LAPUSH, Wash. -- A congressional committee Thursday approved legislation that could move the Quileute Tribe out of a tsunami zone on Washington's coast.
Back in March, the Quileute Tribe, along with Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) asked Congress to move their reservation to higher ground in light of the Japanese tsunami.
The bill was approved by the Senate's Indian Affairs Committee and now moves to the full Senate for a vote.
If approved, the tribe would move their school, daycare, elder center, tribal government offices, and some tribal members' homes to land currently owned by the Olympic National Park.
Their reservation currently only covers about one square mile and is bordered by the park on three sides. Currently, there is only one road that leads out of the reservation to higher ground.