Coalition of Klamath River Native Women
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Group stages demonstration calling for removal of
Klamath Fish Killing Dams
Omaha, NE - Tonight a group of Native women from the
Klamath River Basin, dressed in traditional regalia,
staged a protest over Warren Buffett's fish killing dams
on the Klamath River in Northern California. The event
was held during a cocktail party at Buffett's local
diamond retail Borsheims.
"Wealthy women come here to shop for their jewelry.
Wealthy women from the Klamath River make our jewelry
from the plants that grow along the river banks and the
shells of mussel and abalone," said Yurok Tribal member
Georgiana Myers. "Now the river is so polluted from
Buffett's dams we are worried about harvesting the
plants we need for our jewelry and regalia."
The 20 members of the Yurok, Karuk and Hoopa Valley
Tribes unfurled a huge banner demanding, "Warren, Un-Dam
the Klamath! Sign the Agreement Now!"
The women, many of whom are mothers, hope to convince
the Buffett family to consider their appeals to meet and
discuss a dam removal plan that would serve in
everyone's best interests.
"Our stance now is that since there is no business as
usual on the Klamath River, there will be no business as
usual for Buffett here in Omaha," said Myers.
The group contends that dam removal is good for business
as studies show that dam removal is cheaper than
relicensing the antiquated structures that block over
350 miles of salmon habitat and turn the river a putrid
green with toxic algae blooms each year.
"We are a reasonable people, but the Buffetts have to
own up to their responsibilities and sit down with us to
resolve this issue," said Myers.
"We came here last year and we will keep coming back to
Omaha every year until Buffett signs a dam removal
agreement," concluded Molli White, a Karuk Tribal Member
from Orleans, CA.
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