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by the U. S. Department of the Interior's has confirmed that the portion of the along the border of the Skokomish Indian a part of the reservation, Dale Baldwin, Director of the U. S. Bureau of Indian Affairs non-Indians fishing on this portion of the to have tribal fishing permits, according from Baldwin's office. issued in response to a request from the lal Council following the arrest by a tribal 23 of State Game Protector Allen W. on a charge of fishing without a tribal east side of the river which he contended is not issued last week the regional solicitor's Under rules which the U. S. Supreme Court applied to construction of Indian treaties the Order of President U. S. Grant creating the be construed as including the lower the opinion with, George Dysart, Assistant Regional Solicitor who did the research and signed it, the Skokomish Tribal Council at a meeting Monday night decided not to request the U. S. District Attorney in Seattle to prosecute Rasmussen. "The council considered that Rasmussen's action was a demonstration rather than a serious fishing effort," said Council Chairman Theodore Pulsifer. "Should the action be repeated, however, the tribe will take the case to court." Also present at the tribal council meeting were John Weddel of the BIA's Portland office and Paul Clements and William Franke of the Everett office. A copy of the opinion, a 15-page document, was delivered to the office of Governor Dan Evans Tuesday by Dysart. Copies will also be sent the State Game and Fisheries Departments and are available to other interested parties on request, Dysart said. Governor Evans was out of his office all day Wednesday and not available for a statement. The opinion sets forth in detail the Point No Point Treaty negotiations by which the lower Puget Sound tribes, including the Skokomish, peaceably ceded their lands to the United States in return for their reservations, fishing and hunting rights, and other considerations. The opinion is also based on records relating to the original surveys of the reservation boundaries and court decisions on relevant cases involving Indian treaty rights. Some of this material came from the Northwest historical files of the Washington State Library in Olympia which were researched by the regional solicitor's staff. The opinion noted that at the treaty negotiations with Governor Isaac Stevens in 1855 "'the Skokomish Indians were concerned about their source of food and were assured that the treaty gave them a home and secured their fish. They were dependent upon the river for their livelihood and their methods of fishing required that they be able to exercise control over the river." In his release summarizing the high points of the opinion Baldwin stated: "The Supreme Court has repeatedly said that 'treaties with the Indians must be interpreted as they (the Indians) would have understood them.' The reservation was established for the 'use and occupancy' of the Indians and was located at the mouth of the Skokomish River because the Indians used that river as their principal source of fish. "When the executive order described the reservation as 'beginning at the mouth of the Skokomish River; thence up said river' to a described point, the Indians undoubtedly understood that this included the entire width of the river, and Governor Stevens' statements were undoubtedly intended to assure them that they would keep the lower river." The Interior Department opinion said the Skokomish situation was almost identical to one involving waters around the Annette Islands in Alaska which the Supreme Court held were part of that reservation. The Supreme Court said: "'The Indians couldn't sustain themselves from the use of the upland alone. Their use of the adjacent fishing grounds was equally essential... The Indians naturally looked on the fishing grounds as part of the island and proceeded on that theory in soliciting the reservation." The regional solicitor's opinion says that Governor Stevens' assurances could not be "nullified by a design to allow non-Indians to come on to the principal fishing area at that home to remove fish free from the control of the Indians." Thursday, Sept. 2, 1971 Pub~ishe~inShe~t~n~~a~Enteredassec~ndc~as~rnatteratthe~~st~fficeatShe~t~n~~a~9~~84' 24 Pages--3 Sections under act of Mar. 8, 1879. Published weekly, except two issues during week of Thanksgiving, at 85th Year -- Number 35 227 W. Cota. $5 per year in Mason County, $6 elsewhere. 10 Cents Per Copy iF ~i i ..... : !i i/i;i THESE BUSY BEAVERS in Azalee Snyder's first grade class at Evergreen School wasted no time in putting their new crayons to work when Shelton schools opened Wednesday morning. =, center Whitcomb, Justice Court office, Byron McClanahan, county nded by prosecutor, Mark Mitrovich, high and law school teacher, Inn Quest Director Varied Mike Gibson, and other local and residents. the two Law enforcement problems discussed included drug use, Quest is juvenile runaways, unwed major mothers, vagrancy, and high in law school dropouts. That's Sheriff Robinson described Youth the drag problem here in Shelton ounty as typical of that in other the communities. Y.Shelton He was sharply contradicted and by Wendy Erhart,. a recent juvenile graduate of Shelton High School and vohmteer worker at the Inn ost of the Quest. "'l don't think ,the drug been problem here is typical, 1 think it reate theiris much worse than other "We also communities," she said. "And I been of a don't think education is the at the Smith, Jerry ol Board -~ting at, the levy on the ent in was of 34 day high ,438 Crease in last Year crease in Opening answer. Many people !iere have found drugs, and like them." She conceded education could work in fighting the drug problem, but only if it's done through the youth's own peer group. Gibson explained that the founders of the Inn Quest had first talked of establishing the center as a drug clinic, before it evolved into the present youth center. "We're basically looking for the large mass of youth in the middle; the group which is really on the fringe and could go either way in the drug scene," Gibson said. Woods, of the juvenile office, told the assorted group the county faced massive problems with runaway youths and unwed mothers, but felt there was little the Inn Quest could do in stopping the immediate problem. "Runaways, particularly among unhappy juv~enile girls, are probably our biggest problem here in Mason County," Woods said. He said liis office has handled over 100 eases so far this year. i In most cases, lunder the law, his office has no '.choice but to return the dissatisfied juvenile back to the home he originally tried to flee from, he said. Foster homes are very poor in Mason County, headded. Robinson said there was a direct relationship between youths entering the area and the requests by juveniles since the number of burglaries here. The new law went into effect, and idea of a youth hostel was about ten marriage waivers generally approved. However, because of pregnancy this year. Wood added, "I don't see The dropout rate at Shelton is anything wrong with the idea, but about 30 per cent, which is higher people usually don't want to than the national average, hesaid. provide such a service for persons The Inn Quest opened less of a transient nature." than two months ago as a drop-in Wood explained unwed center for Shelton youth. mothers were yet another Operated as a non-profit problem. He said the office had corporation, it's open 6 p.m. to 2 handled 1 2 to 15 abortion a.m. Friday and Saturday. The Mason County Sheriff's Office, juvenile Probation Office and Shelton Police Department will have all men on call this weekend in anticipation of problems, which might develop from this weekend's Satsop River Fair and Tin Cup Races. The Labor Day event, first legal rock festival held in Washington State under terms of music festival legislation passed by the 1 97 1 Legislature, is expected by its promoters to attract3_0:000 participants. The site of the rock festival is across the county line into Grays Harbor County a short distance from the southwest corner of Mason County. The site is about five miles beyond Schafer State Park. Two Mason County roads run to the vicinity of the site, the Lost Lake Road and the Matlock Road. The site is about 28 miles from Shelton on the Lost Lake Road. Sheriff John Robinson said he would have all members of his force on duty this weekend with all days off and vacations cancelled from Wednesday through Monday. He stated he would concentrate as much of his force as practical in the southwest part of the county, and, that if additional help is needed, he can call on outside assistance. His force, Robinson said, will concentrate primarily on traffic control, but, will handle other problems as they come up. Juvenile Probation Officer Gary Wood said temporary juvenile detention facilities will be set up in Grays Harbor county. A straw ballot taken at the Mason County Fair last weekend shows that among the 259 voters who cast ballots, Sen. Henry M. Jackson was far and above all other contenders as their current presidential preference. In the preference for governor, Sen. Martin Durkan was well ahead of all other contenders. Of those who voted, 37 were between 18-20; 27 between 21 and 29;43 between 30 and 39; 38 between 40 and 49; 67 between 50 im.I 65 and 31 65 and older. Of the group, 196 were registered voters and 40 were not. Of these, 154 said they were Democrats, 35 were Republicans, 37 independents and 15 had no party preference. The results of the Democrat presidential preference showed Jackson with 127 votes; Sen. Edward Kennedy with 22; Sen. Edmund Muskie with 21; Sen. Hubert Humphrey with 16; Sen. George McGovern with 11 and Sen. Birch Bayh with 2. On the Republican side, Richard Nixon had 23 votes, with Gov. Ronald Regan 5 and Pete McCloskey 1. Durkan led the Democrat field with 98 votes followed by former Gov. Albert Rosellini with 44, Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman with 40 and State Sen. Fred Dore with 2. On the Republican side, Gov. Dan Evans led with 28 votes, followed by Attorney General Slade Gorton with 3, Secretary of State Lud Kramer with 4 and King County Executive John Spellman with 3. Jackson was the most popular presidential candidate with all age groups although his support was weakest among tlvose under 30 and those over 65. Kennedy was the second most popular with the younger voters, The Shelton City Commission at its meeting Tuesday night voted to take a three-block section of E St. out of a proposed street improvement LID. City Engineer ttoward Godat recommended to the commission that the LID as proposed be approved so bids could be called and the work started as soon as possible. He stated that on the overall project, protests were received from 6.9 per cent of the property affected and that on the E St. section, the protests amounted to 37.7 per cent of the property. Godat stated that according to law, protests must amount to more than 60 per cent of the property affected before a portion of the LID is cancelled. Commissioners Glen Watson Wood and Jerry Seipp, special caseload supervisor in the juvenile office here will be on duty over the weekend. Wood said if additional assistance is needed, probation officers from other counties can be called in to assist. Shelton Police Chief Frank SHELTON CRAFTSMEN are building this huge open-air stage at the site of next weekend's Satsop River Fair and Tin Cup Race, just across the Mason County line in Grays Harbor County. Mickey Westlund and Jeff Haskins, coming in second behind Jackson in the 18-20, 21-29 and 30-39 year old groups. Muskie was in second place in the 40-49 year old group and those over 65 while Humphrey was second choice among the 50-59 year-old group. Durkan likewise was weakest among the young and older voters with those 18-20 preferring Uhlman 10 to 4 with Rosellini polling 5 votes. Among those over 65, Durkan polled 11 votes to ! 0 for Rosellini while Uhlman got 2. Among those 30 to 65, Durkan showed his most strength, polling 20 votes among the 30-39 age group to 7 for Uhlman and 5 for Rosellini; 16 among the 40-49 group with 5 for Rosellini and 2 for Uhlman and 34 among the 50-65 group with Rosellini getting 12 and Uhlman 6. and David Kneeland stated they believed the E St. section should be taken out since there was a higher percentage of protest in that area and the people on that section of the LID were not contacted with a petition before it was included. The petition was signed by the city Park and Recreation Commission. The street on one side borders Callanan Park. Mayor Frank Travis stated he believed the section of street should be left in since the protests did not amount to nearly enough under the law to force cancellation of it. The commission discussed the proposed property trade with the Shelton School District for the old Lincoln Gym site for a site for a new city library building. The commission told Library Board Chairman Frank Maranville investigation showed the triangular piece of watershed property adjoining the site of the new Shelton High School in which the school district is interested was purchased by the Water Department. If this property was involved in the trade, the commission said, the general fund would have to compensate the Water Department for it. The commission stated it appeared the property could be used in the trade if internal problems could be worked out and it appeared they could be. The commission commented that the property was purchased in 1928 and that the city paid $1,000 for about 11 acres. Rains said his department will have all members on stand-by in case they are needed. He stated his department would be available to assist other local departments if necessary and to handle any problems which might develop in the city. plus a crew of fifteen Shelton men, have donated the labor to build the giant platform, which is 60 feet wide by 50 feet deep. The 40-foot towers in the foreground will hold speakers, some of which will measure 16 feet across.