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Yakama Nation kicks off commemorative relay

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TOPPENISH, Wash. - Members of the Yakama Nation began a two-day relay on Friday from the tribe's Cultural Center to Fort Walla Walla.

The event marks the 30th anniversary of the cultural center and also celebrates the 1855 Treaty. That agreement between the U.S. Government and the tribe traded land for hunting rights.

Yakama Nation member Davis Washines says the treaty was key to the tribe maintaining its heritage through the years.

"It sustains our way of life," he said. "Without all the natural resources, the things that we hold important to our way of life, the food, the water, the land, everything on it."

Runners carrying the Yakama Nation flag will arrive at fort Walla Walla Saturday afternoon.