Tribe Appeals For Removal Of Dams

Dams have been decimating the population of salmon in Northern California's Klamath River for years, and now Native Americans who depend on the salmon are traveling to visit the owner of the dams to appeal for their removal.

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April 27, 2007, 12:00 PM PDT

By Nate Berg


Native Americans from Northern California are taking a road trip to Omaha, Nebraska, to raise awareness about dams on the Klamath River that are severely affecting the population of Salmon -- a species on which the tribe heavily depends. They plan to attend the shareholders meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, a subsidiary of which is operating the dams on the Klamath. Their plan is to appeal to billionaire Warren Buffett, who runs Berkshire Hathaway, to remove the dams.

"Salmon are integral to both the food supply and the culture of the Klamath's tribes, which many archaeologists say have lived along the river for more than 10,000 years."

"Extremely low populations of Klamath salmon during the past few years have resulted in heavy strictures on commercial fishing to protect the depleted stocks."

"Klamath tribal members traveled to Scotland in 2004 and 2005 to ask ScottishPower, the company that then owned PacifiCorp, to remove the dams."

Friday, April 27, 2007 in The San Francisco Chronicle

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