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Letter: A couple of things

Mary Tanguay Webb re Native American villages

Published on November 17, 2017 12:00AM


Last week, after the Halloween massacre in New York, there was a press conference at One Police Plaza. The governor was there, and the mayor was there, and representatives of the New York Police Department. A lot of people.

Many of them took turns offering condolences, encouraging citizens to be strong, to not be fearful. There was something odd to me about the conference. Then I realized what was wrong. No women were represented. No women spoke. Not one. How could this be?

Decades ago, the traditional fishing villages on the Columbia were flooded out when three dams were built. The tribes were promised that the villages would be rebuilt, and they never were. In 2016, with the encouragement from former President Obama, the feds finally acknowledged that responsibility to the Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla and Nez Perce, and the initial planning began. The Army Corps of Engineers then made a request for the promised $1.6 million that was needed to finish the planning, and was abruptly denied by the administration (read President Donald Trump).

I can still remember going by the old tribal villages when I was a little girl. Sometimes we could get a glimpse of the fishing, and sometimes we saw the very poor conditions the tribal members lived in. There were shacks beside the river that were in shambles. And still, the housing has never been replaced as promised. It was, and is, an outrage against humanity. We are certainly not the greatest nation in the world.

Trump has shown that he has little interest in helping minorities. This is just another example. The feds could easily pay for the next planning of this much-needed tribal housing if Trump would donate the millions of dollars that it costs to fly back and forth to the White House and Mar-A-Lago a few times.

Mary Tanguay Webb

Astoria



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