Time to Take Action
Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.

My name is Lee. I was a former resident of the Klamath Basin, but was
forced to leave because of the crisis cutting jobs. I am now a firefighter
with the California Department of Forestry and Fire and also a college
student. I believe that you should go more on the offensive and attack the
tribes. Ever since I have been forced to leave for a life, I have been
studying what has been going on. Tribes are doing this every where in the
US. And the question of equality always comes up. If this is America, why do
the tribes have more rights than the rest of us? Why don't we get paid for
being white? Why do we have to pay more taxes that go to the tribes? This is
all because of a treaty made in the 1700s. We pull out of treaties all the
time. But why not get rid of this one that is all but fair and puts them in
a position of power over us that pays them? I have also found that to be in
the tribes, you only have to be 1/8 -1/16 Indian. So most of these tribes
are majority white that have found a loophole to oppress us. I always hear
America talking about equality, and getting rid of the treaty will be one of
many steps to get there.




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