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Klamath Indian Tribe of Oregon

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The Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin people were driven onto a reservation in 1864, then saw that taken away and turned into a national forest in 1954. In the early 1900s, power companies built dams on the Klamath River, stopping salmon that sustained the tribes since the beginning of time. Then they had to give up harvesting the fish they call C'waam and Qapdo - the Lost River sucker and shortnosed sucker - declared endangered species in 1988. "They come in and take your land, take your language and dig up your artifacts, and now they want the last bit, the water, what we call the blood of Mother Earth," said Dino Hererra, director of the tribal culture office in Chiloquin. "We are continuing to fix a problem we never created." Farmer Rod Blackman bought his seed potatoes in December, secured operating loans and paid rent on fields he hopes to plant along with his own. Without water, it could all turn to dust. The Bureau of Reclamation is in the middle - bound by tradition to serve farmers, by law to protect fish and starving bald eagles, while divvying up water cut in half by a drought.

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