Supreme Court Upholds the Yakama Treaty Right to Travel and Trade

YAKAMA NATION AGENCY, YAKAMA RESERVATION – On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the Supreme Court issued its decision in the matter of Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den, Inc. (No. 16-1498). Treaties with federally recognized Native Nations—like the 1855 Treaty at issue here, constitute federal law that preempts conflicting state law. Continue reading

Historic Native American Voting Rights Legislation Passed in Washington State

March 5, 2019 OLYMPIA, WA – Lawmakers in Olympia passed historic legislation expanding access to democracy with the Native American Voting Rights Act Tuesday afternoon with a final 95 to 3 vote off the House floor. Continue reading

Washington State youth win in Climate Change Lawsuit

In Advance of Paris Climate Talks, Washington Court Recognizes Constitutional and Public Trust Rights and Announces Agency’s Legal Duty to Protect Atmosphere for Present and Future Generations. Continue reading

Native Candidates Win Big in Washington State Elections

On November 3rd, Native American candidates won in several statewide races, included Debora Juarez (Blackfeet) who became the first Native American to win a seat on the Seattle City Council. Continue reading