Salmon People in an Era of Ecological Colonialism

Jul 5, 2018

Klamath River Estuary, Yurok teritory
Credit Wikimedia Commons

“When we call ourselves salmon people, that’s very literal in our purpose to take care of salmon. So that means the river and the forest, and all of these other things that create salmon habitat. So if the salmon aren’t here, I think that’s a very cosmological violence – like striping identity, striping purpose.”

Scott Greacen, Conservation Director for Friends of the Eel River is joined by Kaitlin Reed, Yurok Tribal member and PhD candidate in Native American Studies at UC Davis. Katilin is studying Native American land and water rights, traditional ecological knowledge, and environmental conflict. Her dissertation research explores the impacts of marijuana cultivation on Yurok Tribal lands with a focus on tribal sovereignty and environmental justice.