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Feds, state could be next on list
July 25, 2004
The federal government
and the state of Oregon are next, said Dan Israel, a
Denver-based attorney representing the tribes.
Israel filed the
Klamath Tribes' claim against PacifiCorp on May 11
in U.S. District Court in Portland, seeking at least
$1 billion in damages for the construction of dams
that prevent salmon from reaching the upper Klamath
Some of the other
claims could be for the taking of Crater Lake,
failure to protect water quality and quantity, and
poor management of hunting resources, he said.
Speaking to the Herald
and News by phone, he said Saturday it is up to the
Tribes to decide when to file the other claims
against the United States and Oregon.
"They would be at the
bottom of the list," he said.
About 200 people,
mostly members of the Tribes, packed into the
sweltering Altamont Elementary gymnasium late
Saturday morning, expecting to hear Israel give an
update on the salmon suit and to discuss the
monetary damages, the goal of the claims is to
"force the hand of restoration in the Basin," Israel
citing company guidelines, won't comment about the
case, said Jon Coney, company spokesman.
But, even if some of
the dams are removed and fish passage is set up
around the dams, Israel said the damage claims will
Allen Foreman, chairman
of the Klamath Tribes, said the salmon suit was a
long time coming.
He said members of the
Tribes came from all around - Sacramento, Pendleton
and Washington state, for example - to attend the
They said they both
support the lawsuit, and said the claims weren't
Bob Bajorcas, chairman
of the claims committee, said getting salmon has
been a dream of tribal elders.
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