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Quileute Tribe, National Park Service in dispute


Negotiations between the Quileute Tribe of Washington and the National Park Service have broken down, prompting the tribe to close a trail to a popular beach.

For the last 40 years, the tribe has been allowing tourists to use its land to get to Second Beach in Olympic National Park. But the tribe says it has never been adequately compensated. The tribe also says the park's boundary conflicts with the reservation's boundary.

The park service proposed a land swap to address the tribe's concerns. But the tribe recently found out that the exchange can't move forward because the land is within a wilderness area.

Get the Story:
Land Dispute Triggers Closing of Coastal Trail (The Kitsap Sun 10/5)
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Quileute tribe closes access to Second Beach in dispute with Olympic National Park (The Peninsula Daily News 10/5)

Relevant Links:
Quileute Tribe, National Resources - http://www.quileutetribe.org
Olympic National Park - http://www.nps.gov/olym