Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe to recreate village

Despite undergoing a painful ordeal, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington is "rediscovering" its history, Chairwoman Francis Charles said.

A 2,000-year-old Elwha village was uncovered during a state construction project in 2003. Controversy led the state to abandon work but not before more than 300 tribal ancestors were removed from Tse-whit-zen village.

"If our people had the capability and laws we have now, our ancestors never would have allowed that to happen," Charles told The Peninsula Daily News.

The tribe began reburying the remains at the site this week. Charles said the tribe plans to recreate the village and build a cultural center and museum there.

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