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Rights of Salmon Case Brought Against City of Seattle, by Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe Brings First 'Rights of Salmon' Case

Southern Resident orcas, Tribe depend on Skagit River salmon

Case follows Chippewa litigation filed to protect wild rice and treaty rights

Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights
Thomas Linzey, Senior Legal Counsel, Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights,
Censored News
January 11, 2022

DARRINGTON, Washington -- On January 6, the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle. The case, filed by the Tribe on its own behalf and on behalf of Tsuladxw (salmon in the Tribe's language), was filed in Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court.

The Tribe seeks recognition that salmon have inherent rights to "exist, flourish, regenerate…and restoration," and that the Tribe possesses the duty to "protect and save" salmon in the face of continued harm and decline, including from the City of Seattle's dams on the Skagit River.

Navajo Nation reports 242 new COVID cases in one day regardless of high vaccination rate -- January 9, 2022

On Christmas, and during January, Dine' volunteer Mercury Bitsuie, Uncle Andy Dann, family and friends delivered food and water to fellow Navajos. Although the Navajo government received $2 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds in May of 2021, eight months ago, the funds have not yet been distributed to Navajos in need. The Navajo government approved hardship payments in December, but the funds are yet to be distributed. -- Photo courtesy Mercury Bitsuie

Questions remain about COVID vaccine and treatment experiments on Navajos, as new COVID cases total 242 in one day on Sunday

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Jan. 9, 2022

The Navajo Nation has one of the highest rates of vaccinated adults in the US. The New York Times reported that 70 percent of Navajo adults are vaccinated.

Today, in one day, there were 242 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation.

Since March of 2020 and the first outbreak at a church gathering on the Navajo Nation, 1,593 Navajos have died as a result of coronavirus. 

Questions remains about vaccine and plasma treatment experiments 

Johns Hopkins, which headed up the Navajo Nation coronavirus team from the beginning, received $35 million from the US Pentagon to research COVID plasma infusions on Navajos.

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