USA, et al v. State of Washington, et al
ORDER denying The Tulalip Tribes' 22442 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by Judge Ricardo S. Martinez.(MW)
Case 2:70-cv-09213-RSM Document 22443 Filed 11/16/21 Page 1 of 2
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, et al.,
SUBPROCEEDING NO. 20-01 RSM
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR
CASE NO. C70-9213 RSM
STATE OF WASHINGTON, et al.,
This matter is before the Court on a motion for reconsideration filed by interested party
the Tulalip Tribes (“Tulalip”). Dkt. #49.1 The motion requests that the Court reconsider or
clarify a single sentence included in its prior order resolving this subproceeding. Id. Specifically,
Tulalip takes issue with the final sentence in the following paragraph:
If Judge Boldt’s U&A determinations are ambiguous or mean something
other than their apparent meaning, the moving party must then “show that there
was no evidence before Judge Boldt that [the responding party] fished [in the
disputed waters] or traveled there in route to” other portions of the responding
party’s U&A. Upper Skagit, 590 F.3d at 1023; see also United States v. Lummi
Nation, 876 F.3d 1004, 1010 (9th Cir. 2017). Conversely, summary judgment in
favor of the responding party is appropriate if it can establish that it fished in or
traveled through the disputed waters.
Dkt. #22,442 in Case No. C70-9213RSM.
“U&A” refers to a tribe’s usual and accustomed fishing grounds and stations.
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Dkt. #47 at 8–9 (underline added). Tulalip maintains that the inclusion of “traveled through”
conflicts with the Boldt Decree’s pronouncement that evidence of travel through waters alone
did not establish that the waters were within a tribe’s U&A. Dkt. #49 at 2. Tulalip maintains
that the inclusion “could lead to increased or additional litigation concerning tribal” U&A
because “some parties might seek to claim that the phrase in question alters the prior rulings of
the Court.” Id. at 1–2.
“Motions for reconsideration are disfavored.” LOCAL RULES W.D. WASH. LCR 7(h)(1).
Consequently, the Court will “ordinarily deny such motions in the absence of a showing of
manifest error in the prior ruling or a showing of new facts or legal authority which could not
have been brought to [the Court’s] attention earlier with reasonable diligence.” Id.
For several reasons, the Court does not agree with Tulalip that modification or
clarification is necessary. First, the Court notes that the sentence does not cite to any legal
authority and does not indicate any intent to modify the Boldt Decree or prior orders of the Court.
Second, Tulalip does not establish that the sentence directly conflicts with any prior orders of
this Court or binding decisions by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Third, and as noted by
Tulalip, the sentence is not implicated by the Court’s resolution of this subproceeding. Fourth,
the sentence was included in the Court’s order resolving subproceeding 19-01 and Tulalip did
not object or seek reconsideration.
Accordingly, and having considered the motion and the remainder of the record, the Court
finds and ORDERS that Tulalip Tribes Motion for Reconsideration (Dkt. #49) is DENIED.
DATED this 16th day of November, 2021.
RICARDO S. MARTINEZ
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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