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Friday, June 5, 2015

Dissenting Tribal Voices Locked Out of Klamath Land Transfer Discussion

Dissenting Tribal Voices Locked Out of Klamath Land Transfer Discussion
Despite Years of Inaction and Major Revisions, Klamath Tribes Chairman Refuses to Revisit Water Agreement
Media Contact- Willa Powless
Kayla Godowa
CHILOQUIN, Ore -- Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry released a letter to Klamath Tribes members June 3rd stating that, despite substantial changes to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), the General Council who is the governing body of the Klamath Tribes, would not be given any opportunity to revisit or revise its position. The KBRA was approved with only approximately 20% participation from voting tribal members, and support for the agreement has declined significantly since the last vote in 2014. The loss of the Mazama Forest, outlined in the original KBRA, has been seen as an opportunity to revisit the tribe’s involvement in the KBRA.
On February 28th, 2015 Klamath Tribal members unanimously passed resolutions 2015-003 directing and authorizing Tribal Chairman Don Gentry to immediately provide proper Notice of Impending Failure to all other KBRA parties, and resolution 2015-004 authorizing and directing the tribal chairman to immediately serve proper Dispute Initiation Notice (DIN) to all parties of the KBRA.
In Chairman Gentry’s letter Gentry stated that the resolution 2015-003 required “that the Klamath Tribes receive a benefit similar in nature to and not of less value than”. However this phrase is quoted from the whereas section. A whereas is a preamble in a resolution and is nothing more than simple background information or a statement of facts, and explains the logic of the resolved. The resolved is the directive. Klamath Tribal members have not authorized any cures to land acquisition or amendments to the KBRA.
Tribal members desire land acquisition but not at the mercy of the KBRA. Draft land legislation leaves many questions unanswered. 
“This has not been a transparent, democratic process,” said Willa Powless of Honor the Treaty of 1864, a group of Klamath Tribal members focused on protecting tribal resources and rights. “Tribal members have been asking questions about this new deal, such as what would the priority date for the water right be on a new parcel, how do the tribes plan to manage this potential replacement parcel, and what other obligations or restrictions are already placed on the land? Tribal Council has refused to answer any questions.”
Honor the Treaty of 1864 has been particularly concerned about new reports of sick and infected fish in the Klamath Basin. Through KBRA negotiations, Klamath Tribes have relinquished the right to make a water call for salmon and this leaves many questions about an agreement that claims to restore fish.
“Water is essential to our culture as Klamath, Modoc, Yahooskin people,” said Rowena Jackson, Klamath Tribal member. “We are taught it is the foundation of all life. And without our sacred water our culture cannot survive.”
 A common misconception in the public is that all the Klamath River tribes support the KBRA. However, the public is not aware that the political turmoil of the KBRA has been destructive to tribal members, igniting disputes that have created tribal divisions, split families, and ended life-long friendships.
While tribal members support dam removal and protecting fish, many do not believe the KBRA adequately represents these aspects that are vital to Klamath, Modoc, Yahooskin culture and spirituality. These tribal members believe that the bargained for benefits within the KBRA can be achieved without having to relinquish tribal rights and advocate for withdrawal from the KBRA.
Honor the Treaty of 1864 firmly believes that the tribe should retain and exercise senior water rights.
Honor the Treaty of 1864 works actively to protect water, fish and wildlife and to bring awareness to their current threats and seeks solutions to ensure their survival. 
Honor The Treaty of 1864 is a group of like-minded individuals who work actively to honor our ancestors and our 7th generation by protecting our resources and tribal rights. We work to protect water, fish and wildlife and to bring awareness to their current threats and seek solutions to ensure their survival. While these ideas are not new and many people before us stood for the same things we do, our group was officially formed in 2014. We welcome all people who support our cause.


Leonard Peltier 'My Life is in Your Hands'

Prison Dispatch from Leonard Peltier
June 05, 2015
"My life is in your hands."
English, with Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS Gazette
Greetings friends, supporters and Native Peoples,
I would like to begin by saying thank you to those of you who have been with me over these nearly 40 yrs, I know some have passed and we all miss them. Many of them gave their all to help Native nations.
Those of you still around have seen a lot of changes with the ILPDC. Most of the good volunteers had to leave for their own careers or health reasons and some just wanted to move on. But before they did go, they did some awesome things in building the Committee. Then there were, I must admit, a few who came along who had their own agenda. In the end, I was the one who lost out as a lot of the work done by others was lost. That is the situation with the Committee now.
So when my son Chauncey came to visit me after I hadn't seen him for over 16 yrs, I asked him if he would like to help me I needed someone to take care of my art work and to hire a good lawyer. We needed to reopen the Defense Committee, too. Chauncey said he would love to help me. Chauncey has been working hard. Please check out If you can afford to purchase artwork, it would be a big help. The available art isn't bad, I'm told :-)
Together with Peter Clark and a new Board, Chauncey is also rebuilding the Committee as quickly as he can. But I can't wait for the Committee to get back working at full strength as time is running out for me to file a clemency petition. So I have to ask you supporters around the world for help.
I hear some people claim I don't need lawyers. That's not true. And it's important for supporters to understand that some of my attorneys work for free, but they have expenses the Committee needs to cover. Not all of my attorneys work for free, though, and some are very expensive.
I also hear that supporters think all my celebrity supporters have donated to the Committee? They rarely do and when they do their donations are far less than you might imagine.
No. The fact is that it's always been you supporters who have kept my hope for freedom alive. Now more than ever before I need and want your support.
But I don't just need funds. I need you to keep contacting President Obama. My life is in your hands. Please do your part to help convince the President to let me go home.
Thank you.
Leonard Peltier


5 juni 2015

Gegroet, vrienden, supporters en Native volken

Ik wil beginnen met iedereen die deze 40 jaar aan mijn zijde hebben gestaan te bedanken. Sommigen onder hen zijn verder gegaan en we missen hen allemaal. Vele onder hen gaven hun alles om Native volken te helpen.

Diegenen die er nog zijn hebben een hoop veranderingen in het ILPDC meegemaakt.
Veel goede vrijwilligers hebben moeten afhaken omdat hun eigen carrière geen tijd overliet, of om gezondheidsredenen, anderen wilden gewoon verder.
Maar voor ze gingen hebben zij geweldige daden verricht in het comité.
Dan kwamen er enkele bij, en dat moet ik toegeven, die voor hun eigen agenda werkten.
Met resultaat dat ik het was dat ik het meeste verloren heb toen een hoop werk, gedaan door anderen verloren ging.
Zo is de toestand in het comité nu.

Dus toen mijn zoon Chauncey , mij kwam bezoeken heb ik hem gevraagd of hij me wou helpen om zorg te dragen voor mijn kunstwerken en een goede advocaat in de arm te nemen. Het Defense committee moest terug op poten gezet worden. Chauncey beloofde me te helpen en hij heeft reeds hard gewerkt. Neem eens een kijkje op

Wanneer u zich kan veroorloven om een werk te kopen, dan zou dat een grote hulp zijn.

Samen met Peter Clark en een nieuw bestuur werkt Chauncey hard aan het opstarten van het nieuwe comité.
Ik kan niet wachten tot het comité terug op volle kracht werkt , want mijn tijd dringt om het verzoekschrift voor clementie in te dienen.
Daarom vraag ik u, supporters van over de hele wereld om hulp.

Ik hoorde dat sommigen zeggen dat ik geen advocaten nodig heb. Dat is niet waar. En het is belangrijk dat u weet dat sommigen van mijn advocaten gratis werken, maar hun onkosten moeten door het comité vegoed worden.
En niet al mijn advocaten werken gratis en sommigen zijn duur.

Ik heb ook gehoord dat mensen denken dat mijn beroemde supporters geld schenken aan het comité. Dat doen ze zelden en wanneer ze het doen is het veel minder dan u denkt.

Neen, het feit is dat het steeds supporters zoals u geweest zijn die mijn hoop op vrijheid levend hielden. En nu, meer dan ooit heb ik u nodig.

Maar het gaat niet alleen om fondsen. Ik heb u nodig om President Obama te contacteren.
Mijn leven is in uw handen.
Doe a.u.b wat u kan om de President te overtuigen om me naar huis te laten gaan.
Dank u.

Leonard Peltier
U kan Leonard Peltier ook steunen via NAIS- Actie/steungroep Leonard Peltier, Vlaanderen- België
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