Elwha learning more about past through findings at graving yard site

PORT ANGELES — As an archeological assessment of the graving yard site is conducted, Lower Elwha Klallam tribal members will learn more about a former waterfront village.

Tribal and state Department of Transportation officials plan to begin a survey next week to determine the extent of Native American remains and artifacts on the 22.4-acre site.

Transportation officials halted construction Aug. 26 after unearthing remains during excavation of the $17 million graving yard.

The graving yard is located on the site of a documented Klallam village which could contain remains and artifacts of all three Klallam bands — Lower Elwha Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam and Port Gamble S’Klallam.

Until the early 1930s, the bands were all one tribe.

After refusing to be relocated, the tribe was divided into three bands and moved to separate reservations.

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The rest of the story is in the Friday/Saturday Peninsula Daily News.

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