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SCOTUS Non-Ruling: Tribes And Earthjustice React

U.S. Fish and Wildlife
A Lost River Sucker in the wild.

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision effectively upholding a water-for-fish ruling is being celebrated in some parts of the region.

Farmers sued for money in lieu of water in the case, dating back to 2001, but courts disagreed. And the Supreme Court chose not to hear the case, ending its journey.

The result is seen as a victory for tribes and sensitive fish species. Earthjustice, an organization of environmental lawyers, and tribes and fishing groups are pleased with the decision.

Mike Orcutt from the Hoopa Valley Tribe, Don Gentry from the Klamath Tribes, Sue Noe from the Native American Rights Fund, and Stephanie Tsosie of Earthjustice share their thoughts.

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