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Native Americans are winning at the Supreme Court – with help from Justice Gorsuch

  • November 25, 2021

WASHINGTON – Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch had been on the Supreme Court just over a year when he threw Native Americans a line in a century-old battle over fish.

In the 1850s, the tribes living in what would become Washington state gave up millions of acres of their land in exchange for the right to fish the salmon in the waters around Puget Sound. But culverts the state uses to direct streams under roads prevented salmon from spawning, reducing the species’ population and threatening a way of life.

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