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Category: Native Americans
June 2, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Unrecognized tribes: It’s due time for recognition

The Code of Federal Regulations was written by non-Indians, and they were the ones that made the decision that if tribes did not submit paperwork in 1934 requesting Federal recognition based on their regulations and requirements, they were not federally recognized [“Proposed changes may help tribes get federal recognition,” Local News, June 1]. Just…


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May 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Billy Frank Jr.’s death: A member of local tribes’ ‘Greatest Generation’

101707  Billy Frank, Jr., front, a Nisqually, and Randy Kinley, a Lummi, examine DNR culverts near Nooksack, Washington.

Billy Frank Jr., front, examines DNR salmon culverts near Nooksack, Wash., in 2007. Frank, 83, died Monday.(Alan Berner/ The Seattle Times, 2007)

Billy Frank Jr.’s generation of leaders were our transformational leaders [“Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually elder who fought for treaty rights, dies,” The Today File, May 5]. They built the bridges that moved us away from and out of the atrocities of the past to the road to recovery — recovery of our salmon and natural resources, our economies and our people’s mental, physical and emotional health, as well as our sovereignty.

Our Indian leaders and warriors of Billy’s, Joe’s (DelaCruz), Mel’s (Tonasket), Sam’s (Cagey) generation and many others were, and are, our


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February 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Native American heritage: Good news for Daybreak Star

What wonderful news! [“Snoqualmie Tribe donating $150,000 to Daybreak Star Center,” Local News, Feb. 4] I visited the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Seattle’s Discovery Park some years ago and was disappointed to see it struggling then. As a center for Native American art and culture, Daybreak Star has been doing its best…


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January 27, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Native fishing rights: Partner with tribal leaders on the environment

In recognition of The Times’ editorial position in “An overdue apology for Native fishing activistsAnd gratitude for their legacy” [Opinion, Jan. 20], I couldn’t agree with you more: It is about time. Everyone who lives in the Puget Sound region owes tribal fishing-rights activists, past and present, appreciation for their…


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