Thad Curtz over at Olyblog covers the Squaxin Island Tribe’s effort to preserve the Deschutes River:

The Olympian just published an editorial about how smoothly and cooperatively all this is going. It turns out that the Squaxins may well not agree. Dickison’s major point is that the state is not in position to grant people permission to use however much water it chooses, because the tribes have rights to some of the water, derived from the rights that the tribes reserved in the treaties and the fact that some of those rights, like their fishing rights, depend on the existence of fish (which depend on the water).