If site sacred, why was it neglected?

To all the members of the Tulalip Tribe, and all the taxpayers of the State of Washington whose hard-earned tax dollars are being used to improve Cama Beach State Park:

I, too, am an Original American, but my Tribe/Nation is Blackfeet. My ancestors have not lived on the reservation for many years, and neither do I or my offspring. We’ve managed to make our way in society for many decades.

The purpose of my letter is to ask of the Tulalips essentially the same questions I asked of the Hawaiians 10 years ago when there was a big uproar in the Islands over sites of former Haeiaus (pronounced HAY-yows) that had been holy sites many years ago, but had fallen into such a state of neglect that most sites couldn’t begin to be recognized.

“If the burial site on Cama Beach is so incredibly important to the Tulalip Tribe, how come it was abandoned, forgotten, and completely neglected until now? Where was your great concern before millions of dollars had been spent on Cama Beach State Park to improve it for everyone? Or is this just another ploy to attempt to obtain a very valuable piece of property for free?”

I’m thoroughly disgusted with you supposed blood brothers for your actions in this regard. You’re not acting one bit like the Mongols you are descended from. Those remains can be reburied at a site where they can be properly respected and cared for, like any other cemetery.

And stop this stupid grasping for property that isn’t yours.

Arch Whisman


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