From the Pacific Ocean to Chiloquin, Oregon.
Hoopa, Yurok, Karuk, and Klamath Tribes Participate.
Chiloquin, OR.- On May 29, 2015, runners gathered at the mouth of the Klamath River, where it meets the Pacific Ocean, which started a four-day journey that ended June 1, 2015 at the Old Sprague River Dam site in Chiloquin, Oregon. The entire run distance was approximately 260 miles. The Annual Salmon Run, which follows the salmon spawning path up the Klamath River, has been organized by the Karuk, Yurok and Hoopa tribes for the past several years. After discussions with the lower river tribes, the Klamath Tribes started preparations in April to participate for the 1st time. The previous salmon runs ended at Iron Gate Dam. This year, to symbolize the fish completing their journey into the Basin’s upper reaches, runners made their the way to Chiloquin to spiritually commemorate the salmon and the route they have been cut off from. The Dams (Iron Gate, Copco 1, Copco 2, and JC Boyle) were built without fish ladders, and therefore Salmon have not been in the Klamath Basin for almost 100 years. This was a spiritual journey to remind the public that Dam Removal is necessary for Treaty Rights.
According to Craig Tucker, the Karuk Tribe Klamath coordinator, runners swelled to 100 or more when the runners passed through cities and towns along the route. He said in Orleans, Calif., dozens of children greet the runners and jog with them. “It’s like a parade,” he said. Following the run, a huge Salmon feed was held at the Chiloquin Community Center and Salmon was baked traditional style, compliments of the lower river Tribes. All in all, it was a blessed day. Thank you to everyone who helped and participated. Hope to see you next year!
*Some pictures below of the journey