ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 02, 1976
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(Studio) Federal judge rules that 50% of WA's annual fish catch be reserved for Indians who are 1% of Washington fishermen. Some arrested for ignoring judicial order.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Iiwaco, WA) $150 million worth of salmon caught each year in WA. Judge ruled 2 years ago that 1/2 of catch must be harvested by disadvantaged Indians. [WOMAN - says must fight ruling.] Commercial fishing off WA coast banned until July 1 to allow enough salmon into streams where Indians catch fish. Fishing boat operators defy ban. [FISHERMAN - says he'd break law again if he had to.] Some commercial operators sold their boats to the state. Indians say their tribal economy has been helped.
REPORTER: Bill Redeker
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