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Seattle Times: Unearthing Tse-whit-zen Village

The Seattle Times continues its special report this week on the discovery of a major village of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington.

Part 3 focuses on how the state could have gone ahead with construction in an area known to have been the home of a Klallam village. A newspaper report in the 1920s noted the discovery of tribal remains at the very same site.

But no one thought or seemed to care about it. "If anybody had said, 'Do you understand that you are going to spend the next year and a half of your life dealing with the implications and the contents of this site in relation to Native Americans?' you would have said, 'You've come to the wrong party. I don't see any Native Americans here. Are there Native Americans here in Port Angeles?'" Transportation Secretary Doug MacDonald recalled to the paper.

The mistake was a costly one. After spending about $60 million, the state agreed to halt work at the site when the tribe objected. Tribal leaders had earlier signed an agreement to allow work but the discovery of more than 330 ancestors changed their minds.

The Seattle Times website [Link] contains more information, resources and a slideshow about the village.

Get the Story:
"Walking together" meant walking away from project (The Seattle Times 5/24)

Relevant Links:
Tse-Whit-Zen Village News -
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe -

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