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Bill would clear convictions during ’60s fish-ins

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SEATTLE — Decades after American Indians were arrested for exercising treaty-protected fishing rights during the “Fish Wars,” a proposal in the state Legislature would give those who were jailed a chance to clear their convictions from the record.

During fish-ins and other civil disobedience protests of the 1960s and 1970s, tribal members and others were roughed up, harassed and arrested while asserting their right to fish for salmon in violation of state regulations at the time.

Rep. David Sawyer, a…

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