Friday July 22, 2022

KTVL News 10

Citizens of the Klamath Tribes will host a two-day community event, “Rally for the C’waam and Koptu”, highlighting the importance of these endemic fish, also known as the Lost River suckerfish and shortnose suckerfish.

This free event will take place this Friday July 22 and Saturday 23 in Chiloquin with a caravan rally to nearby Klamath Falls on Saturday.

“July 18th, 2022 marks 34 years since the C’waam and Koptu were classified as Endangered Species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Klamath Tribes have not stopped fighting for the survival of our sacred fish,” said a release from the Klamath Tribes.

“These fish were a staple of our ancestors’ diet. They are a first food of the Klamath Tribes. They are important to our physical health, our spiritual wellbeing, and our cultural life,” Tribal Chairman, Clayton Dumont Jr. stated.

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