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California MLPA Process Scapegoats Native Cultures
by Dan Bacher
Tribal activists essentially took over a meeting of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative in Eureka today and demanded an opportunity to speak on the record. For about an hour Native Americans as well as non-native supporters from the North Coast criticized the process and demanded tribal representation on the science panel. As a journalist who has written dozens of articles investigating the conflicts of interests, violation of tribal gathering and fishing rights and privatization of resource management under the MLPA process, I greatly applaud the activists today who exposed the MLPA Initiative for the corrupt fraud that it is! “We asked them to show us the science that indicates that Tribes are to blame for the decline of any single species – they can’t because there is no science behind their decision making,” states Frankie Joe Myers, a Yurok ceremonial leader and member of the Coastal Justice Coalition. While well-funded proponents of the MPLA fiasco claim that the process is "open and transparent," the press release below by the Coastal Justice Coalition shows that contention to be a complete lie.

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