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Yakama Nation reclaims village and burial site

The Yakama Nation of Washington is celebrating the acquisition of an ancient village and burial site known as Lyle Point.

The tribe lost the site to non-Indian settlers and to the Bonneville Dam. It was further threatened by a proposed housing development.

With the help of the Trust for Public Land, the tribe bought the land for $2.4 million. "This is a great day for the Yakamas -- to get the land returned back for access to our fishing right areas," Chairwoman Lavina Washines said in a statement.

Get the Story:
The return of Lyle Point to Yakama tribe (The Yakima Herald-Republic 5/15)

Relevant Links:
Trust for Public Land, Tribal Lands program -

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