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Klickitat Co. gets temporary restraining order after fireworks dispute with Yakama Nation

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KLICKITAT COUNTY, WA - On Thursday, June 28, the Yakama Nation's request for a temporary restraining order against Klickitat County was granted. The restraining order was filed against Klickitat County, the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office, the Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Sheriff Bob Songer, and Prosecuting Attorney David Quesnel.

The order is effective for 14 days and prohibits the county from enforcing Washington State's firework laws, RCW 70.77 against members of the Yakama Nation in the boundaries of the Yakama Reservation.

Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer issued "cease and desist" notices on Tuesday, June 26 to Yakama members selling retail fireworks on Yakama trust allotments according to Yakama Nation-issued firework permits. The County's notices threatened the Yakima members with arrest and the seizure of their fireworks inventory for failure to comply with state firework laws. 

After they heard about the cease and desist on Yakama trust property, the Yakama Nation immediately filed an action to defend its sovereign authority to regulate its lands and its Yakama members.

"In granting the Yakama Nation's request for a TRO, the Court affirmed that under federal law, Yakama off-Reservation trust allotments are within the Yakama Nation's territorial jurisdiction," Yakama Nation's press release reads.

The Yakama Nation has regulated and permitted the retail sale of fireworks by Yakama members on Yakama lands.

"We are pleased that the Court recognized and affirmed the Nation's jurisdiction over Yakama trust allotments, regardless of whether they are located within or outside the Yakama Reservation," said Yakama Nation Tribal Council Chairman JoDe Goudy. "Our Yakama Members' firework stands are open. We wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday."

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