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Lake Quinault Ownership Affirmed

federal court STANDS BY 2019 RULING THAT AFFIRMED LAKE Quinault IS OWNED BY THE QUINAULT NATION Taholah, WA – The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on January 10, 2020 affirmed the U.S. Court of Federal Claims dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to revoke the ownership of Lake Quinault from the Quinault Indian Nation. The July 24, 2019 dismissal by the Court of Federal Claims affirmed two prior court decisions rejecting the claim that the Quinault Nation has no jurisdiction over the lake. “The court’s decision should mark the end of this misguided challenge to the Nation’s ownership of...

Quinault Nation Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

QUINAULT NATION JOINS LAWSUIT AGAINST EPA ROLLBACK OF CLEAN WATER PROTECTIONS in WA       Taholah, WA – The Quinault Indian Nation on October 1, 2019 filed as an intervenor in the State of Washington’s lawsuit defending clean water standards intended to protect human health and limit the amount of toxic pollution found in fish that are a dietary staple of Quinault Nation tribal members. The Nation’s motion supports the State of Washington’s lawsuit challenging a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reverse 2016 clean water standards intended to reduce releases of persistent toxins such as...

Lake Quinault Case Dismissed

Lawsuit dismissed that sought to revoke the ownership of Lake Quinault from the Quinault Indian Nation A federal judge on July 24, 2019 dismissed a lawsuit that sought to revoke the ownership of Lake Quinault from the Quinault Indian Nation. The judgement affirms two prior court decisions rejecting the claim that the Quinault Nation has no jurisdiction over the lake. “This latest court decision once again affirms our ownership of Lake Quinault and builds on decades of progress asserting the Nation’s exclusive and sovereign right to manage natural resources on our reservation,” said Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp. “Lake...

Culverts Court Case About Indigenous Fishing Rights

One case about replacing culverts in Washington state could end up influencing larger decisions about native rights in places like Bears Ears and Standing Rock. On April 18th, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Washington v. United States, which pits the state of Washington against the U.S. and 21 Indian tribes. The main question in the case is narrow, whether the state must quickly replace hundreds of culverts that allow the flow of water under roads but also block salmon migration. Yet the underlying issue is far broader. At stake in the case is the Supreme...

Quinault Indian Nation Wins … Again

The Washington State Supreme Court today denied a petition for review filed by the landowners in a case in which some landowners sought to take ownership of Lake Quinault away from the Quinault Indian Nation. This means a Court of Appeals decision from January dismissing the landowners’ case stands. “Hopefully, this will end the long odyssey through multiple courts to an end,” said QIN President Fawn Sharp. “There is no question that the Tribe owns the lake. We always have. Now court decision after court decision have upheld our ownership,” she said. In March of 2016, Thurston County Superior...