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Makah grandmothers to walk 330 miles for treaty

Three grandmothers from the Makah Nation 1 of Washington are walking 330 miles to urge state and federal officials to uphold the 1855 Treaty of Neah Bay.

Dotti Chamblin, 65, Gail Adams, 68, and Rhonda Markishtum, 50 start their journey on Wednesday. They will visit the office of Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Washington) in Port Angeles, the federal courthouse in Tacoma, Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) in Olympia and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Portland, Oregon.

"Treaties are the supreme law of the land," Chamblin, a regular at National Congress of American Indians conferences, told The Peninsula Daily News.

Chamblin is part of the Makah Grandmothers group -- "four of us and a man," as she described it.

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Makah grandmothers plan long walk to demand treaty rights be honored (The Peninsula Daily News 9/30)