The Fish-in Protests at Franks Landing

A local history lesson.

Historically, the most important civil rights issue for Native Americans in Washington State has been fishing rights. In the 1960s Native Americans successfully defended these rights, which had been reserved for the tribes in a series of treaties with the United States between 1854 and 1855.

While the courtroom battle has been meticulously described in books and articles, the fish-in protests themselves have received less attention and little has been written about the group that created and organized them: the Survival of the American Indian Society (SAIA).

LINK (via: The Civil Rights and Labor Consortium)

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