Nisqually Tribe throws surprise party for elder

More than 300 people gathered for a surprise birthday party the Nisqually Tribe of Washington held in honor of Blanche Simmons.

Simmons turned 85 on Saturday. A descendant of a Nisqually chief and a Native Hawaiian governor, she is known for always keeping busy, defending tribal treaty rights and her clam chowder.

Three other tribal members are older than Simmons.

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