Return of the Buffalo
break I attended an OSU course in the Klamath Basin.
The focus of the class was to learn as much as possible about the water
in the Klamath
students and four
instructors spent an ultra busy week interviewing stake-holders from
The emphasis was on listening and assimilating the information that the
stake-holders shared with the class. The stake-holders came from a
cross-section of people that live in the Klamath Basin.
They included spokespeople from the Klamath tribe, ranchers, business
people, law enforcement personal, OSU
extension service spokes
people, health care professionals, newspaper editors, and
the Hispanic community. The one thing that stood out was that there is
impasse. No individual stake-holder has the power to establish their
concerning the water issue. The Kla-Mo- Ya Casino has given the Klamath Tribe a
base. “The Return Of
the Buffalo” is a phrase used by Native Americans
that refers to the casinos.
Species Act is also a major player in the water issue as this
deals with the C’uamm . It is one of the most powerful
legislation in the United
States. The ranchers are fighting for
livelihoods and are in this for the long haul. After listening to the
stake-holders it seems that the only way through this impasse will be
by mutal co-operation by all parties
communication amongst these groups at the moment is good. All the
realize that unless a viable form of compromise can be reached than
loses. At stake is the future of the children. They are the most
stakeholders in this water issue.