The Fish Wars have been forgotten by history. But when it comes to treaty rights, they mean everything.
As Billy Frank Jr. emptied his salmon net, two game wardens came in swinging. The 14-year-old member of the Nisqually nation struggled as they shoved his face into the mud. That was 1954, and his clashes with the authorities had yet to become routine. But over the course of his life, he would be beaten, tear-gassed and arrested more than 50 times, all for defending his right to fish.
These clashes with law enforcement in the 1960s and 1970s would later become known as the Fish Wars.
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