Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe to receive $2.5M, land

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will receive $2.5 million and land from the state of Washington as part of an agreement to preserve a major Klallam village.

The tribe will receive $500,000 up front and $2 million to develop a cultural center at Tse-whit-zen village. The deal includes 11 acres to rebury more than 300 ancestors who were uncovered at the site.

The cultural center will be located on another portion of land being leased from the state. The artifacts uncovered at the village will be housed there.

Get the Story:
Graving yard deal: $15 million (The Peninsula Daily News 8/15)
Lower Elwha get land to rebury their ancestors (The Seattle Times 8/15)

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee Report:
Review of Port Angeles Graving Dock Project (June 2, 2006)

State Department of Transportation Report:
Hood Canal Bridge Graving Dock (May 2006)

Relevant Links:
Tse-Whit-Zen Village News - http://tse-whit-zen.elwha.nsn.us
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe - http://www.elwha.org
Washington State Department of Transportation - http://www.wsdot.wa.gov

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