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Karuk Tribe · Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations · Institute for Fisheries Resources · Center For Biological Diversity · Friends of the River  The Sierra Fund · Upper American River Foundation · Environmental Law Foundation ·  California Sportfishing Protection Alliance · Foothills Anglers Coalition · North Fork American River Alliance ·Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center· Klamath Riverkeeper


For Immediate Release, October 9, 2015



Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribe, (916) 207-8294

Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, The Sierra Fund, (530) 913-1844

Glen Spain, PCFFA, (541) 689-2000

Jonathan Evans, Center for Biological Diversity, (213) 598-1466

John Buckley, CSERC, cell (209) 918-2485; office (209) 586-7440

Bill Jennings, CSPA, (209) 464-5067

California Gov. Brown Signs New Law to Protect Rivers, Fisheries From Gold Mining

S.B. 637 Requires Clean Water Act Permits for Motorized Hobby Gold Miners


SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 637 to protect California’s water supplies, wildlife and cultural resources from the damaging effects of destructive hobby gold mining. The new law requires that all small-scale miners using motorized suction pumps obtain a Clean Water Act Permit from the State Water Resources Control Board before mining in California waterways.

“This is a great victory for all of us concerned about clean water and healthy fisheries,” said Elizabeth Martin of the Sierra Fund.

“We are very pleased that our tribal fisheries and sacred sites will receive additional protections from the ravages of gold-mining clubs who have been damaging our resources for decades,” said Josh Saxon, council member of the Karuk Tribe.

The legislation affects suction dredge mining, high banking and any other form of mining that relies on motorized suction pumps to process materials from the banks or beds of rivers and streams. Suction dredges are powered by gas or diesel engines that are mounted on floating pontoons in the river; attached to their engines is a powerful vacuum hose, which the dredger uses to suction up the gravel, sand and mud from the bottom of the river. The suctioned material is sifted in search of gold. Similarly, high banking suctions water to process material excavated from riverbanks, causing erosion and sediment problems as well as affecting cultural sites.

Dredging and high banking alters fish habitat by changing the river bottom and often reintroduces mercury, left over from historic mining operations, to the waterways threatening communities and fisheries. These machines can turn a clear-running mountain stream into a murky watercourse unfit for swimming or fishing. 

Read more: Press Release - New Law to Protect Rivers

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Karuk Tribe


For Immediate Release:   January 30, 2015


For more information:  Leaf Hillman, Director of Natural Resources, 530.627.3446



Tishawnik Ceremonial Grounds near Orleans, CA Recognized as Historically Significant Area by National Park Service


Happy Camp, CA – Today the National Park Service announced added the Tishawnik Ceremonial Grounds, located just south of  Orleans, California, to the National Register of Historic Places (National Register).

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

Tishawnik is one of three locations where the annual Karuk World Renewal Ceremony or Pikyávish, has been celebrated since time immemorial.  According to Karuk Tribal Chairman Russell ‘Buster’ Attebery, “Karuk People have been conducting these ceremonies and performing our sacred ceremonial dances at Tishawnik since the beginning of time.  Today’s announcement helps ensure that these sacred ceremonies and dances will continue to be held here until the end of time.”

Tishawnik is located along the thinly populated middle reaches of the Klamath River in northern California and has been used since time immemorial by the Karuk Tribe, as well as visiting neighbors, the Yurok and Hupa Tribes.  These ceremonies and ceremonial dances are still performed at this site each year.

In recent years, the area has been threatened by development, mining activity, and illegal marijuana growers. The Tribe hopes that recognition by the National Park Service will help protect this important cultural resource.

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Ayukîi, thank you for visiting the Karuk website. As you may have seen in the Springtime 2014 Karuk Newsletter, we need your support to get the Karuk Gaming Compact approved in the California State Legislature. Here is a link to the draft letter. You may also send this to the local Yreka City Council and Siskiyou Board of Supervisors. If possible please send us a copy of your letter or let us know that you sent a letter by emailing Jaclyn Goodwin at jaclyngoodwin@karuk.us. We thank you for your support. Yôotva!!!


To download the letter of support or view the casino update click one of the following links

Letter of Support

Casino Update




For Immediate Release

March 26, 2014

Contact:  Mary Anne Ostrom, Director of Communications

Cell: 510-381-3070 maryanne.ostrom@cetfund.org


California Emerging Technology Fund Names

Tribal Leaders 2014 Broadband Champions

Karuk and Yurok Tribes Act to Close the Digital Divide in Humboldt County


Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA – March 26, 2014 – The California Emerging Technology Fund is pleased to announce Karuk Tribe Informational Technology Director Eric Cutright and Yurok Tribe Information Service Director Paul Romero are 2014 Broadband Champions.  Fifteen individuals are being recognized for their groundbreaking work and strong commitment to close the Digital Divide. 

The Champions were selected in consultation with dozens of broadband leaders, community advocates and state and local policymakers.  The 15 individuals are featured in the California Emerging Technology Fund 2013-2014 Annual Report and will be recognized at events in San Francisco on March 27 and in Pasadena on May 19.

“We congratulate Eric, Paul and all of the Broadband Champions.  From Humboldt to Hollywood, from El Centro to Oakland, they are representatives of trailblazers who work throughout California and beyond to point the way for policymakers to understand the opportunities afforded by information technology and high-speed Internet access,” said CETF President and CEO Sunne Wright McPeak.  “The Champions also share the moral imperative not to leave anyone behind or offline.  Each of these individuals inspires us to act to close the Digital Divide,” she said.  Photo of Tribal Leaders and the full list of recipients are available on request.

Eric Cutright and Paul Romero:  Bringing 21st Century Technology to Tribes

For hundreds of far Northern California residents, living with no regular cell service, no high-speed Internet, not even reliable landline phone service is common.  Orleans, tucked away in northeast Humboldt County, is home to members of the Karuk Tribe. After years of unmet promises for better service, the tribe, led by Tribe Informational Technology Director Eric Cutright, decided to become the Internet Service Provider .  Funding was hard to come by, so Eric teamed with Paul Romero, Information Service Director of the neighboring Yurok Tribe.  In 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission approved $6.6 million to help fund the Klamath River Rural Broadband Initiative Project – an 80-mile fiber optic route from Orleans to Humboldt Bay. Upon completion, planned for October 2015, more than 600 unserved and underserved households will have reliable communications. “It’s going to be life-saving,” says Eric.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              

Matt Baun (FWS) 530-841-3119

January 16, 2014                                                                              


Secretary Jewell Presents 2013 Partners in Conservation Award

to Klamath Basin Tribal Youth Program


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today presented the Department of the Interior’s 2013 Partners in Conservation Awards to 20 public-private partnerships, including theKlamath Tribal Leadership Development Program for Integrative Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.

At the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Secretary Jewell thanked the Klamath team and others who collaborated on important conservation projects and programs in 2013. For information all of the award recipients please visit: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/secretary-jewell-presents-2013-partners-in-conservation-awards.cfm

“The Department of the Interior is proud to recognize the accomplishments of those who are innovating and collaborating in ways that address today’s complex conservation and stewardship challenges,” said Secretary Jewell. “These partnerships represent the gold standard for how Interior is doing business across the nation to power our future, strengthen tribal nations, conserve and enhance America’s great outdoors and engage the next generation.”

The Klamath tribal youth education program was launched last summer and connected scientists and college students to Klamath Basin restoration projects. The program brought together youth representing the Yurok Tribe, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Kaurk Tribe, Quartz Valley Indian Reservation and the Klamath Tribes with scientists from the NASA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Read more: Tribal Youth Program Award


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