King SuckerBarbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

It all started with the sucker fish. The con, that is. I can see it all now. A group of robber barons and their flunkies sitting down at a table and deciding just what ruse they will use to grab all of the water and land in the country, and for Oregon, it’s the sucker.

Yes, the infamous Klamath Basin Sucker Fish. The fish that evidently, needs both high and low water levels, murky and clear water, and an overdose of federal government interference to survive, even though attempts to eradicate it have failed time and time again. It has also, in a recent development, been declared a revered fish and absolutely sacred by the Klamath Tribes, a subsidiary of the U.S. Federal Government, owned and operated by the United Nations.

So, let’s just delve into a bit of this ‘sacred’ fish’s history as told by a longtime resident of the area.

The following is a wondrous tale of the origins of the ‘Sacred Sucker’ in Klamath Basin. As you will soon see, just how ‘cut bait’ turned into a religious icon and an excuse for an Agenda 21 land and water grab is anyone’s guess.

The Highly Treasured “Suckerfish”!

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The highly treasured “suckerfish“, now claimed to have been worshiped since the beginning of time itself, is not indiginous to the Sprague River, Williamson River, or Sycan River areas, according to the story handed down to me by my dad.

Apparently, “the suckerfish” was introduced into the above stated areas from the McKenzie and Williamette Rivers, located in the Williamette valley of Oregon, by my grandad and some of his friends, back during the great depression era.

According to the story, they lived the right to hunt, fish, and gather, along with driving the wild horses just after they were weakened by the green grass, seperating out the foals, breaking them, and selling them to buy their flour, salt, etc.

During that period of their lives, they fished the rivers using “natural baits“. During summer months, worms, grasshoppers, and whatever else made itself available was used, but in the winter months they had to use what they called “cut bait“.

The “cut bait“, was the “suckerfish“.

They traveled, horseback, back and forth across the cascade mountains to Springfield, OR, where grandad also worked his horse team cutting the grass along the hiways and ran a packstring supplying the men building what is called “the scenic route” off the Mckenzie hiway by Three Sisters.

Prior to returning to the Klamath reservation area, they would catch the “suckers”, and place them in steel milk cans, which they hauled on their pack horses across the mountains. The movement of the horses kept the water in the cans aerated, and the cut bait suckers alive. They put the suckers into the tributaries close to where they planned to fish, and in the winter months they would break the ice and gather whatever bait they needed out of the mud, on the bottom.

According to the story, this was the way of things until my grandparents moved permanently to Springfield, OR. Where my dad and his brothers and sister were born.

How the “suckerfish“, a species of fish that could most likely not be exterminated by a nuclear explosion, could be seen by anyone who knows its nature as threatened or endangered is a real bad, and fraudulent joke.

What makes things even worse, is that nobody, unless starving and on their death bed would turn to the sucker for their food; nor, unless they were severly mentally impaired by said condition, would they worship it for any reason what-so-ever.

Even the chairman of the Klamath tribes, several years ago at a televised meeting in Medford, OR. (I believe), said that, “its not the “suckerfish” that needs to be protected but it is the “Mullet”. But, as everyone just ignored him with obvious disrespect. I suppose they wanted a different picture painted in peoples minds.

It is my understanding that the “Mullet” is a sea run fish like the salmon and steelhead are, except they only make runs up the Klamath River, and one other river somewhere in Africa.

As a side note, I have never heard from anyone except U.N.E.S.C.O. agencies and representatives that the “Mullet” was ever worshiped by anyone. All I have ever heard was that the people used to catch them and eat them, and according to my own personal experience, we used to snag them with a treble hook, freeze them and use them for crab bait down on the coast because they were not considered a game fish by the state of Oregon; and, “the Mullet is not a sucker“!

So, it really comes down to whom you choose to believe – an entity that will go to any extreme to control the water, stop all irrigation, drive out small farmers and ranchers, and push free-range cattle to CAFOs all under the guise of ‘returning the land to nature,’ aka – ‘returning the land to the barren desert it will become without water, livestock or humans,’ or someone who has family ties in the area since 1920 and knows from experience what has transpired. You can’t fool someone who was there and has seen each layer of deception applied and cemented as ‘truth’ and ‘fact’ for the general public to scoop up and feed on as their daily bread.

And if you think that this can’t possibly affect you? Think again the next time you hit the grocery store and find that the price of that steak you value so highly has doubled due to the fact that one of the prime areas for free-range cattle grazing near the Oregon/California border has been turned into a desert wasteland, and the hay that comes from the now bankrupt farmers to feed your goats, cows, horses, sheep, and whatever critters you have, no longer exists – gone with the water and life that it gives.

Welcome to Agenda 21, and the re-wilding of America, turning productive farmland into desert wasteland, one sucker at a time.

©2014 Barbara H. Peterson

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