The Yakama Nation Cultural Center will have a free public talk, documentary screening and discussion about the Nation’s salmon fishing traditions and battle to retain fishing rights granted in the Treaty of 1855 on Tuesday.
The event, titled, “Nch’i-Wàna Núsux: The Fight for Yakama Nation Fishing Rights,” will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Heritage Theater at 100 Spiel-yi Loop in Toppenish, according to information from organizers.
Featured speakers are Emily Washines, an enrolled Yakama Nation tribal member, activist, and poet; Intisar Abioto, a Portland-based photographer; and David Sohappy Jr., a Yakama Nation member whose civil disobedience in the 1960s and ’70s led to a court ruling recognizing fishing rights by state and federal governments.
The documentary “Little White Salmon Indian Settlement” by Harry Dawson will be shown. It details the civil disobedience act of fishing out of the Columbia River out of season by SoHappy and 13 other Yakama Nation members. A court ruling in 1969 affirmed the tribe’s treaty-given fishing rights and became the foundation of contemporary tribal fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest.
The event was made possible through a grant from Humanities Washington. For more information, contact Andrew Engelson at email@example.com or 509-865-2800.