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January 2014

Karuk: Jerry Brown signs casino deal with Karuk tribe - The new compact allows the Karuk tribe to build and operate a gambling hall with up to 1,500 slot machines on a 10-acre parcel the tribe owns in Yreka, near the Oregon border. The group is also planning an adjacent 80-room, 48,000-square-foot hotel.

Karuk: Tribe casino plans unveiled; public input session open until Dec. 27 - A draft Tribal Environmental Impact Report for a proposed casino in Yreka is ready for public comment, and citizens have until Dec. 27 to make their concerns or questions known. The Karuk Tribe Casino Project is a two-phase construction operation intended to bring a large-scale casino and hotel combination to the Yreka area just off of I-5 on Moonlit Oak Avenue.

October 2013

Karuk-Yurok: A good signal for tribes: Tribes poised to receive $6M grant for broadband project - Members of the Karuk and Yurok tribes are crossing their fingers that the California Public Utilities Commission approves a $6.6 million funding request that would help extend high-speed broadband service to rural northern Humboldt residents.

Karuk: Native Health Program Recruits from Within - Native communities need doctors with the medical and cultural skills to work in Indian Country. "Native Pathways" is recruiting future doctors from the very people the program will serve.

Karuk: Clifford Lyle Hall - Clifford Lyle Hall died September 12th, 2013 at his home in Newport, Or. He was born at his family’s homestead on the Rogue River near Agness, Oregon on May 15, 1917 and was a proud Karuk tribal member. Clifford married the love of his life Dorothy Ann Hall on January 9th, 1938 in Medford, Oregon and spent 74 wonderful years together until her passing last year.

Karuk: Tribal ceremonies celebrate culture, the natural world - Summertime means cultural ceremonies for the Klamath River’s Native American tribes — celebrations of traditions and the natural resources surrounding their communities. The Karuk Tribe’s World Renewal Ceremonies have already begun in areas along the Klamath River.

Karuk: Former Cop is a Smooth Negotiator - During his 21 years as a California Highway Patrol officer, Bob Goodwin eased tensions during traffic accidents, issued verbal warnings and made arrests—all in a calm and cool way. Now, as Tribal relations advisor for the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region, Goodwin is again relying on those valuable people and negotiating skills to build relations between Tribal entities and the federal government.

August 2013

Karuk: Miners seek restraining order on state suction dredge ban - Miners are asking a Siskiyou County Superior Court judge to establish a restraining order on a recently approved emergency regulation that redefined suction dredge mining. State officials proposed the law to close the loophole that “allowed activity that goes against the spirit of the legislative moratorium” at the request from a coalition that includes the Karuk Tribe, Klamath Riverkeeper, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations.

June 2013

Karuk: Rally to thank Sen. Wyden for KBRA support - A May 30 rally in Portland will thank Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., for supporting restoration agreements in the Klamath Basin, and push for congressional action. Craig Tucker, Klamath coordinator for the Karuk Tribe, said supporters need to make their voices heard.

May 2013

Karuk-Klamath: Federal government recommends removing dams from Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California - The federal government on Thursday recommended that all four aging hydroelectric dams be removed from the Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California to help struggling wild salmon runs, and that nearly $1 billion should be spent on environmental restoration.

April 2013

Karuk: Tribe claims victory in suction-dredging lawsuit - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a lawsuit filed against suction dredging miners on the Klamath River, handing a victory to the Karuk tribe, which sued nine years ago to protect coho salmon in the river.

Karuk: Tribal member runs to raise awareness of Klamath River's health - Coho salmon travel astounding distances from the Pacific Ocean up the Klamath River, and one Karuk tribal member has followed suit on dry land to raise awareness about the river’s health. Crispin McAllister, 29, started early March 17 in his hometown of Orleans, running from the Bluff Creek Bridge on Highway 96 and finishing in the town of Happy Camp — 53 miles total.

Karuk: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear gold dredging/endangered species case - A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling ordering the U.S. Forest Service to consult with wildlife agencies prior to granting Notices of Intent to weekend hobbyists using suction dredges to mine for gold in northern California was allowed to stand by the nation’s highest court Monday. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, The New 49’ers, Inc., et al. v. Karuk Tribe of California.

Karuk-Yurok: Made for the Trade - ”Made for the Trade,” an exhibit at the Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka organized by Ron Johnson, Coleen Kelley Marks and Susie Van Kirk, brings together a collection of Karuk, Yurok and Hupa baskets that were created specifically for sale, with the earliest examples from more than 100 years ago.

Klamath-Karuk: Oregon backs Tribes water rights; effect on Lower Klamath Basin unclear - The state of Oregon this week backed the Klamath Tribes' claim to have the oldest water rights in the upper Klamath Basin. Karuk Tribe Klamath Coordinator Craig Tucker said the effect on the lower basin of the Klamath River will depend on how the Klamath Tribes use their water rights.

March 2013

Karuk: Training the Next Generation of Karuk Leadership - Karuk Youth Council members and other students from Orleans, Happy Camp, and Yreka, met in Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 23, to learn how to use technology to help promote healthy lifestyles in the community.

Karuk: Oregon: County Seeks to Back Out of Water Deal - The Klamath County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to withdraw from an agreement that lays out how to share scarce water between fish and farms, control power costs for irrigators, and restore broken down ecosystems. Two other signatories of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, the Karuk Tribe and the Klamath Water Users Association, say the county cannot pull out because the agreement is a binding contract that was just renewed for two more years.

January 2013

Karuk: Ceremonial site gets historic nod; Protections not finalized for site - A Karuk ceremonial site was recently determined to be eligible for federal and historic designation, a move that pleases the tribe but may not offer more than symbolic protection.

December 2012

Karuk: Traditional Burn Plans For Acorns and Basket Materials Foiled by Bureaucratic Road Blocks - This fall was not the year for restoration of traditional Karuk cultural burning. It was also not the year for local Forest Service fire managers who see increased prescribed burning as one answer to the puzzle of worse outbreaks of wildfire nearly every summer. Edicts from higher up the bureaucratic pecking order on both the state and the federal level foiled burn plans on both private and public lands despite careful advance planning and extensive site preparation to prevent the bête noire, the worst nightmare, for every forest manager, a planned fire that escapes.

October 2012

Karuk: Celebrating 20 Years of the Salmon River Restoration Council - If the Salmon River had a mayor, which it does not, it would surely be Petey Brucker. Last week, 250 people, a number probably larger than the local population, gathered in Forks of Salmon on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Salmon River Restoration Council, to honor Brucker and the other founders of SRRC. Ron Reed, cultural biologist with the Karuk Tribe, was one of the speakers. He praised the group for its history of incorporating many of the ideals of traditional land management.

September 2012

Karuk: Tribe Invites UC Researcher to Study Acorns - The ground outside the test plot seemed littered with acorns in every possible condition. Arielle Halpern reached through the foot-deep maze of young tanoak starts and grabbed a handful. Most were dark and many were shattered. Halpern, a researcher from UC Berkeley, selected a few that were bright green, the recently fallen, and revealed small worm holes. Before traditional under-burning of the tanoak stands was outlawed 100 years ago, Karuk tribal members would have lit low intensity fires that would have killed many of the pests—filbert weevils and filbert worms—that thrive in the absence of fire. Halpern’s work is designed to use scientific methodology to test the effects of the absence of the traditional introduced fires in the tanoak stands and the effects of its reintroduction.

Karuk: Tribe offers refuge for Goff Fire evacuees - The Karuk Tribe declared a state of emergency due to mandatory evacuation forced by the Fort Goff fire and offered refuge to evacuees of the fire. According to a press release, the tribe is offering refuge for the residents of Seiad Valley who do not want to travel an additional 90 minutes to Yreka, where an evacuation center has been set up at Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds.

June 2012

Karuk: First Lady Invites Karuk Youth Council to Nation’s Capital - Karuk Councilmember, Crispin McAllister hopes the eight teenagers he led to Washington D.C. earlier this month will be inspired to do great things in their lives and for their communities. “They got to rub shoulders with tribal people who have climbed the ladder—the high ranking staff at the white house,” he said.

Karuk: Ninth Circuit Court Reverses Federal Decision on Suction Dredge - A high-level reversal of a federal court decision about suction dredging and other gold mining practices in Northern California has reinforced the efforts of the Karuk Tribe to protect fish and water quality in the area. The ruling by an 11-judge en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) had violated the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) when it wholesale approved the small mining operations under the 1872 mining law.

Karuk: Shasta River, Once Perfect for Salmon - Coho salmon were once common in the Shasta River but their numbers have plummeted since the construction of Dwinnell Dam. Spring Chinook have disappeared there and fall Chinook populations are also smaller. Klamath Riverkeeper and the Karuk Tribe each have started litigation over the dam.

Karuk: Gaming ordinance approval unacceptable - The review and approval of the Karuk Tribe of California Tribal gaming ordinance without the review of the Sovereign Shasta Nation is not acceptable. The document is flawed with abundant errors and omissions of fact.- Roy Hall Jr., Chairman, Shasta Nation

Karuk: Klamath mining approval violates ESA - On Friday, an En Banc panel of 11 judges of the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco held that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) violated the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) when the agency approved mining operations on the Klamath River and its tributaries. The case was brought by the Karuk Tribe, which initially filed the lawsuit in 2004 in federal court in Oakland.

Karuk: Groundwater study results released - The Karuk Tribe on Friday released the results of a study they say indicates that unregulated groundwater use is a key factor in the decline of the Scott River. The report, entitled “Groundwater Conditions in Scott Valley,” was prepared under contract with the tribe by S. S. Popadopolous and Associates, an international environmental engineering firm. “The results show that as groundwater pumping has increased in Scott Valley over the years, stream flows have decreased.”

May 2012

Karuk: Riverkeeper Files Lawsuit To Protect Shasta River Coho - The Klamath Riverkeeper (KRK) Thursday filed a federal lawsuit over the harm caused to endangered coho salmon by Dwinnell Dam and a series of water diversions operated by Montague Water Conservation District (MWCD) on the Shasta River. The Karuk Tribe also said it would file its own 60-day notice of intent to litigate on the same grounds on Friday, May 18.

Karuk: Riverkeeper files Dwinell lawsuit - Lake Shastina, Calif. — Klamath Riverkeeper (KRK) announced in a press release today that it has filed its lawsuit against the Montague Water Conservation District (MWCD) over its operation of Dwinell Dam on the Shasta River. The release also states that the Karuk Tribe will be joining the lawsuit.

Karuk: Tribe seeks input on economic growth plan - The Karuk Tribe, in collaboration with the Karuk Community Development Corporation (KCDC), is in the process of developing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a recent press release announced. The purpose of this process is to create a guide for economic growth of an area.

Karuk: The Karuk Tribe Emergence - With a new stunning administrative victory in hand, the Karuk Tribe of California is already planning its path to the economic opportunities fueled by casino revenues that many tribes have enjoyed for years but which were denied to it. This week, the Tribe will meet with both City and Siskiyou County officials to discuss its plans for development. If the past is prologue, the tribal success in moving forward is a foregone conclusion. As for the Karuk members, the universal sentiment was summed up in the words of one who told this writer, "This is a happy day!"

Karuk: Tribe sues over suction mining - In response to the potential return of suction dredges to mine for gold in California’s rivers, the state’s Karuk Tribe, salmon fishermen and conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Fish and Game.

April 2012

Karuk: Casino OKed for Yreka - The Karuk Tribe of California announced on Monday that it has received a permit from the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) to operate a casino in the Yreka area.

Karuk: What's real motive for fighting dredging? - While the well-funded lobbying efforts of the Karuk Indian tribe and others continue to perpetrate falsehoods concerning recreational mining in the streams of California, I have to ask a basic question: Why do they expend that kind of money and effort in order to stop the miners from exercising both their rights and their bodies while enjoying themselves?

Karuk: Lawsuit seeks to block return of suction dredges for hobby gold mining in CA rivers - An Indian tribe, conservation groups and salmon fishermen filed a lawsuit challenging the return of suction dredges to mine for gold in California rivers. The lawsuit was filed late Monday in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, Calif., against the California Department of Fish and Game. The lawsuit was the latest development in a long-running battle by the Karuk Tribe on the Klamath River to stop hobby gold miners.

March 2012

Karuk: Tribe has not issued permit to Eagle Peak for asphalt plant - The Karuk Tribe on Friday issued a press release stating that it "has not issued a use permit to Eagle Peak Rock and Paving for the operation of facilities associated with a batch plant located on the Jim Benter Indian Allotment."

Karuk: Crispen King McAllister: Running for a cause - Crispen King McAllister is ready to put some serious miles on his running shoes beginning on Saturday. McAllister, a member of the Karuk Tribal Council, plans to run more than 230 miles through Karuk ancestral territory from Orleans through Happy Camp and on to Yreka and back again starting on Saturday at 4 a.m. for a "Karuk Charity Run."

Karuk: Darvin “Bud” Davis III - Darvin "Bud" Ervin Davis III was born on Jan. 14, 1987 in Crescent City, Calif. On March 1, 2012, he went to be with his creator. He was an enrolled Karuk Tribal member. He was an active member of the native community in Karuk and Yurok territories.

Karuk: Clarke Museum decision puts Native American collection at risk - Russell “Buster” Attebery, Chairman: The Karuk Tribe is writing to express our concern with the recent decision of the Clarke Historical Museum's board of directors to dismiss Director Pam Service, leaving the museum without clear leadership, vision and daily responsibility for museum operations and collections.

Karuk: Clarke Museum decision puts Native American collection at risk - Russell “Buster” Attebery, Chairman, Karuk Tribe: The Karuk Tribe is writing to express our concern with the recent decision of the Clarke Historical Museum's board of directors to dismiss Director Pam Service, leaving the museum without clear leadership, vision and daily responsibility for museum operations and collections.

February 2012

Karuk: STAGE to add routes along Highway 96 - The western Siskiyou County and mid-Klamath communities along Highway 96 are about to become more connected to the rest of the county due to an expansion of services by the Siskiyou Transit and General Express (STAGE). A recent press release from the Karuk Tribe stated, “After a nearly four-year planning and negotiation process, the Karuk Tribe Department of Transportation is pleased to announce that starting Feb. 27, the STAGE will offer expanded bus services to the communities of Somes Bar and Orleans.”

January 2012

Karuk: Klamath draft report released; Thompson: 'The time for Congress to act is now' - A draft report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of the Interior says a landmark agreement to remove dams in the Klamath Basin will restore salmon and sustain irrigation for farmers in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Overall, the report is good news, said Karuk Tribe spokesman Craig Tucker. "It's another affirmation that implementing our agreements is good for fish, good for farms, good for the economy and good for America," Tucker said.

Karuk: Legal guru Fred Grant will speak in Redding; federal 'coordination' to be covered at meetings - Fred Kelly Grant, a property rights attorney and tea party role model who champions a process he calls "coordination" to stymie federal land-use and protected-species decisions, will hold two community discussions Monday in Redding. Grant espouses a theory that federal agencies by law must deal with local governments when revising their public land travel plans or protecting endangered species. S. Craig Tucker, the Klamath campaign coordinator for the Karuk Tribe, a group that supports dam removal, said people should be skeptical of Grant. Tucker said Siskiyou County and others have been charmed into paying Grant, even though his legal theories have no basis in actual law. "I think he is modern snake oil salesmen, essentially," Tucker said.

Karuk: Supervisors issue invite to Karuk leaders - The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to invite the Karuk tribal leadership to meet and discuss the tribe’s Scott Valley groundwater study. "The SVGWAC feels an open discussion with the board and tribe is imperative for understanding the direction and intent of the Karuk tribe's modeling efforts," the letter stated. "This will provide the advisory committee with knowledge needed to supply proper advisements in relation to this topic."

December 2011

Karuk: No injuries in fire at Chuufish Street residence - While the property damage was substantial, no injuries were reported as a result of a fire that broke out Tuesday night at a Chuufish Street residence in the Karuk Tribal Housing community.

Karuk: Tribe Fights to Have Feds Intervene in Mining - A federal agency has shirked its duty under the Endangered Species Act by not consulting on mining in northern California's Klamath National Forest that could harm Coho salmon, the Karuk Tribe claimed at hearing before the full 9th Circuit in San Francisco.

Karuk: Environmentalists control Tribe - The Tribal and non-Tribal communities along the Klamath River have suffered significant population declines in the wake of pro-environmental policies trying to stop logging, gold mining and sawmills.

Karuk: Author writes memoir to heal; Siskiyou County native shares his hope - Speaking by telephone from Minneapolis last week, Cabitto summed up the message of The Fractured Life of 3743 - A Journey to Redemption: "Inspiration," he said. "Inspiring others to seek their own greatness."

Karuk: Open letter to the Bureau of Reclamation - "Eatable" versus edible: short-term problems of dam removal raised as reasons to avoid long-term solution.

Karuk: Stand up against racism

November 2011

Karuk: Aging sagebrush rebel keeps up fight against feds

Karuk: Klamath Basin Economic Restoration Act introduced to Congres

Karuk: Defend Rural America threatened nobody

Karuk: Is government creating violence?

Ararapikva: Traditional Karuk Indian Literature from Northwestern California: Linguists have long marveled at the extraordinary beauty and suppleness of the Karuk Indian language. This bilingual collection includes both literal and free translations. The stories selected are truest to Karuk tone, tempo, and coloration—yet are accessible to outside readers. They get the reader as close as an outsider can get to experiencing Indian literature at its finest.

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