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California tribe declares climate emergency

Russell "Buster" Attebery, chairman of the Karuk Tribe, talks about the tribe's recent climate emergency declaration. Plus Osage News Editor Shannon Shaw Duty brings us the latest on a major motion picture being filmed in her backyard.

Karuk Tribe Chairman Russell "Buster" Attebery was elected to office in 2019, a year before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. He joins us from Happy Camp, California, to talk about the tribe’s recovery from the pandemic, the latest happenings on the Klamath River and the declaration of a climate emergency.

Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. Her hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, is all the buzz these days as a major motion picture is currently being filmed there. "Killers of the Flower Moon" documents a tragic period in the tribe's history.

(Related: Apple finances ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ film)

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