The Klamath County Board of Commissioners will
hear a presentation from representatives of the
Klamath Tribes at 2 p.m. today.
Commissioner Al Switzer
said Tuesday that the Tribes will discuss their
efforts to regain major portions of the former
Klamath Indian Reservation.
The meeting at the Klamath County Government
Center is open to the public, but no public
testimony will be received, and no decisions
will be made, Switzer said. He characterized the
meeting as a "work session," as opposed to a
public hearing or action agenda.
The meeting will not be
televised, but audio tape recordings of the
meeting will be available at a later date.
Abolished in 1961, the Klamath Indian
Reservation contained about 1.2 million acres in
central Klamath and Lake counties. About 730,000
acres of former reservation land is in federal
ownership, mostly in the Fremont-Winema National
The Tribes have been pressing for several years
for a return of former reservation lands still
in federal ownership. Last January the Tribes
announced a new effort to regain former tribal
lands. That effort includes negotiating with
agricultural interests in the Klamath Basin
regarding water rights.