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Washington State Historical Society: The Boldt Decision at 50

March 30 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Symposium: The Boldt Decision at 50
Saturday, March 30, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Included with museum admission. FREE for WSHS members.
Registration required. Option to purchase a boxed lunch.
On February 12, 1974, US District Court Judge George Boldt rendered what some consider one of the most significant court decisions issued during the twentieth century involving Native rights. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Boldt Decision, WSHS is hosting a symposium exploring the history of this ruling that served as an affirmation of Tribal fishing rights and sovereignty. Guests will also have the rare opportunity to view the 1854 Treaty of Medicine Creek.

10:00 to 11:00 AM: Intergenerational programming exploring traditional salmon stories and the role of fishing for Puget Sound tribes facilitated by the Billy Frank Jr. National Wildlife Refuge.

12:00 to 1:30 PM: Luncheon and lecture featuring state historian John Hughes, which will provide an overview of the Boldt Decision itself and situate the role of Judge George H. Boldt within this broader historical context. Boxed lunches are available to purchase as part of the registration process.

2:00 to 3:30 PM: Panel conversation exploring the Boldt Decision and its legacies for tribal communities. Moderated by Dr. Laurie Arnold of Gonzaga University, this panel conversation will include representatives from the Nisqually Tribe, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and the Squaxin Island Tribe, who will discuss the range of ways that Boldt impacted Tribal life, both positive and negative.

3:30 to 5:00 PM: Informal book signing will allow program participants to connect with panelists and purchase copies of relevant historical scholarship.


March 30
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Washington State Historical Society
(112) 532-7297
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Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, 98402
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