Washington tribe buys site of sacred rock

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 7 at 10:28 AM

CHIMACUM, Wash.  -- After decades of work, the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe on the Olympic Peninsula has finally purchased the site of a sacred, 150-foot tall rock in Chimacum, and there's an immediate change planned: no more rock climbing.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that the tribe bought the 62 acres around Tamanowas Rock, including the rock itself, for $600,000 last month.

The big, egg-shaped rock was known by Salish people as a place of power and spiritual bonding, and tribes throughout the area would visit it. Leo Gaten, the tribe's governmental policy liaison, says allowing people to keep climbing it would be like allowing them to climb the Sistine Chapel.

The rock, also known as Chimacum Rock, was listed in the Washington Heritage Register in 1976.

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