How a Seattle community is supporting a tribe's fight for its existence

The Duwamish tribe isn't recognized by the US government. It doesn't have its own reservation. More than a century of broken treaty promises, discriminatory laws and violence forced many of its people from their ancestral homelands in what is now the Seattle area. Still, the Duwamish continue to exist and fight for their survival. Today, the tribe holds less than an acre of land in West Seattle. That territory, however, is about to get a little bigger after community members raised enough money to purchase a parcel of land that is set to be returned to the tribe.
The repatriation of those three-and-a-half acres will more than quadruple the share of land owned by the Duwamish. While that's nowhere near the 54,000 acres the tribe once inhabited, it's a small, but significant, victory: More land could strengthen the tribe's case in its decades-long fight for federal recognition. "With the repatriation, we then can continue our job as stewards and not have to fight for every inch and every bone that's under a house or under a street or under a warehouse," said Ken Workman, Tribal Council ex-officio member. "We as a people can then take care of the land."
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