The Ritzville Adams County Journal - Eastern Adams County's Only Independent Voice Since 1887

By Roger Harnack
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The culture, heritage and history of Eastern Washington

 

Last updated 2/4/2021 at 9:16am



Indeed all of Washington and Oregon history – is under fire again in Olympia.

I’m talking about an effort this year in the House to erase Marcus Whitman’s significance from the halls of the Capitol building in Olympia and the national statuary in Washington, D.C.

Pushed by lawmakers, who obviously lack a full understanding of Whitman’s significance, House Bill 1372 seeks to replace the bronze Marcus Whitman statues with a new statue of Billy Frank Jr.

Yes, Billy Frank Jr. has been prominent in state matters involving Washington tribes. But let’s be frank, he’s no Marcus Whitman....



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