November 30, 2011
National Native Heritage Month Guest Speaker John Sledd
Location: Sullivan Hall, Room 109
An important discussion by John Sledd on the efforts that are underway to enforce tribes treaty rights. John Sledd, Of Counsel with Kanji & Katzen PLLC, is currently coordinating counsel for the tribes in the "culverts" sub-proceeding of United States v. Washington, which seeks to ensure that habitat protection measures are taken by the State to bring about a rejuvenation of the fisheries on which the Washington tribes have relied for so long. John recently successfully argued the Tribes' motion for partial summary judgment where the Court held that the treaty right to take fish included a right to protect against diminishment of salmon runs as a result of fish passage blocking State culverts.
John is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on a variety of topics in Indian and Tribal law. He is a former Trustee and Chair of the Indian Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association. He was the 2004 recipient of the Pierce-Hickerson award from the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, recognizing outstanding contributions to the advancement and protection of Native American rights.