Treaty rights subject of presentation

SUQUAMISH — Suquamish Tribe Attorney Michelle Hansen will speak about past and ongoing federal court litigation to secure Suquamish treaty rights, Saturday, 3:30 p.m., in the Suquamish Museum’s Lawrence Webster Education Auditorium.

The event is free with general admission. The Suquamish Museum is located at 6861 NE South St., Suquamish. Call 394-8499 for more information.

The historic 1974 U.S. District Court case, United States v. Washington,  reaffirmed the right of Washington Tribes, including the Suquamish Tribe, to act as “co-managers” of salmon restoration and harvesting, alongside the state of Washington.

The case, decided by Judge George Boldt, was upheld in 1975 by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  On July 2, 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court largely affirmed it, with Justice John Paul Stevens delivering the majority opinion.


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