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Kitsap County and Waste Management of Washington

Little Boston, WA: (Aug-04-07) Recent developments with the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe have served to revitalize its heritage. And while tribal officials look to their past to rebuild the culture for future generations, several new projects are coming to the forefront that will change the tribe in more modern ways. Economically, the tribe benefited from a recent $2.75 million settlement with Kitsap County and Waste Management of Washington, Inc. The tribe had filed suit against the County and Waste Management over the Hansville Landfill and contamination that spread on to the reservation from the capped dump site. The suit claimed that because of the chemical contamination from the landfill site, over 300 acres of tribal land was rendered unusable. The $2.75 million received as settlement will go toward paying off 390 acres of land the tribe purchased in November 2004 from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. [NORTH KITSAP HERALD: TRIBAL LANDFILL]

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Published on Aug-6-07


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