The Chairwoman of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is asking members of Congress for assistance in efforts to protect sacred Snoqualmie Falls.
Chairwoman Carolyn Lubenau testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior this week, updating lawmakers on the City of Snoqualmie’s plans to further develop sacred land adjacent to Snoqualmie Falls, a sacred site for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.
“I am here today to urge you to find a way to protect our hallowed grounds, to save it from inappropriate development,” Lubenau said. “Last year when I testified, it was to try to save our sacred Snoqualmie Falls from a road development that we were unable to stop. This year our sacred burial grounds are being threatened by a large housing development to be developed over the bones of our ancestors.”
The City of Snoqualmie last summer began installing a traffic roundabout on land that for generations has been sacred burial grounds for area Tribes.
Lubenau this week shared with lawmakers an aerial photo of Snoqualmie Falls before development, then an artist’s interpretation of how the area might look after planned development. The artist’s rendition depicts a new housing development, a hotel and convention center built over sacred land.
“My request to you today is that you partner with us in preserving Snoqualmie Falls before development, and the area around the Falls, by helping us to protect the land from further development,” Lubenau told lawmakers. “Please remember this is my Nation’s most sacred ground- our hallowed grounds- and we must protect it.”
Last summer, construction crews unearthed an ancient projectile point at the site, believed to be up to 9,000 years old.
“We invite you to experience this marvelous gift and for you to come to the Falls and feel the healing mists,” Lubenau said. “You will experience a place of immense power- a place as sacred and moving as any site on earth.”
- Chairwoman Lubenau’s testimony, as prepared for delivery, is online HERE
- A recording of Lubenau’s testimony is online HERE
- An interview with Lubenau following her testimony is online HERE