The Forever People win their 160-year legal struggle for a reservation.
Across the Pacific in the US, the long legal struggle over the CowlitzIndian Tribe’s right to a reservation near La Center has finally drawn to a close.
According to The Columbian newspaper, on the 3 April the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from opponents who challenged the tribe’s claim on the land, essentially arguing that a federal mandate was wrongly used to give the tribe a 152-acre plot in 2010.
The decision clears the way for the tribe to open the $510m Ilani Casino Resort on the land at the end of the month.
“This is a triumphant moment for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe because it marks the end of a 160-year journey back to our homeland,” Cowlitz Chairman Bill Iyall wrote in a Facebook post following the decision. “The Cowlitz, the Forever People, are forever home.”