SNOQUALMIE, Wash. - A Snoqualmie Tribe leader will testify before Congress Thursday in an effort to stop development on what the tribe believes is sacred ground.
The tribe says construction, which is in progress, desecrates what they believe is an ancient burial ground about a quarter-mile from Snoqualmie Falls, where an ancient projectile was discovered.
The city says the traffic circle, called the Tokul roundabout, is needed as a safety improvement for people who visit the falls and to support future development in the area.
The tribe wants to ensure development doesn’t happen on sacred ground.
"What we want is to stop irresponsible development, and developing on the bones of our ancestors is irresponsible,” Lois Sweet Dorman of the Snoqualmie Tribe Council said.
The Army Corps of Engineers says it approved the project after an extensive review and considers the ancient projectile that was found to be an isolated find.
Snoqualmie Chairwoman Carolyn Lubenau is testifying Thursday morning in Washington, D.C.
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