For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law


Law Professor, Alumni to Read from Book About Indians, Salmon, and the Columbia River

William RodgersSEATTLE - William Rodgers, Stimson Bullitt Professor of Environmental Law, and co-authors Joseph Dupris ('97) and Kathleen Hill ('94), will read from their book, "The Si'lailo Way: Indians, Salmon, and Law on the Columbia River", at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2006 at the University Book Store.

The book traces more than a century of legal, political, and social battles waged by Columbia River Indians as they fought for the survival of wild salmon and their inherent right to harvest them. Many of the stories focus on Celilo Falls, a place of captivating natural beauty and spirituality that also served as a trade center for tribes throughout the Northwest. Celilo Falls disappeared under the backwaters of The Dalles dam in March of 1957.

The stories are told through the eyes and words of the people, especially the Indian people, who lived through them — from the 1855 Walla Walla Treaty Council proceedings through the fraudulent purchase of the Warm Springs Tribe’s fishing rights (via the so-called Huntington Treaty) to the negotiations and payments made for the flooding of Celilo Falls. Each chapter features the creative (and often highly effective) legal means invoked by the Indians to protect their fisheries and their way of life. Several documents of historical value are reproduced in the appendix.

Professor Rodgers specializes in natural resource law and is recognized as a founder of environmental law.  Dupris, of the Lakota-Cheyenne River Sioux Nation, and Hill, of the Klamath, Modoc, and Paiute Nations, are co-founders of Quail Plume Enterprises.

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