KLAMATH TRIBES OF OREGON PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- May 15, 2014
More information contact Klamath Tribal Council at: 541-783-2219
Klamath Tribes May 17, 2014 General Council Meeting Rescheduled for May 31, 2014
Chiloquin, OR- Due to concerns for the safety of Klamath Tribal members and members of the Klamath
Tribes Tribal Council, the Saturday, May 17, 2014 Regular Meeting of the Klamath Tribes General
Council has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10 am. The meeting will take place as
rescheduled, provided that adequate security measures are in place to ensure a safe, open and
productive meeting for those Tribal members who intend to participate.
Regrettably, there have been threats of physical harm, intimidation and harassment (through direct
and phone contact, and through the social media) directed toward individuals on the Klamath Tribes
Tribal Council and toward the Tribal Council as a whole. There has been an active campaign to
organize a hostile takeover of the meeting as evidenced by comments in the social media and a
recent paid advertisement in the Herald and News. Among the threats is a threat to chain, padlock
and block the doors in order to keep the Tribal Council and those attending the meeting there until
action is taken to remove the Chairman, and to overturn the results of a recent referendum approved
by the voting membership of the Klamath Tribes. The actions planned by those organizing the
takeover are a violation of the Constitution of the Klamath Tribes and a violation of the rights of
the individual members of the Klamath Tribes.
It is acknowledged by the Tribal Council that some may believe this action is an over- reaction to
the situation, and has been taken by the Tribal Council to keep the Tribal membership from the
truth, and to prohibit them from exercising their rights to participate in the Tribes’
governmental process. This is not the case. The Klamath Tribal Council is responsible to the entire
membership to ensure meetings are properly conducted according to the “Klamath Tribes Traditional
Meeting Conduct of the General Council,” adopted by the General Council on November 17, 2012. This
code of conduct provides opportunity for all Tribal members to express their views and position on
issues, in a safe environment, without fear of intimidation, harassment, and threats of
In this day and age, all threats of violence and intimidation must be taken seriously.
Unfortunately, this is evidenced by recent shootings and violent acts that have escalated across
the nation, even in Tribal communities. It is a responsibility of the Tribal Council to ensure
adequate protection of the welfare and safety of individual Klamath Tribal members during General
Council and other meetings of the Klamath Tribes.