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County stops clock on Tract D dispute


Klickitat County Commissioner David Sauter says his recent trip to the nation’s capital has at least stopped the clock on the retrocession petition filed by the Yakama Nation—for the moment.

“It was exhausting, but I felt this was the best of any trip I ever did to Washington, D.C.,” Sauter states. “When I came home, I felt like I had actually accomplished something. That is kind of a rare commodity when you go back there, just because of the bureaucracy.”

At issue is some 99,000 acres in northcentral Klickitat County called Tract D that includes the town of Glenwood. The Yakama filed a petition to retrocede the area to within its reservation boundaries, which alarmed resident...

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