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For Lummis, fishing is more than a living — it’s a way of life

Crabbing%201Members of Lummi Nation say that for them, fishing is different. Tribal and nontribal fishers alike must keep to the seasons and mind their catch quotas. Still, for most Washington residents, fishing is a privilege granted by the state government, said Jay Julius, a Lummi member who has a seat on the tribe’s council. The tribe, on the other hand, has been fishing for 150 generations, Julius said. “To us, culture is fish and fish is culture,” he said. “It’s more than a privilege, it’s who we are. “It’s in our DNA.” Read the rest here 13:24

Boldt decision on tribal fishing rights maintains rippling effects 40 years later

The court ruling Boldt handed down 40 years ago this week is a decision now recognized as one of the most sweeping documents of economic and social reform in Pacific Northwest history. The central question in United States v. Washington concerned tribal fishing rights, but ripples from the decision went far and wide. Read [email protected]  19:30