The Olympian: State should make amends for Fish Wars mistakes

The Olympian weighs in on HB 2080:

Although the proposed legislation doesn’t use the word, its passage would constitute an overdue apology to treaty tribal members, such as South Sound legend Billy Frank Jr., who were fighting for their rights.

It’s not a reach to compare the impact Frank and other South Sound activists had on reaffirming tribal treaty fishing rights to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on civil rights or Nelson Mandela’s fight against apartheid. The Fish Wars were related to the larger civil rights movement of the time, drawing wide support from many people, including celebrities such as Marlon Brando.