U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., took to the Senate floor today to praise Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, who died this week.
Cantwell focused in part on Inouye’s work on the $162 million Puyallup Land Claims Settlement, in which the Puyallup Tribe of Indians was paid $162 million in exchange for relinquishing claims to land in the port area and downtown Tacoma.
“Together with Congressman Norm Dicks, we had a very difficult situation,” Cantwell said in her floor speech. “The Puyallup Tribe, the Port and City of Tacoma and others all had a difficult dispute going on. The end result was the second largest Native American land claim settlement in U.S. history. And the deal led to tremendous economic growth for the tribe, for the Port, and for the surrounding communities.”
Video of her speech is available at C-Span here.