Klamath Basin plan (The Oregonian 12/20)
Researchers Blame Klamath Troubles on Racism (AP 12/19)
Study: Racism, lack of leadership obstacles to Klamath solution (AP 12/19)

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ocation in the Klamath Basin: An Assessment of Natural Resource, Economic, Social, and Institutional Issues -

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