Tribe plans to sue feds over salmon habitat

Swinomish claims state's inaction has caused harm


February 28, 2024

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has notified the federal government it intends to sue for its failure to protect threatened and endangered salmon runs.

In a 15-page document submitted Feb. 22 to the Environmental Protection Agency, National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior, tribal counsel Earthjustice of Seattle claims the federal government has violated two sections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

“The Swinomish people’s way of life and livelihoods, as well as protected Treaty rights, have been disrespected and disregarded...

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