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Yuroks Grant Rights To The Klamath River

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Lawyers and non-lawyers alike have argued for some time now about the rights of non-human entities.  Do animals, for example, have rights? 

The idea of extending rights to nature got a boost recently when the Yurok Tribal Council passed a resolution to extend rights to the Klamath River, which has sustained tribal members for eons.  So now come the questions about what granting rights to a river accomplishes.  Amy Cordalis, the General Counsel for the tribe, visits with details of the action and its intended effects.  She is joined by Geneva Thompson, a tribal law expert. 
 

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