Washington tribe wants construction stopped

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington has asked the state to stop construction at an historic tribal village where hundreds of ancestors have been discovered.

The tribe has been participating in excavation of the Tse-whit-sen village, occupied until the early 1920s. But "enough is enough," says chairwoman Frances G. Charles.

Tribal, state and federal officials met on Friday for what was described as an emotional meeting. Outgoing Gov. Gary Locke (D) and other state officials said they probably won't move forward with the project without tribal approval.

The state has reportedly spent $50 million so far on the Hood Canal Bridge project. The Tse-whit-sen village is being impacted by a dry dock needed for the bridgework. The tribe is only asking that the dock be moved.

Get the Story:
Tribe's tougher stance stirs new round of talks on graving yard's future (The Peninsula Daily News 12/12)
Lower Elwha Klallam tribe asks Department of Transportation to move graving yard (The Peninsula Daily News 12/12)
Tribe's letter deepens dilemma over project (The Seattle Times 12/12)

Relevant Links:
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe - http://www.elwha.org

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