Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'treaty rights'

Columbia River tribes warn states about fish catch

Tribes with treaty rights on the Columbia River say non-Indians in Washington and Oregon are taking too much of the fish catch. The Columbia River Compact calls for tribal and non-Indian fisherman to take equal amounts of fish. But the...

Editorial: A win-win deal for Skokomish Tribe

"Win-win: That’s the kind of solution we need more of. It’s the kind of solution Tacoma Public Utilities and the Skokomish Indian Tribe appear headed for in their dispute over the Cushman dams. Both sides deserve to win. It’s easy...

Skokomish Tribe nears settlement over dams

The Skokomish Tribe of Washington is near a settlement over two dams that were built on its traditional territory, The Tacoma News Tribune reports. The tribe would receive $12.6 million and 1,140 acres from Tacoma Power in exchange for dropping...

Editorial: State authority over tribal members

"In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court has sent a strong statement that the courts can regulate the conduct of tribal members. It's a welcome decision because it gives judges in the state court system the authority over the...

Court allows limit on Chehalis man's fishing rights

The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday limited the fishing rights of a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation. Gerald Cayenne was convicted in state court for fishing illegally with a net. The incident occurred off the reservation....

Appeals court allows cigarette prosecution despite treaty

Members of the Yakama Nation of Washington can't be prosecuted under a tobacco contraband law but they can face charges for racketeering, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday. In May 2007, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals set precedent...

Puyallup Tribe opposes elk hunting proposal

The Puyallup Tribe of Washington is objecting to the state's proposal to allow elk hunting in its treaty area. The tribe normally hunts about seven elk a year. The state is proposing to allow non-Indians to take an undetermined number...

Makah grandmothers complete 330 walk for treaty

Three grandmothers from the Makah Nation of Washington completed their 330-mile journey to call attention to treaty rights and other issues. Dotti Chamblin, 65, Gail Adams, 68, and Rhonda Markishtum, 50, walked and drove from the reservation to Portland,...

Makah grandmothers to walk 330 miles for treaty

Three grandmothers from the Makah Nation 1 of Washington are walking 330 miles to urge state and federal officials to uphold the 1855 Treaty of Neah Bay. Dotti Chamblin, 65, Gail Adams, 68, and Rhonda Markishtum, 50 start their journey...

Makah men appeal convictions for rogue whale hunt

Two members of the Makah Nation of Washington are challenging their convictions for hunting a gray whale without federal approval. Andy Noel and Wayne Johnson were convicted of one count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. They are serving...

Editorial: Makah whale hunters held accountable

"Five Makah whale hunters, the gang that could not shoot straight, finally ended up before a federal judge as stubborn as they were. Two Makahs were sent to jail and three ended up on probation via a plea deal...

Editorial: Makah Nation works to secure whale hunt

"There’s a right way and a wrong way to secure the Makah Indian tribe’s treaty right to hunt whales. The right way is embodied in a 900-page environmental impact statement the National Marine Fisheries Service has spent three years preparing....

Makah men sentenced for illegal whale hunt

Five members of the Makah Nation of Washington were sentenced on Monday for hunting a whale without a federal permit. Andy Noel and Wayne Johnson were given prison time for violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. They were considered the...

Makah chair denies knowledge of rogue whale hunt

The Makah Nation of Washington didn't know that five tribal members were planning an illegal whale hunt, Chairman Micah McCarty said. McCarty said court documents that suggest the tribal council knew about the September 8, 2007, hunt are incorrect. McCarty...

Makah men face sentencing for illegal whale hunt

Five members of the Makah Nation of Washington who hunted a whale without a federal permit will be sentenced on Monday. Wayne Johnson and Andy Noel pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Federal prosecutors...

Letter: Indian tuition waiver not a treaty right

"The treaties used to legitimize Indian Tuition Waivers do not guarantee a right to free college tuition for tribe members. The Washington Treaty of 1836 provided that the federal government would pay the Ottawa and Chippewa tribes $5,000 per...

Michigan lawmaker seeks to end tribal tuition waiver

A Republican lawmaker in Michigan is trying to end the state's Indian tuition waiver program. The Washington Treaty of 1836 guaranteed an education for tribal members in the state. In 1976, the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Act was passed...

Small crowd for public hearing on Makah whaling

About 50 to 100 people attended the second public hearing on the Makah Nation's whaling plan last night. Only five people gave oral testimony. Three were against whaling and two were for it, The Seattle Post-Intelligence reported. Tribal leaders...

Second public hearing on Makah whaling plan

The second of three public meetings on the Makah Nation's whaling plan takes place tonight in Seattle, Washington. The public is being asked to comment on an environmental impact statement. The EIS identifies six alternatives, including a "no hunt" option...

First public meeting on Makah Nation whaling

The first of three public meetings on the Makah Nation's whaling plan takes place today in Port Angeles, Washington. The public is being asked to comment on an environmental impact statement. The EIS identifies six alternatives, including a "no hunt"...

Opinion: Columbia River tribes sign historic deal

"It was indeed a historic event earlier this month when the Yakama Nation joined with three other Columbia River tribes -- Warm Springs, Umatilla and Colville -- to approve an agreement that, if given a chance, should get salmon restoration...

Column: Let Makah Nation decide on whaling

"The experience of hunting and consuming whale, a sacramental meal associated with ritual, might change over time, as Makah culture changes. Today, in some Protestant congregations grape juice is substituted for wine in the interest of avoiding alcohol. Perhaps some...

Makah Nation disputes story about whaling jury

The Makah Nation of Washington is disputing news accounts about the failure to impanel a jury for the trial of five rogue whale hunters. Two Washington newspapers said a tribal judge was unable to find impartial jurors to try the...

Makah judge defers prosecution of whalers

A judge for the Makah Nation of Washington deferred prosecution of five rogue whalers after she was unable to convene a jury to hear the case. Judge Stanley Myers called more than 200 people to serve as potential jurors. But...

Makah Nation whale hunt up for public comment

The federal government is once again asking the public to comment on the Makah Nation's controversial whale hunt. The tribe is the only one in the U.S. with a treaty-protected right to hunt whales. "The right of taking fish and...

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