Judge backs fishing rights for Wenatchi Band
The Wenatchi Band of Washington has fishing rights at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, a federal judge ruled last Tuesday.

The Wenatchi are part of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Judge Garr King said the band retains fishing rights under an 1894 agreement.

The Yakama Nation had won an injunction that prevented the Wenatchi Band from fishing at the hatchery. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2006 lifted the injunction and ordered a trial on the merits.

Get the Story:
Judge rules Wenatchis have fishing rights at Leavenworth (The Wenatchee World 8/16)

9th Circuit Decision:
Yakama Nation v. Confederated Colville Tribes (December 4, 2006)

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