March 24, 1990 |
Leaders of the Puyallup Indian Tribe here will join local, state and federal officials today in signing the second largest native land settlement agreement in history. In exchange for relinquishing legal claims to thousands of acres of land owned by non-Indians in and around Tacoma, the tribe will receive $162 million in cash, real estate and economic development programs. Each of the 1,545 Puyallup tribal members over age 21 will receive a cash payment of $20,000 in the next two months.
November 2, 1998 |
Makah tribal police arrested four anti-whaling protesters who entered reservation land during a demonstration over the tribe's planned whale hunt. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society official Lisa Distefano, group photographer Jan Cook of Seattle, and members Matahil Lawson of British Columbia and Ken Nichols of Hawaii were arrested on trespassing charges. All four were released.
September 26, 2000 |
Bowing to oral traditions that establish tribal memories as ancient, the U.S. Interior Department on Monday ruled that modern-day Native Americans have "cultural affiliations" entitling them to custody of the 9,000-year-old Kennewick Man skeleton. The decision places the government squarely at odds with scientists who argue that the remains--which could provide important clues about where the earliest North Americans came from--should be available for further study.
January 14, 2000 |
He was probably only a teenager when he got hit with the sharpened stone arrowhead, which struck him so hard it buried itself in his hipbone. But he managed to get away from his attacker, and lived to what was a distinguished old age of 45, maybe 50. The now-fabled Kennewick Man, whose bones were found in 1996 on the banks of the Columbia River, "turned out to be one tough hunter-gatherer," said Francis McManamon, consulting archeologist for the National Park Service.
April 6, 1999 |
In a victory for Washington tribes, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday affirmed their right to harvest shellfish on private beaches. The decision stunned private property owners. The court rejected without comment an appeal of a lower-court ruling that upheld the tribes' shellfish rights. State officials, shellfish growers and private property owners had challenged the decision, contending that Indians' 19th-century treaties give them no legal claim to shellfish on private property.
May 12, 1999 |
Bad weather, fatigue and the threat of a protest brought the Makah's whaling crew back to shore on Tuesday with no whale in tow. Accompanied by a support boat and a small flotilla of media, Coast Guard and protest vessels, the Indian tribe's crew launched its carved cedar canoe from a Pacific beach early Tuesday in hopes of intercepting a whale migrating from Mexico to the summer feeding grounds off Alaska.