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The Klamath River Is the Lifeblood of the Yurok Tribe

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Guardians of the River, produced by American Rivers and Swiftwater Films, focuses on the hard-won efforts of leaders of the Yuroks. Frankie Joe Myers, vice chair of the tribe; Sammy Gensaw, director of the Ancestral Guard; Barry McCovey, fisheries biologist with the tribe; and members of the Ancestral Guard and Klamath Justice Coalition share why removing four dams across southern Oregon and Northern California is vital to restoring clean water, food sovereignty, and justice for the Klamath River. After decades of advocacy, state officials have signed an agreement for the dams’ removal; scheduled for 2023, it will be the largest such removal project in U.S. history. 

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