MEDIA STATEMENT from The KARUK TRIBE regarding TRINITY RIVER RELEASES
The Karuk Tribal Council is extremely thrilled to announce the Bureau of Reclamation has announced they will be releasing additional water from the Trinity Reservoir to supplement flows in the Lower Klamath River. Flows will be released beginning on Saturday morning at 7 a.m., causing a flow rate of approximately 2,500 cfs in the lower Klamath.
Hopefully the release of water is not too late, and it will prevent a major fish kill like we saw in 2002. Over 60,000 fall Chinook were lost in 2002, due to low flows and warm water temperatures which allowed disease and other trauma to negatively impact the fish.
The Tribal Council would like to personally thank all of the strong advocates for the fish and the rivers, including both the Trinity River and the Klamath River. Your dedication and commitment to grassroots activism coupled with strong science is what led to these vital releases of water. We are thankful for all of your prayers and we are grateful that your actions yielded positive results. During this time of ceremony and healing for the Tribe, our Tribal Members and communities should not have had to go to such great lengths to get results. We are glad that they are now able to relax for the moment and focus on strength and healing for our important ceremonies.
P R E S S R E L E A S E
For Immediate Release: August 19, 2014
For more information: Tribal Chairman Russell Attebery, (530) 493-1600 ext. 2019
Self-Governance Coordinator Jaclyn Goodwin (530) 643-6369
THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE APPROVES
TRIBAL-STATE GAMING COMPACT
BETWEEN THE KARUK TRIBE AND THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Sacramento, CA – Today the California Legislature approved legislation to ratify the Tribal-State Gaming Compact between the Karuk Tribe and the State of California.
SB 1224, authored by Senator Lou Correa, ratified the tribal-state gaming compact signed by Governor Brown and Karuk Tribal Chairman Russell “Buster” Attebery on December 5, 2013. SB 1224 was approved by the State Senate on August 14 by a vote of 28-4 and the State Assembly passed AB 1224 on August 19th by a vote of 63-1.
The tribal-state compact provides that the Karuk Tribe may build and operate a Class III gaming facility in the City of Yreka once it is ratified by legislation, signed by the Governor and approved by the United States Department of the Interior.
The Karuk Tribe will develop the project in two phases. Phase 1 consists of a 36,000 square-foot gaming facility with approximately 500 gaming machines, 8 table games, a 100-seat restaurant, and on-site parking. Phase 2 will eventually add an 80-room hotel, additional parking, 20,000 additional square feet of gaming space, 300 gaming machines, and 8 table games.
Karuk Tribe Chairman Buster Attebery stated, “Today our gaming project took one very large step closer to reality due to the positive energy and commitment from our Tribal team and our local partners in the business community and civic leaders in Yreka. We are looking forward to a successful business venture that will provide multiple benefits for the entire community through job creation, increased local business revenue and an expansion of vital health and human services.”
The Karuk Tribe envisions this project not only as an engine for economic opportunity for the entire community of Siskiyou County, such as providing good-paying jobs and boosting tourism, but also to improve services to those in need in our area, such as enhanced health care and social services, that are too often lacking in rural communities. Additionally, due to funding restrictions, many services for Tribal Members and Descendants are limited to those within the Karuk Service Area. With some additional revenue that will not be bound by strict grant requirements, the Karuk Tribe will be able to more adequately serve Tribal Members and Descendants who are no longer able to live in the Karuk Service Area. We also will be excited to bring many of those Tribal Members and Descendants home with the opportunity of employment and new business ventures in the region.
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DATE: August 13, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Happy Camp, California
Smoke from several wildland fires have created unhealthy air quality levels for much of the Karuk Tribe’s service area.
A Clean Air Respite Center has been activated at the Tribe’s Senior Nutrition Center located at 64101 Second Avenue in Happy Camp (the Old Headway building). This center will be open to the community during regular business hours of 8am to 5pm, with additional hours considered based upon necessity.
The Karuk Tribe is prepared to distribute HEPA air purifiers/filters to community members, based upon their medical needs. Contact your local Tribal Clinic to request a unit at the following numbers:
Happy Camp Karuk Health Clinic: (530) 493-5257, Orleans Karuk Health Clinic: (530) 627-3452, Yreka Karuk Health Clinic: (530) 842-9200.
Everyone, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults and children, should limit their time spent outdoors, and avoid outdoor exercise when smoke is in the air. If you have symptoms of lung and/or heart disease that may be related to exposure to smoke and air particles, including repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, tightness in your chest or pain, palpitations, nausea, unusual fatigue or feeling lightheaded, contact your health care provider.
The Karuk Tribe Housing Authority can provide assistance with temporary housing and emergency shelter to eligible families who are affected by evacuation or requiring temporary relocation. Please contact Ashlee King at (800) 250-5811, extension 3108 for more information.
For current fire information visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/21/ for all Klamath National Forest incidents.