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Friday, February 7, 2014

40 years after Boldt, the fight goes on over fewer and fewer fish

In February 1974, U.S. District Judge George Hugo Boldt, an appointee of President Eisenhower, ruled that local Native Americans were entitled to harvest half the salmon and steelhead returning to the tribes’ traditional fishing waters. The controversial ruling was based on his interpretation of references in 1850s treaties to the phrase “in common with all citizens.”