Dying for Water: Indians, Politics and Dead Fish
in the Klamath Trinity Basin.

Resource Guide


Merv George, Jr.
Administrator, Klamath River Intertribal Fish and Water Commission

Susan Masten, (Yurok)
Former Yurok Tribal Chairwoman, Former President of National Congress of American Indians, NCAI.

Richard Myers, (Yurok)
Former Yurok Tribal Council member who lives along the Klamath River.

Silis-chi-tawn Jackson (Hupa)
Curator, Hoopa Tribal Musuem
(530) 625.4110

Tony Sylvia, (Yurok)
Local artist that lives along the Klamath River.
May be contacted through the Yurok Tribe (707) 482-1250

Bertha Peters, (Yurok)
Lives along the Klamath River.
May be contacted through the Yurok Tribe’s Weitchpec Office (530) 625-4089

Brian Tripp, (Karuk)
Local artist, writer, and traditional singer.
May be contacted through the Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka.

Melodie George, (Hupa)
Hupa language speaker and teacher at Hoopa High School

Kevin Gover
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior (1997-2000).
Presently teaching at the University of New Mexico.

Ernest Conant
Regional Director, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation.
(916) 978-5100

Robert Franklin
Hydrologist, Hoopa Valley Tribal Fisheries,
(530) 625-4267

Byron Nelson Jr, (Hupa)
Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairman.

Javier Kinney, (Yurok)
Executive Director of the Yurok Tribe,
(707) 482-1350 ext. 1305

Congressman Mike Thompson
Fifth District.

Jim Henderson
Former Water Quality Specialist of the Karuk Tribe.
May be contacted through the Karuk Tribe.

Charles Carpenter, (Hupa)
Ceremonial Participant and owner of “Fish On” rafting and Guiding service.


KIDE Hoopa Tribal Radio Station
91.3 fm, Tribally Owned and Operated Community Radio
PO Box 1220, Hoopa CA 95546, (530) 625.4245

Klamath River Inter-Tribal Fish and Water Commission
The Klamath River Inter-Tribal Fish and Water Commission was formed in 1995 by the federally recognized Hoopa Valley Tribe, Karuk Tribe, Klamath Tribes, and the Yurok Tribe to serve the member Tribes that share common goals of restoring and protecting the Klamath River Basins natural resources. One of the primary goals of the Commission is to enhance inter-tribal and inter-agency communication in all forums relates to Klamath Basin resource management issues.

Friends of the River
Founded in 1973 during the struggle to save the Stanislaus River from New Melones Dam. Following that campaign, the organization grew to become California’s statewide river conservation group. Dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring California’s rivers, streams, and their watersheds. The organization accomplishes its mission by providing public education, citizen activist training and organizing, and expert advocacy to influence public policy decisions on land, water, and energy management issues.

United States Department of Interior / Bureau of Indian Affairs
Houses the Bureau of Indian Affairs which honors the special responsibilities to American Indians and the Bureau of Reclamation which controls and regulates the water sources of the nation.

Scottish Power
An international energy business that generates electricity, operates and maintains large power delivery networks and provides a full range of energy supply services.

One of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, the company merged with Scottish Power in 1999.

Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding Americans’ rights to grow food, own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources. Voice of the Irrigators and their community.


Hoopa Valley Tribe
PO Box 1348, Hoopa, CA 95546, (530) 625.4211

Yurok Tribe
190 Klamath Blvd Klamath, CA 95548, (707) 482-1350

Karuk Tribe
64236 Second Ave, P.O. Box 1016, Happy Camp, CA 96039
(530) 493-1600

The Klamath Tribes
P.O. Box 436, 501 Chiloquin Blvd, Chiloquin, OR 97624
(541) 783-2219

Books and Videos

Freeman House, Totem Salmon.

Krober, A.L., Yurok Myths, University of California Press, 1976.

Salmon on the Backs of Buffalo

Water of These Mountains


Pelicannetwork hosts the Salmon Coalition, with a collection of articles, links, photos and grassroots organizing information. You can join the Salmon Coalition listserve and receive e-mail updates on Klamath River issues daily.

Klamath Basin Tribal Water Quality Work Group website, comprehensive, easy to read background information on Klamath River water quality issues and how to make public comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the dam relicensing process.

Klamath River Information System. Comprehensive index of scientific documents and interactive tools to track water quality trends and to support fishery restoration programs for the Klamath and Trinity Rivers.

The Environmental Protection Agency “Surf Your Watershed” site. The EPA maintains an index of every watershed in the U.S. Find yours here, and lots of useful information about it. The Upper and Lower Klamath Basins are profiled.

Website of the Oregon Natural Resources Commission, an environmental group focusing on the Upper Klamath Basin. Present issues include protection of wildlife refuges and working against the cut-rate power subsidies received by irrigators. The site has a huge collection of press releases, backgrounders and articles.

Pacific Legal Foundation, the well-funded conservative law firm supporting irrigation interests in the Upper Klamath Basin. They work for private property rights, and against government regulation such as that required under the Endangered Species Act.


Klamath River Fish Kill May be Worse than Originally Thought By Don Thompson, The Associated Press

Bush Administration Water Cuts Result In Massive Fish Kill On Klamath River

2002 Fish die-off/kill

How Upper Klamath River Flow Management Harms the Lower Klamath River

The Stand at Klamath Falls, Eyewitness Accounts of Actions at the Headgates and their Impact