The Seattle Times ran a pair of editorials praising the state legislature for their recent work to clear the records of treaty rights activists. The Times also points out that we have a lot of work to do to honor the activists’ work in another more important way, protecting and restoring salmon habitat:
Salmon habitat still needs more protection. Resistance persists — the state, for instance, is wrongheadedly appealing a federal judge’s 2013 order that, per the treaties, it must accelerate fixes for 1,000 fish-blocking road culverts.
Still, much progress has been made. Salmon would be in much worse shape today if not for the fish-ins of a half-century ago and the legal safeguards they helped launch.