Native canoes, singers and dancers come to Blaine for Labor Day weekend.
With assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice, Whatcom County Prosecutor David McEachran obtained a warrant to access confidential information on the Red Line Salish Sea (NoDAPL) Facebook page.
Escaped Atlantic salmon from fish farms–and the diseases they carry–are heading for Salish Sea rivers, where they pose a threat to endangered wild Pacific salmon. In an emergency response following the structural collapse of a Cooke Aquaculture net-pen near Cypress Island, Lummi Nation Fisheries has hauled in 200,000 pounds of the escaped salmon.
For background on fish farms in Washington state, read the report by Anne Mosness.
As noted on the Jamestown S’Klallam website, “Hunting, fishing and gathering were some of the rights reserved by Northwest Tribes that signed treaties with the United States in the 1850’s…Reserved rights under the treaties are classified as property rights by the federal courts.”
We haven’t seen an attack on tribal treaty rights like this by the State of Washington in a very long time… [Attorney General] Ferguson has gone out of his way to attempt to undermine our treaties and our way of life…We will fight him with all the strength we have.
—Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians
In an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of tribal sovereignty and cultural resource protection, the Seattle Times editorial board conflates treaty fishing rights of Northwest Indians with undue political influence. Rather than acknowledge the jurisdictional interest pertaining to land and water use affecting salmon reproduction–retained by the tribes in the treaties with the US–the Times board adopts the anti-Indian position promoted by former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, himself known for his inflammatory, racist remarks.
In 1966, a Black entertainer named Dick Gregory went to jail for six months in Olympia WA for supporting Northwest Indians in their fight to keep their treaty-reserved fishing rights. A Puyallup elder recalls Gregory’s sacrifice.