HOOPA, CALIFORNIA – The Hoopa Tribal Council agreed across the table to oppose California’s ballot measure Propostion 1, Governor Jerry Brown’s $7.5 billion water bond.
Danielle Vigil-Masten, Chairwoman of the Hoopa Valley Tribe on the Trinity River, urges people to get out and Vote NO on Prop. 1.
“California – vote NO on California Prop. 1,” Vigil-Masten wrote on Facebook. “This bill will kill the natural ecosystem and rivers and tributaries on the North Coast. This is for money to construct a dam in Maxwell or in that area.”
“There has been no information provided about the damage this can cause to environment as well as to who will receive the benefit. It will also flood SACRED SITES of tribes,” she noted.
“Northern California does not have enough water to supply the State of California – it’s time for people to CONSERVE and use common sense to not build or grow farms where there is NO Water! Vote NO, and Stop this MADNESS! Please share this with everyone you know in the State of California! Water Warriors…..stand up now!” she emphasized.
The Hoopa Valley Tribe joins the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Pulga Rancheria Concow Maidu Indians and a broad coalition of fishing groups, grassroots environmental organizations, family farmers, consumer organizations and one union in opposition to Prop. 1.
Opponents of Proposition 1 say Governor Jerry Brown’s $7.5 billion water bond is an expensive and unfair taxpayer giveaway to special interests, including Big Oil and Big Ag, that won’t solve the drought or help secure California’s water future.
The water bond allocates over $3.6 billion, without oversight by the legislature, to build dams and pay for water transfers for subsidized corporate agribusiness interests growing almonds, pistachios and other crops on toxic, drainage-impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. Prop. 1 with interest will cost CA taxpayers $14.4 billion or $360 million per year for 40 years out of our state’s general fund, money that could be used for other needs like education and healthcare.