Judge Boldt ordered the state to take action to limit fishing by non-Indians. The Boldt Decision revolutionized the state fisheries industry and led to violent clashes between tribal and non-tribal fishermen and regulators. Attorney for Western Washington, Stan Pitkin, filed a new complaint against the state of Washington, which was defended by Attorney General (future U. S. It was not up to the state to tell the tribes how to manage something that had always belonged to them. Supreme Court issued an ambiguous decision in 1968 that left the issue unresolved. In 1975, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Boldt's ruling, and on July 2, 1979, the U. S. The trial began on August 27, 1973. Washington followed by nine days the arrest in Tacoma of 60 persons (Native Americans and their supporters) who failed to disperse during a fish-in on the Puyallup River.
Judge Boldt held court six days a week including on the Labor Day holiday. Judge essays. Commercial and sport fishing groups submitted friend-of-the-court briefs opposing treaty fishing rights. This 1970 filing of U. S. Senator) Slade Gorton.
V. Boldt (1903-1984)Courtesy Washington State Secretary of State Actor Marlon Brando and Puyallup tribal leader Bob Satiacum just before Brando's arrest during a fish-in, March 2, 1964Courtesy Seattle Post-Intelligencer Cartoon by Alan Pratt, ca. 1979Courtesy The Seattle Times The Free Encyclopedia of Washington State History Supreme Court largely affirmed it. In 1970, the Nixon administration's U. S.
Forty-nine experts and tribal members testified. Judge Boldt finally held that the government's promise to secure the fisheries for the tribes was central to the treaty-making process and that the tribes had an original right to the fish, which they extended to white settlers. The campaign to reassert Native American fishing rights began in 1964 with fish-ins on the Puyallup River led by Robert Satiacum and Billy Frank, who defied Washington state attempts to regulate their fishing. Local tribes sued to block state regulation, but the U. S. Principles established by the Boldt Decision have since been applied to other resources, including shellfish. United States District Court Judge George H. Western Washington tribes had been assured the right to fish at usual and accustomed grounds and stations by Federal treaties signed in 1854 and 1855, but during the next 50 years Euro-American immigrants -- armed with larger boats, modern technology, and the regulatory muscle of the state -- gradually displaced them.