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Meeting scheduled on future of Klallam tribal village

Tribal, state and federal officials are scheduled to meet this week over the Lower Elwha Tribe's request to stop construction at a tribal village in Washington.

Gov. Gary Locke (D) has indicated that work will not continue without the tribe's support. Previously, the state wanted to move forward with construction at the Hood Canal Bridge.

The Tse-whit-sen village is located at a site being used for a dry dock. Hundreds of tribal ancestors and artifacts have been uncovered there. Archaeologists say it is one of the most important finds in the Pacific Northwest.

The village was occupied until the early 1920s.

Get the Story:
Tribe asks state to halt construction at old village site (AP 12/14)
Business groups, citizens weighing in on graving yard controversy (The Peninsula Daily News 12/14)
`Let's do both of them' (The Peninsula Daily News 12/14)

Relevant Links:
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe -

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