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Washington, Oregon, 29 tribes sue over plan to move archives

Traffic passes by the National Archives building, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Washington. An...
Traffic passes by the National Archives building, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Washington. An arsonist set a fire outside the building Thursday, leaving some damage to an exterior wall and no injuries. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)(Patrick Semansky | AP)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 6:23 AM AKST
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SEATTLE (AP) - Washington, Oregon and more than two dozen Native American and Alaska Native tribes are suing the federal government to stop the sale of the National Archives building in Seattle.

The sale would force the relocation of millions of invaluable historical records to California and Missouri.

The government is planning to sell the vast warehouse under a law aimed at unloading excess civilian property, but the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Monday says the building is anything but “excess.” It contains irreplaceable documents dating to the 1840s and is used all the time for research about everything from tribal history to Japanese internment during World War II.

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