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By Brendan Relaford
For The Sentinel 

Why does the Yakama Nation get to sell fireworks that are illegal in Washington State?

A federal judge has ruled against Klickitat County’s attempt to prevent the tribe from selling dangerous fireworks in the county


“The past is never dead; it’s not even past,” American writer William Faulkner once said. Events of both the distant and immediate past appeared in the arguments that led to U. S. District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice’s April 24 ruling in favor of the Yakama Nation in a jurisdictional dispute with Klickitat County over fireworks sales.

The distant past showed up in June 2018, when the Yakima Nation filed a complaint against Klickitat County alleging a violation of the Treaty of 1855. Ever since the treaty was ratified in 1859, Yakama Nation has been a federally recognized Indian tribe with the inherent sovereign right to exercise jurisdiction over its enrolled members and its land,...

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