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Washington tribe rejects offer on village site

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington is standing its ground on a historic village where hundreds of ancestors and thousands of artifacts were discovered.

The tribe's decision to protect Tse-whit-zen village led the state to halt work on a major construction project. But two state lawmakers met with Chairwoman Francis Charles to try and change the tribe's mind.

"We just laid it out and said no," Charles told The Peninsula Daily News.

The tribe has endured criticism over its decision but the state has said it won't reopen the matter and is looking for another site to host a graving hard needed for the construction project.

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Lawmakers make one last effort to restart graving yard, but tribe says no (The Peninsula Daily News 3/29)

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