An aerial view of the La Push, Washington, home to the Quileute Tribe. Photo: Sam Beebe
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Quileute Tribe starts process to move village to safer ground in Washington





The Quileute Tribe is moving its largest community to higher ground in Washington.

The tribe has begun clearing land for the relocation, KING 5 News reported. The goal is to keep the people in the village of La Push -- including children who attend a Bureau of Indian Education school -- out of a tsunami, earthquake and flood zone along the Pacific Coast.

The project was made possible by the enactment of H.R.1162 in 2012. The law transferred 785 acres within Olympic National Park to the tribe for the new village, a swap that was necessary because no other suitable areas were available.

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The tribe will be moving the Quileute Tribal School, its headquarters and an elder center to the new site. Construction on the new school could begin in the spring of 2018, KING 5 News reported.

The Quileute project was among those selected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs after the Obama administration restarted the school construction program. The program had gone dormant during the George W. Bush era.

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