Muckleshoot Tribe drops Sand Point land claim on July 12, 1995.

  • By Patrick McRoberts
  • Posted 1/01/2000
  • Essay 2279

On July 12, 1995, The Seattle Times reports that agreement is near between the Muckleshoot Tribe and the City of Seattle in which the tribe agrees to give up its claim to the 151-acre surplussed naval property at Sand Point, near Warren G. Magnuson Park. In return, the City agrees to help the tribe procure about 80 acres of land near its Auburn, Washington, reservation.

The tribe had put forth a plan in March 1993, to use $11 million to convert the property into a cultural center and park, and argued that the federal government had acted prematurely in negotiating the transfer of the land to the City. The tribe convinced the Bureau of Indian Affairs to advance the proposal.

After negotiations began, the tribe reduced its claim to 85 acres. Further negotiations cleared the way for the City to acquire the land, some or all of which would be added to Magnuson Park.


Tyrone Beason, "Tribe Offers To Give Up Sand Point Claim: Final Accord is Near in Land Deal with City," The Seattle Times, July 12, 1995, p. B-3.

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