The other side of the Boldt story


February 21, 2024

On Feb 13, 2024, the Skagit Valley Herald printed a story titled “Effects of the Boldt Decision Felt 50 Years Later,” showing the same bias Judge Boldt had to begin with in 1974.

Article 5 of the 1855 Point Elliott Treaty had one sentence dealing with fishing rights for Indians. There are twenty-six words in that sentence. The Herald chose to print the first 13 words which states “Tribes reserved the right to fish at usual and accustomed grounds and stations ... .” The last eight words the Herald wouldn’t print say, “... in common with all citizens of the Territory.”

The dictionary says, “in c...

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