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By Lou Marzeles

Yakamas move to protect burial ground


The Yakama Nation has issued a cease and desist order to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad company to prevent possible damage to a newly discovered portion of a known burial ground in Klickitat County.

The railway began work on a portion of its right of way along the tracks in the county in mid October, and last week human remains were discovered in earth that had been moved. The tribe has since determined that the remains are of ancestral origin, probably connected to another larger burial ground nearby. The tribe asked that the specific location of the site not be disclosed.

“We had an incident occur last week on the Burlington Northern Railroad right of way,” said Ya...

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