Snoqualmie Chairwoman to Warn Congress about Irresponsible Development on Sacred Ground

Snoqualmie Falls 2016

Carolyn Lubenau to Testify to Congressional Committee Opposing Desecration of Snoqualmie Falls

Published March 16, 2016

SNOQUALMIE, WASHINGTON – Snoqualmie Tribal Chairwoman Carolyn Lubenau will testify before Congress on Thursday, March 17, to again warn lawmakers about plans for controversial development on ancient burial grounds adjacent to sacred Snoqualmie Falls.

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, along with thousands of supporters, is fighting plans to develop sacred forestland adjacent to the majestic waterfall. Snoqualmie Falls, near Seattle, is a sacred site of creation for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

The City of Snoqualmie is considering a 200-home housing development, a new hotel, shops and a convention center over the burial grounds.

This is Lubenau’s second appearance before Congress in the past year.

In March of 2015, Lubenau asked Congress to help “halt the construction” of a controversial roundabout near the development.  Despite the Tribe’s opposition, construction crews began work on the roundabout several months later.  Even the discovery of an ancient projectile point, estimated to be up to 9,000 years old, didn’t stop bulldozers from plowing over sacred land.

“We also request that you partner with us to ensure that no further development proceeds,” Lubenau told Congress in 2015.  “We will do everything in our power to fight this development and protect our Sacred Snoqualmie Falls.”

What:             Testimony by Snoqualmie Tribal Chairwoman Carolyn Lubenau

U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior & Related Agencies


When:             Thursday, March 17th, 2016

10 a.m. EST / 7 a.m. PST

Where:            B-308 Rayburn House Office Building



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