United States of America vs. State of Washington

February 2005
Native American Law Digest;Feb2005, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p9
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the reversal of the U.S. District Court's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court related to the lawsuit "United States of America vs. State of Washington." The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the U.S. District Court's decision denying the Samish tribes, motion to reopen a judgment that had denied its members treaty fishing rights on the ground that the tribe had not maintained an organized tribal structure. The court held that because the tribe met the mandatory criteria for recognition, it necessarily met the condition for exercise of treaty rights.


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