YUROK TRIBE

Salmon People in an Era of Ecological Colonialism

Jul 5, 2018
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“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.

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Danielle Orr shares her engaging discussion with Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribe, about restorative justice and the Tribal Court system.

By addressing the root causes of crime, they are modeling restorative systems that are working. Mainstream courts across the country are beginning to take notice.


California WaterBlog

On this week's Food For Thought, Jennifer Bell continues the discussion about traditional Tribal foods with Yurok basketweaver Lena Hurd.

From baynuts and seaweed to the abundance in the rivers, Lena shares the harvest from Yurok Country.


Victory in Court for Klamath Salmon

May 3, 2018
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"Rivers carry more than just water – they also carry sediment which is very important to a river’s function and its ability to naturally regulate itself from diseases."

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“It’s a real mix of linguists and community activists, scholars and academics and community folks coming together to talk about issues that are important to us," explains Paula Tripp-Allen with the Native American Center For Academic Excellence (ITEPP). The California Indian Conference and California Big Time & Social Gathering takes place  in the HSU Forbes Complex on April 7th. 

Live Your Language Alliance

In many ways, language expresses worldview.

Leo Canez introduces us to the meaning and useage of 'Ayekwee' (Oyekwee) in the Yurok language.


This fall, the number of chinook salmon making their way from the ocean up the Klamath River in the far northwest corner of California is the lowest on record. That’s devastating news for the Yurok tribe, which has lived along and fished the Klamath for centuries. Salmon is integral to their entire culture and way of life, essential to Yurok ceremonies, for food, and for income.

Cousins Erika Chavez and Jerome Nick Jr. both work for the Yurok Tribal Fisheries Department, and they’re patrolling the Klamath where the river flows into the Pacific Ocean.

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A new College of the Redwoods exhibit is a chance for visitors to view some of a historic collection the college purchased  nearly 40 years ago. 

As the Yurok Tribe works to reacquire its land base, it's partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to advance ecological and cultural goals. Tim Hayden, the Yurok Tribe's Natural Resource Division Lead, and Jon Shulz of the Natural Resources Conservation Service talk to EPIC's Tom Wheeler about the tribe's conservation efforts. 


Rios to Rivers Connects Youth From Klamath and Patagonia

Jul 25, 2017

Ríos to Rivers has a new exchange between young people of the Klamath River Basin and the Río Baker in Patagonia, Chile.  Through cultural exchange and place-based experiences, young people are educated and empowered to become the next generation of river stewards. 


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"Returning the California condor to the Pacific Northwest is part of the YurokTribe’s obligation to heal the world," says the Tribe's website.

Since 2003, the Yurok Tribe has endeavored to bring one of California's most iconic birds back to the North Coast. 

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"We think there are some issues with the decision ... that could be easily reversible under a Trump administration," says Pete Nichols of Waterkeeper Alliance.

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Hupa Tribal member Nah-Tes Jackson  and  Klamath Riverkeeper Konrad Fisher talk to KHSU from Standing Rock about water rights and the water protectors.


On this week's North Coast Update, Lupe Gutierrez and Susan Andrews report on a new grant to be used by the Yurok Tribe to preserve the Yurok language.

The money will be used to teach the language, as well as training Yurok speakers to educate others. 

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