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By Taylor McAvoy
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Activists try to occupy the front steps of the state capitol

Legislative session off to a lively start

 

Taylor McAvoy

Climate protesters at the state capitol

Climate activists erected tents and teepees Monday in front of the Washington State Capitol building, on the opening day of the Legislature's 60-day session.

"We are here today in prayer," member of Protectors of the Salish Sea Paul Che Oketen Wagner of the Saanich First Nation of Canada said.

Wagner claims under the Medicine Creek treaty of 1854, the legislative grounds are native lands. He said the group hoped to occupy the space between the legislative building and the Washington State Supreme Court for the duration of the session.

The climate groups are demanding the government uphold...



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