Chiloquin, Oregon- On Monday, January 23, 2017, during her first visit to the area while in office, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, stopped by to visit with the Klamath Tribes of Oregon for an impromptu meet and greet and to discuss opportunities and other concerns of the Klamath Tribes.
Klamath Tribal Chairman Don Gentry commented on the governor’s visit, “As always, we are glad to welcome Governor Brown into our offices and homelands of the Klamath people. She has been a long time advocate for the Tribes of Oregon and we appreciate her work and dedication to our government to government relationship and her past commitment to the Commission on Indian Services. And we congratulate her on her recent election as Oregon Governor.”
Chairman Gentry concluded his speech with a gift presentation from the Klamath Tribes and an honor song in the tribal language.
During her visit Gov. Brown met with Tribal Council, staff, and tribal members at the auditorium in Chiloquin. Discussions were brief by centered around the following topics from the Tribe:
*Water Resource Audit
*Water Protection Resources and allocation
*Healthy families and support for youth in the Oregon Youth Authority system
*State agencies working with the tribes and inadequate resources to fulfill their duties
*US Presidency and expectations for Oregon and Tribes
*Our incumbent responsibility to inform and educate those in office of Tribal Rights and Trust Responsibility
*Possible educational process/travel to Washington D.C. for Oregon Tribes and Oregon Governor
*Redrock Biomass facility and impacts on tribal treaty rights and community
Governor Brown is the 38th and current Governor of Oregon. Brown, a Democrat and an attorney, previously served as Oregon Secretary of State and as majority leader of the Oregon State Senate, where she represented portions of Milwaukie and of Northeast and Southeast Portland. Brown first became governor on February 18, 2015, succeeding John Kitzhaber upon his resignation. Brown is the state’s second female governor, after Barbara Roberts (1991–1995).
The Klamath Tribes was honored by her visit and look forward to continued working relations with the State of Oregon.
Ms. Taylor R. Tupper
Klamath Tribes Public Information/News Dept.
Tribal Administration Office
501 Chiloquin Blvd, or PO Box 436
Chiloquin, Oregon 97624
Phone: 541-783-2219 ext. 147