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Klamath Youth Travel to Brazil to Join Belo Monte Dam Fight
Dan Bacher
Local youth from the Klamath/Trinity River watershed are making plans to travel to Brazil to lend a hand in the fight against the world’s most destructive dam proposal, Belo Monte, according to a news release from the "Klamazon Delegation." This delegation directly links the struggles of members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, Karuk and other tribes to bring down the Klamath Dams and stop the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels with the resistance by indigenous people of the Amazon to the Belo Monte Dam. The "Belo Monte Dam Resistance Delegation" includes indigenous tribes and river activists from Northern California who will travel to Brazil to work with indigenous people in the Xingu basin, the heart of the Amazon, "making a strong bond through mutual efforts to preserve and protect inherited cultures and natural resources from short sighted projects like the Belo Monte Dam," according to the release. According to Mahlija Florendo, a 16 year old Yurok Tribal member who will be going to the Amazon, “Our River is here to give us life, and we were created to keep the river beautiful and healthy. We need to keep every river alive because we cannot live without them. This wonderful delegation, organized by Dania Rose, Hoopa Valley Tribe Member and Klamath Justice Coalition Organizer, and Nat Pennington, Salmon River Restoration Council leader, is one that I wholeheartedly support. The news release and list of fundraisers for the delegation is below. I strongly urge people to support the delegation in any way they can.

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