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WASHINGTON – Deputy Justice Neil Gorsuch had been on the Supreme Court for just over a year when he threw a line at Native Americans in a century-old battle for fish.

In the 1850s, tribes living in what would become Washington State ceded millions of acres of their land in exchange for the right to fish for salmon in the waters around Puget Sound. But the culverts the state uses to direct streams under roads have prevented salmon from spawning, reducing the species’ population and threatening a way of life.

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