Sauk-Suiattle Tribe loses appeal over Gorge Dam

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ended the year by issuing a ruling in the lawsuit by the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe filed against Seattle City Light and the City of Seattle. The Tribe had argued that the Gorge Dam violated federal law, the federal act establishing the Washington Territory, and subsequently the Washington Constitution.

The District Court had dismissed the case, finding that the Federal Power Act put jurisdiction for any challenges to FERC’s 1995 issuance of a license to SCL to operate the Gorge Dam solely to the federal courts of appeals. The Tribe appealed, and the 9th Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling.


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