State wants proof of tribal cemetery's significance

The state of Oregon wants two tribes to prove that an area that is home to the gravesite of Old Chief Joseph is archaeologically "significant."

The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho and the Confederated Umatilla Tribes of Oregon are trying to protect the land where the chief is buried. But the state says there isn't enough evidence to provide the site is important even though it is recognized as the start of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail.

The debate affects a 62-acre plot next to Old Chief Joseph's cemetery. Over the objections of the tribes, a developer plans to build housing on the land.

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Tribes, state differ on land's designation (The Wallowa Couny Chieftain 9/29)

Relevant Links:
Nez Perce Tribe - http://www.nezperce.org
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation - http://www.umatilla.nsn.us

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