Yakamas sue wineries for using traditional language, culture

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Two Zillah winemakers and a wine labeling company have agreed to stop using names from the Yakama Nation’s traditional language after a lawsuit. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Yakama Nation General Council filed the lawsuit Jan. 21 in U.S. District Court. Named in the lawsuit are Sheridan Vineyard, Dineen Vineyard, Xpress Liquor and Wine, and St. Hilaire Cellars. The tribe filed a motion Monday dismissing Sheridan and Dineen as defendants after they agreed to stop using the names. Xpress Liquor and Wine is accused of selling wine with such labels and St. Hilaire Cellars is accused of making the labels. Calls to those businesses seeking comment weren’t immediately returned.