Seattle Human Rights Commission denounces attack on treaty rights of Northwest Tribes by Washington Attorney General, Bob Ferguson.
Most concerning is the racially tinged suggestion that treaty rights undermine democracy…Washington’s litigation stance offends both the treaty rights of Washington’s tribes, and their human rights, guaranteed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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.
Not For Any Price, a new film by Northwest Treaty Tribes, describes the Lummi Nation victory over SSA Marine, Peabody Coal and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
On October 12, the Seattle School Board unanimously approved a resolution calling for the federal government to extend treaty rights and benefits to the Duwamish tribe. The resolution states that the school board’s approval would contribute to “a supportive environment for Native education in Seattle Public Schools.”
With state-mandated Native American history now part of the Washington public schools curricula, it appears that education is a beneficial pathway. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, herself a resident of Seattle, has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to leave a legacy to the Emerald City.
Northwest tribes opposed to oil-by-rail development for fossil fuel export unite, despite differing strategies to protect their treaty rights. Ralph Schwartz reports for Yes! magazine on this conflict between indigenous governments, oil and rail corporations.