Umatilla County

Army Corps of Engineers plans to replace homes lost in 1957 near The Dalles Dam

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Army Corps of Engineers is looking for ways to replace homes that were destroyed when The Dalles Dam was built in 1957.

   The Corps has dedicated $1.56 million to create a project plan and has requested another $1.49 million from Congress to help get the project underway.

   A recent study by the Corps found that 85 tribal families who lost their homes in the construction of The Dalles and Bonneville dams did not receive any compensation. The planned project hopes to change that.

   The Dalles Dam began operations in 1957. Before that, its construction displaced members of four Columbia River tribes: Yakama, Nez Perce, Umatilla and Warm Springs. When dam doors closed, entire villages were inundated with water.

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