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  1. Tom Landreth says:

    LAKE QUINAULT CLOSURE
    April 14, 2013
    IMPACT ON CITIZENS AND THE LAKE QUINAULT COMMUNITY

    These are my opinions and questions.
    I do not represent any other person or persons with this opinion.

    ARTICLE 8: THE OLYMPIA TREATY, 1856.

    ARTICLE 8. The said tribes and bands acknowledge their dependence on the
    Government of the United States, and promise to be friendly with all citizens thereof,
    and pledge themselves to commit no depredations on the property of such citizens; and
    should any one or more of them violate this pledge, and the fact be satisfactorily proven
    before the agent, the property taken shall be returned, or in default thereof, or if injured
    or destroyed, compensation may be made by the Government out of their annuities. Nor
    will they make war on any other tribe except in self-defence, but will submit all matters
    of difference between them and other Indians to the Government of the United States,
    or its agent, for decision and abide thereby; and if any of the said Indians commit any
    depredations on any other Indians within the Territory, the same rule shall prevail as is
    prescribed in this article in case of depredations against citizens. And the said tribes and
    bands agree not to shelter or conceal offenders against the laws of the United States,
    but to deliver them to the authorities for trial. (Article 8, scanned from the Olympia Treaty of 1856)

    “PLEDGE THEMSELVES TO COMMIT NO DEPREDATIONS ON THE PROPERTY OF SUCH CITIZENS;”

    Depredation is defined as depriving someone of something or robbing something from someone.

    The Questions are many:
    1. Did the closure of Lake Quinault, a navigable waterway, deprive such citizens of their constitutional rights?
    2. Did the settlers, beginning in the 1880’s, have access and usage of the navigable waters of the Quinault River System?
    3. Did the closure of Lake Quinault violate the Oregon Treaty of 1846, 1827 and 1818?
    4. Did the closure of Lake Quinault deprive the State of Washington tax revenue?
    5. Did the closure of Lake Quinault deprive Grays Harbor County tax revenue?
    6. Did the closure of Lake Quinault provide an avenue for the taxpayers to protest property taxes with Grays Harbor County, further reducing the revenues for the county?
    7. Did the closure of Lake Quinault deprive all citizens their Constitutional right of the taking of fish from a navigable waterway?
    8. Did the closure of Lake Quinault deprive the abutting lakeshore property owners the usage of their homesteaded land? (cutting of wood, water usage, boating, swimming, etc.)
    9. Did the citizens disrespect the Quinault Indian Nation?
    10. Did the Quinault Indian Nation disrespect the citizens?
    11. Did the Quinault Indian Nation ban the tribal members from their usual activities, such as fishing, swimming or very loud canoe races?
    12. Does the Quinault Indian Nation demand respect in a letter sent to property owners?
    13. Did the closure of Lake Quinault deprive the local business of tourist income?
    14. Did the Quinault Indian Nation comply with the Lake Quinault Sub Area (1999) agreement with Grays Harbor County?
    15. Does the Quinault Indian Nation have historical evidence of fishing in Lake Quinault and what methods did they use to take fish?
    16. How long does it take to travel up the Quinault River in a canoe to take fish from the lake? (pre-outboard motors)
    17. Does the United States Federal Government support the fish hatchery and fish pens in Lake Quinault with tax dollars?
    18. Does the common citizen have the right to the taking of fish from Lake Quinault paid for with their tax dollars? (Boldt Decision)
    19. Who may harvest Blue-back Salmon?
    20. Are the Quinault Tribal members the only harvesters of Quinault Blue-Back?
    21. What pollution does the fish rearing pens in Lake Quinault emit?
    22. Did the Quinault Indian Nation acknowledge the pollution provided by the admitted septic system contamination in the Quinault Village of Amanda Park? (only non-tribal citizens) (Quinault sub agency report 1999)
    23. Did the demands of the Quinault Indian Nation to remove docks and intrusions in the lake threaten the property owners with legal action if not complied with?
    24. Is the Quinault Indian Nation a subdivision of the State of Washington as stated by President Sharp in the 2009 meeting with Grays Harbor County?
    25. Does a subdivision of the State of Washington abide by Washington State laws and constitution?
    26. Does the Quinault Indian Nation have ownership of the lake water?
    27. Does the Quinault Indian Nation own the lake bed as stated in the opinion letter from Mariel Combs? (Solicitor General)
    28. Did any agency contacted supply the requested ownership document, giving the Quinault Indian Nation ownership of the navigable waterway?
    29. Did the United States Forest Service, Olympic National Park and Grays Harbor County protest the closure of Lake Quinault?
    30. Did the above listed agencies know the citizens would be deprived of their constitutional rights?
    31. Do the above listed agencies have a greater plan to remove the citizens from the Lake Quinault area?
    32. What part does the Wild Olympics play in the decision by the Quinault Indian Nation?
    33. What data supported the reasons given for the closure of the lake by the Quinault Indian Nation?
    34. Was the Quinault Indian Nation willing to meet and discuss their concerns prior to the closure of Lake Quinault?
    35. Did the Quinault Indians transport settlers up the Quinault River for payment?
    36. Did Albert Higley operate a freight company in the 1890’s on Lake Quinault and the Quinault River?
    37. Did Albert Higley homestead land on the south shore of Lake Quinault in 1904?
    38. Did the creation of the Forest Reserve in 1897 take away the homesteaded land?
    39. Did the creation of the Forest Reserve in 1897 provide for the usage of the waters of the Quinault River system?
    40. Did the Forest Reserve encompass the entire lake minus the west end? (West end is reservation boundary)
    41. Did the Quinault Indian Nation admit the reservation boundary ends at the west shore of Lake Quinault? (but encompasses the entire lake)
    42. Did the Quinault Indian Nation protest the destruction of fish habitat by bulldozing in Finley Creek and maybe others to redirect the flow of water by the Olympic National Park? (has been done for many years)
    43. Did Representative Derek Kilmer assist in protecting the Upper Quinault River, per citizens request?
    44. Did the Quinault Indian Nation leadership hurt their credibility with other agencies and local citizens?
    45. Did the Quinault Indian Nation spend 7 to 12 million dollars for the paddle to Quinault?
    46. Could the Quinault Indian Nation have spent the millions of dollars for fish habitat or social programs to protect the elder members of the Quinault Tribe?
    47. Did Fawn Sharp lobby the Federal and State Governments for millions of dollars to provide habitat in the Upper Quinault River in April of 2013?
    48. Does the current Quinault Indian Nation leadership put the best interest of the Quinault people first and foremost when making decisions?
    49. Why do the local businesses in the Lake Quinault area fear retaliation from the Quinault Indian Nation?
    50. Does the overall plan of the Olympic National Park call for the removal of all private land ownership within the Olympic National Park boundary?
    51. Will the Olympic National Park maintain the public roadways set in place by the original homesteaders? (public roadways as platted on the maps will be forever with the public)
    52. Did the tract of land given to the Olympic National Park by the Forest Reserve in 1938 exclude the usage of the navigable waters in Lake Quinault?
    53. Does the Treaty of Olympia, 1856, expressly state or give ownership of water or land under the water?
    54. Did Judge Reinquist state: “If it is not expressly stated in the treaty, they do not get it?”
    55. Does the Treaty of Olympia, 1856, give tract or tracts of land?
    56. Was the original “Taholah” Quinault Indian Reservation surveyed in 1861, by Alleck Smith, accepted by the Quinault Tribe? (12 years until the expansion by President Grant in 1873)
    57. Did the expansion of the Quinault Indian Reservation, by President Grant, expressly state or give ownership of Lake Quinault or the land under the lake to the Quinault Tribe?
    58. Does “Tract of Land” or “Tract of Country” mean water and land under the water?
    59. Does the Timber on the Quinault Indian Reservation provide the main source of income for the Quinault Indian Nation? (Historically)
    60. Do the aerial (Google) maps of the Quinault Indian Reservation show logging activity in the forested lands abutting the reservation, Lake Quinault or the Upper Quinault River which would destroy fish habitat?
    61. Do the aerial maps indicate or show extensive logging within the boundaries of the Quinault Indian Reservation, thereby creating destruction of fish habitat?
    62. Do citizens need to buy a permit to boat in a navigable waterway?
    63. Do citizens need to buy a fishing license from the Quinault Indian Nation to take fish from a navigable waterway?
    64. Did the Quinault Indian Nation violate the Public Trust Doctrine?
    65. Did the Quinault Indian Nation violate the littoral rights of abutting landowners of Lake Quinault?
    66. Have the citizens had access to and usage of the Quinault River system for 150 years or so?
    67. Did the State of Washington issue water rights to resident land owners abutting Lake Quinault?
    68. What document gives the Quinault Indian Nation police power over non-tribal members on or off the Quinault Indian Reservation?
    69. Is patrolling Lake Quinault with armed Quinault law enforcement officers on a very regular basis intimidation and harassment?

    The only subject left to question is the Invasive species.
    1. Is their invasive species in Lake Quinault at the present time?
    2. Was the invasive species concern listed in the closure of Lake Quinault?
    3. Did the Quinault Indian Nation ban all local abutting property owners from placing boats into the Lake Quinault water?
    4. Did the Quinault Indian Nation deny the annual Hobi-Cat races? (sailboats, no motors)
    5. Did the Quinault Indian Nation allow hydro plane races near the fish rearing pens on Lake Quinault in August of 2013?
    6. Did the hydro plane races bring invasive species into Lake Quinault?
    7. Where did the hydro plane boats come from?
    8. Did the hydro plane boats spill fuel into Lake Quinault?
    9. Who operated the hydro plane boats?
    10. Is the invasive species a State wide issue?
    11. Do the local citizens want a polluted lake or invasive species introduced into the lake?
    12. Did the action of closing Lake Quinault to all citizens, except tribal members, respect the rights of the citizens?

    The big Question is:

    Did the Quinault Indian Nation deprive or create depredation upon the common citizens?

    I believe the answer is yes!

    The last question is:

    Are the citizens due damages created by the decision of the Quinault Indian Nation?

    I believe the answer is yes!

    Tom Landreth

  2. Tom Landreth says:

    A BILL
    JUNE 4, 2015
    Mrs. MURRAY introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    ________________________________________
    To designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and scenic rivers, and for other purposes.
    (C) clean water for local communities that rely on the Olympic National Forest as the source for clean and safe drinking water;
    (7) private property rights are central to the United States and the economy of the United States, and it shall be the policy of the United States to encourage, support, and promote the private ownership of property to ensure that the constitutional and other legal rights of private property owners are not abridged by the Federal Government;
    Senator Patty Murray supported the following bill to further remove private land ownership from private property owners?
    This Bill identifies Lake Quinault as a main target to remove land from private ownership.
    What is the driving force behind the need of government to eliminate private property at Lake Quinault?
    Is it the Quinault Tribe?
    Is it the Olympic National Park?
    Is it the aesthetic view from the south shore of Lake Quinault?
    , December 22, 2015, 12:01 a.m.
    In Our View
    By The Herald Editorial Board
    Among the lumps of coal — riders attached to the omnibus spending bill that Congress passed and President Obama signed last week — were a few diamonds, including the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund that expired for the first time in its 50-year history at the end of September.

    , Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, the state’s Democratic representatives and Republican Rep. Dave Reichert — but the program will run again for at least three years and received $450 million for 2016, a boost over its 2015 funding but still half of its intended budget of $900 million.

    In Washington state the program can now distribute nearly $10 million in funding that will fill in gaps along the Pacific Crest Trail to improve safety and public access; protect working forests near Mount St. Helens; protect watershed along the Yakima River to ensure clean water for farms, fisheries and communities; acquire property to protect fisheries and water quality near Lake Quinault in the Olympic National Park; and purchase 165 acres of historic farmland at Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reservation on Whidbey Island.
    The Lake Quinault Community has been in existence since 1888. The land has been taken care of by the landowners. Lake Quinault has not been polluted by the non-tribal residents living around Lake Quinault.
    Fishing has been controlled by the Quinault Indian Nation. Salmon in the Lower Quinault River and Lake Quinault are only harvested by the Quinault Indian Nation. Any reduced fish in the fishery is not due to taking by non-tribal people or habitat.
    Private property owners supply Tax dollars for schools and general government expenses. Work for local contractors in repairs of land, income for local business, misc. things that are done in a community.
    To remove land from private ownership is the death of the community.
    Senator Murray definitely supports death to the Lake Quinault Community and increased taxes on every other land owner in Grays Harbor County.
    Senator Murray has received political donations from the Quinault Indian Nation almost every year she has held the office of Senator.
    Clean water is another claim in the wild Olympics bill. The allowance of fish rearing pens in Lake Quinault is the biggest polluter to the lake. Senator Murray supports the Quinault Indian Nation in all aspects.
    It is time to elect someone to the position of Senator that actually remembers, there are other people in the State of Washington, besides Indian Tribes.
    I think Chris Vance is a good option. Everyone should take a look at what Chris Vance stands for.
    Tom Landreth