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By Elliot Suhr
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Bill seeks resolution for convictions during '60s Fish Wars


Elliot Suhr

Billy Frank Jr., left, and Hank Adams testified at the public hearing for House Bill 2080 on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Both have been longtime leaders in fighting for American Indian  rights.

Nearly half a century after hundreds of American Indians were arrested during the "Fish Wars" 

in the Northwest, a proposed state bill would give those who were convicted a chance to clear their records. 

Along with arrests, American Indians were repeatedly harassed and beaten while trying to exercise their treaty rights to fish, according to Hank Adams, a Sioux-Assiniboine tribal advocate.

"Fish-ins"--illegal encampments modeled after the sit-ins of the civil rights movement--were set up by American Indian fishermen along the shores. The ongoing disputes between American Indians and auth...

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