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By Lou Marzeles

Ekone Ranch actions focus of concerns


White Eagle Memorial Preserve Website

Ekone Ranch sprawls across 1,060 acres around Rock Creek Canyon near Goldendale. The facility is an off-grid, working ranch with horse camps, personal and group retreats, and programs that teach sustainable living skills. It's the site of White Eagle Memorial Preserve, a natural burial ground. Its idyllic image may belie a backstory of what some sources are calling significant ethical and non-profit compliance issues.

The ranch, operating under a 501(c)3 IRS tax-exempt structure called the Sacred Earth Foundation (SEF), bills itself as "A place for children of all ages," and among many people-including its detractors-the organization is recognized as doing a lot of good work. Many of its...

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