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.
That's the whole thing. I've talked with the HRA people in Seattle in the past.
Not that that amounts to anything, but I just thought I'd throw that out there to sound all keyed in 'n stuff.