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Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe eyes historic status for ancestral site






An aerial view of Tse-whit-zen Village in Washington. Photo from Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington wants Tse-whit-zen Village placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The 2,700-year-old Tse-whit-zen Village is the largest tribal site in the state. It was uncovered in 2003 during a state construction project that led to the reburial of hundreds of ancestors and thousands of artifacts.

“It's something we're really ecstatic about,” Chairwoman Frances Charles told The Peninsula Daily News of the request before the National Park Service. “It means a lot to all the tribal communities. This recognition would give us the protection of our ancestral grave sites down there.”

The tribe will be exhibiting some of the artifacts at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, starting in July.

Get the Story:
Tribe applies to National Register of Historic Places for Tse-whit-zen (The Peninsula Daily News 6/1)
Tse-whit-zen artifacts to be displayed on Peninsula (The Peninsula Daily News 6/1)