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Video: Reclaiming the Klamath

Yurok attorney Amy Cordalis leads the tribe into litigation over more water for salmon in the Klamath.

 

The Klamath water crisis has shaped the Yurok Tribe for a generation. Many feel a fierce responsibility for a river that not only carries fish and water, but centuries of stories and struggle. Now Amy Cordalis, a Yurok tribal member and attorney, is leading the tribe’s long-running legal fight for increased water flows in the Klamath.

[RELATED:https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.10/tribal-affairs-how-the-yurok-tribe-is-reclaiming-the-klamath-river]

Read our feature story about how, for the first time, the largest tribe in California has one of its own to lead its legal battles.

Forrest Pound is a documentary filmmaker living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s worked on many short and feature length documentary films, several of which have focused on western water and land use.