Rosemary Cambra, Tribal Chair, at Healing Poles Ceremony, 1997

The Situation Today: As Muwekma Elders are passing, the Muwekma Tribe has yet to advance through the "Recognition Process" for complete restoration. For other tribes it has been a long and difficult ordeal as well. For example, it took the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington 22 years to go through the Recognition Process and the Samish Tribe of Washington waited 25 years, including litigation in Federal Court for 8 years, before they won Federal Recognition. As a result of their litigation, the Federal Courts decided that the Samish Tribe were denied "Due Process" by the Department of the Interior, BIA and BAR.