The Boldt Decision's Impact on Indigenous Rights, 50 Years Later

The landmark 1974 case ordered Washington to uphold its treaties, affirm Indigenous salmon fishing rights and recognize Native nations’ sovereignty


By Nicholas K. Geranios.

Fifty years ago, a federal judge in Western Washington issued a decision that dramatically improved the economic – and legal – prospects of Indigenous nations within the state.

U.S. District Judge George Hugo Boldt rul...

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