ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 21, 1972
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(Studio) Militant American Indian group plans legal attack on United States government Indians want back old treaty rights. Basis for suits comes from information in Indian documents taken recently during BIA takeover.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Frank's Landing, WA) Bill Frank, Nesqually Indian, arrested by WA authorities for fishing. For 20 years violence and court battles over fishing rights on Nesqually River have gone on. Under 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty Indians sold United States millions acres land in return for $32,000, reservations, and rights of Indians to always fish in traditional fishing grounds. WA says Indians must obey Washington fishing regulations when fishing off reservation. [Bill FRANK - says Washington doesn't recognize Indian fishery on river but allows professional fishers to take great amount of fish per wk. to make living.] [WA Department Fisheries spokesperson Henry WENDLER - says state trying to allow everybody to use river.] Indians say state favors commercial fishing industry and sport fishermen.
REPORTER: Ron Miller
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