January 01, 2018

The Back Page: A (Belated) Win for Tribes and Fish

Jonathan P. Scoll

From time immemorial, salmon and salmon fishing have been at the heart of the economic, cultural and spiritual life of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest and of their tribal identity. Recognizing this, the treaties Washington territorial governor Isaac Stevens negotiated with tribes in the 1850s secured Indians the right to take fish at “usual and accustomed places, in common with the citizens of the Territory,” outside reservation boundaries.

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