Theme
Native Rights
Region
Northwest Coast

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Native Americans protesting against violation of various rights outside the Bureau of Indian Affairs office, 1971

Courtesy Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry

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Stillaguamish chief Frank Allen and Esther Ruth Ross point to an area on map they say belongs to the Stillaguamish tribe. They are planning a fish-in to protest the tribe’s loss of fishing rights on its ancestral lands, 1968.

Courtesy Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry

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Indians being arrested for fishing on the Nisqually River, southwest of Tacoma, Washington, 1962. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Nisqually pursued their fishing rights along the river, which were stated in the Treaty of Medicine Creek but had been ignored. Nisqually tribal members, working with the nearby Puyallup tribe, endured harassment and arrests to fish in their traditional waters.

Courtesy Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry

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Indians fishing along the Nisqually River, 1962

Courtesy Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry