Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Westlands files lawsuit against Trinity water release
Hoopa Valley Tribe intervenes, urges increased release of water
"A die-off of Trinity River salmon, if it were to occur again this year, would be very harmful to the many Hoopa tribal members who rely upon these fish." -- Hoopa Valley Chair Danielle Vigil-Masten
by Dan Bacher
The Westlands Water District and San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority filed a lawsuit in federal court in Fresno on Wednesday, August 7 in an attempt to stop increased flows on the Trinity River set to begin on August 13.
The lawsuit alleges that the Bureau of Reclamation's planned releases from Trinity Reservoir to protect salmon in the lower Klamath River would be unlawful and would further cut water available for the growers, causing them "significant and irreparable harm."
Border Patrol Impunity Must End!
Mother Demands Justice
|Carlos La Madrid loved to play soccer and guitar and was learning to work with solar energy. Image credit: Border Action Network.|
By Derechos Humanos
Tucson -- Guadalupe Guerrero, mother of Carlos La Madrid, was informed this past Friday, August 9th, that the murderer of her son, Border Patrol Agent Lucas Tidwell, will not face any criminal charges for the shooting death of Carlos. On March 21, 2011, 19 year-old Carlos Lamadrid was killed by Agent Tidwell in broad daylight. Despite the fact that Carlos had his back to the agent and was halfway up a ladder at the time, Tidwell opened fire, hitting Carlos four times in the back. After being shot, Carlos, still alive, was handcuffed and dragged by Border Patrol agents. It took more than 45 minutes for any medical aid to arrive, and Carlos La Madrid died as a result.