If you are interested in learning more about tribal fishing rights in our region, the life of legendary activist Billy Frank, and the 1974 Boldt decision, one of the most sweeping rulings in the history of the Pacific Northwest, grab a copy of Messages From Frank’s Landing, and join us to discuss the broad historical, legal, and social context of Indian fishing rights in our region.
In Messages from Frank’s Landing, Charles Wilkinson explores the broad historical, legal, and social context of Indian fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest, providing a dramatic account of the people and issues involved. He draws on his own decades of experience as a lawyer working with Indian people, and focuses throughout on Billy Frank and the river flowing past Frank’s Landing. In all aspects of Frank’s life as an activist, from legal settlements negotiated over salmon habitats destroyed by hydroelectric plants, to successful negotiations with the U.S. Army for environmental protection of tribal lands, Wilkinson points up the significance of the traditional Indian world view – the powerful and direct legacy of Frank’s father, conveyed through generations of Indian people who have crafted a practical working philosophy and a way of life. Drawing on many hours spent talking and laughing with Billy Frank while canoeing the Nisqually watershed, Wilkinson conveys words of respect and responsibility for the earth we inhabit and for the diverse communities the world encompasses.
The Boldt decision itself makes for interesting reading for anyone really wanting to understand the complexity of the issues involved.
Snacks and beverages will be served.