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posted Friday, March 28 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 13
OPEN LETTER TO PORT OF SEATTLE AND BURKE MUSEUM - ANOTHER OUTRAGE!!
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OPEN LETTER TO PORT OF SEATTLE AND BURKE MUSEUM - ANOTHER OUTRAGE!!

The Burke Museum has been holding Duwamish artifacts claimed by the Port of Seattle. It has come to our attention that the Port of Seattle is giving these Duwamish artifacts to the Muckleshoot and Suquamish Tribes instead of to the Duwamish Tribe, the rightful owner. Why such an unjust decision? It's a guess, but it's certainly not justice. One might guess that it would be because the Duwamish Tribe has not been formally recognized by the Federal Government. We all know the Federal Government of the U.S.A. has a deplorable reputation when it comes to justice for the Indian tribes.

Whether the Federal Government recognizes the Duwamish Tribe as a tribe has little bearing on the truth on whether it is a tribe. They exist, and their existence does not depend on the say-so of the Federal Government. Members of this Duwamish Tribe include the great-great-great-great grandson of Chief Seattle, his great-great great-great grand niece, Cecile Hansen, chairman of the tribe for the last 37 years and many, many blood descendants of the original Duwamish Tribe of Chief Seattle who befriended the original Seattle pioneers.

The justification of non-recognition can hardly be that they did not have a continuous body of land when they were forced to leave Seattle and laws were passed that Duwamish Tribe members could no longer own land in Seattle nor live here. They were promised a reservation but were betrayed again when that promise was broken. Under ordinary law regarding the exchange of property, the contract is invalid when compensation is pledged or promised in exchange for land and compensation is not then delivered. Therefore, on this basis, if justice be done, everyone in Seattle should be paying rent to the Duwamish Tribe.

At one time the area that became Renton was considered as a possible reservation for the Duwamish, but our august pioneers that included Doc Maynard voted it down. That the Port of Seattle is denying the return of Duwamish artifacts to the Duwamish Tribe is ONE MORE OUTRAGE!

J. Glenn Evans
Poet, Novelist and Activist
Seattle

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