Spokane Rejects Eastern Washington University Archaeology Bid
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Spokane will no longer use Eastern Washington University for archaeological work because of opposition by the Spokane Indian Tribe.
The city council voted to give a two-year, 250-thousand dollar contract to a Montana company, Historical Research Associates of Missoula. Archaeological work is required on construction projects in Spokane.
The tribe says the university improperly identified a dig last year at People's Park, making the site vulnerable to treasure hunters.
A university official disputes the tribe's allegations and says tribal leaders never responded to a written request to discuss the issue.