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Boldt 40 coverage from the Tulalip News and Indian Country Today

Andrew Gobin from the Tulalip News gives some great coverage of the Boldt 40 event:

Throughout the celebration, an empty chair sat near the front. It was a symbol of all the ancestors of the tribes that fished the Puget Sound, as well as those warriors of the Boldt Decision that have passed on; Guy McMinds, Bernie Gobin, Vernon Lane, and Chet Cayou Sr., to name a few. The importance of this chair is immense. It represents the passing of the torch to the younger generation. The celebration of the Boldt Decision was to remind the younger generation about the importance of the treaty, how hard their elders fought to protect it, and how hard they need to continue to fight for the treaty, for their sovereignty, and for their culture.

Also, Richard Walker, from Indian Country Today:

But Boldt’s ruling, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, did more than affirm Indian fishing rights. It upheld treaties as being supreme over state law, as stated in the U.S. Constitution. It established Treaty Tribes as co-managers of the salmon fishery. And, as Muckleshoot Tribe attorney Alan Stay said, it spawned other actions designed to protect salmon – because if there is no salmon fishery, then the treaty is violated.

Additional Boldt 40 coverage

From the High Country News:

“It was the Boldt Decision that was the lightning strike,” said Western historian and Native American law expert at the University of Colorado Boulder, Charles Wilkinson, who is now writing a book on the decision’s history and legacy. “It wasn’t just getting a fair share of the fish, but they had the right to act as sovereigns. These tribes really did not have working governments, certainly as far as the outside world was concerned. Afterward they set up courts, environmental codes and crack scientific operations – it gave them confidence.”


From the Olympian:

When passionate leaders speak about the issues that matter most to them, their words often transcend the moment. A speech by Billy Frank Jr. at an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Boldt Decision on treaty fishing rights, included a quote of that nature.


Frank said, “You’re the next generation to take the fight on for your culture and your way of life. You’re an Indian, and you gotta be proud — proud of who you are.

From From our Corner:

Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary of a landmark tribal fishing rights ruling by a federal judge that pleased Native Americans and shocked and angered non-Indian fishermen around the Northwest in a polarizing decision that unleashed both celebrations and protests.


Major court opinions rarely carry the name of the judge, but the case U.S. v. Washington is commonly known as the Boldt Decision, after George Hugo Boldt (right), a federal district judge who presided over the case.

Boldt 40 videos are being posted

We’re starting to work our way through the videos from the Boldt 40 celebration last week. So far, we’ve posted videos of Ramona Bennett from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and Leo LaClair and Gilbert King George from the Muckleshoot Tribe.

You can watch Bennett in the window below.

We’ll be adding additional videos throughout the week. You can watch our Vimeo page for more updates.

Eventually, we’ll be posting all of the raw footage to the Tribal Voices Archive page for use by researchers and non-profit filmmakers.