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AGO 1963 NO. 32 >

Under a treaty entered into in 1855 by the United States government and the Yakima Indians, the Indians were given exclusive fishing right on rivers "running through or bordering said reservation."  A rule or regulation of the department of fisheries purporting to authorize fishing at such places, by nonmembers of the tribe, is invalid and must fall as being in conflict with the supremacy clause of the United States Constitution.