The Last Fish War is a gripping recounting of how the Puyallup and Nisqually tribes fought the authorities and a hostile, racist white culture to ensure that Native American fishing rights were preserved. Along the way, celebrities such as Marlon Brando and Dick Gregory come to the tribes’ defense, and a judge makes an historic ruling that leaves one side elated and the other embittered. This is a powerful tale that shows just what it takes to bring about progressive change in a culture that resists that change at every step.
Lawney L. Reyes graduated from the University of Washington in 1959 after attending the Chemawa Indian School near Salem, Oregon. He is the former art director for the Seafirst Corporation and a member of the Seattle Arts Commission. He won numerous awards including The Peace and Friendship Award for contribution to American Indian Art, a Washington Governor’s Award for sculpture and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington. He is the author of White Grizzly Bear’s Legacy: Learning to be Indian, Bernie Whitebear: An Urban Indian’s Quest for Justice and B Street: The Notorious Playground of Coulee Dam. His first book was recognized as being one of the top one hundred books ever published by the University of Washington. His third book, B Street, was the inspiration for the PBS documentary “The Grand Coulee Dam.”
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