A house burns as winds spread fire throughout White Swan on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. (Sara Gettys/Yakima Herald-Republic)
A terrible fire that broke out this past week has destroyed dozens of homes in the White Swan community located within the Yakama Nation. Many Native American families lost both their residences and important family legal documents such as wills, powers of attorney, and membership papers. In addition to the need for basic relief, a call is being made for legal assistance to help families with their damage claims and the reconstruction of their legal paperwork.
The relief effort will be coordinated by the Yakama Nation, and contact information for the Nation's logistics officer will be distributed as soon as available. In the interim, if you are able to assist with direct legal work or other support, please contact:
PO Box 17798
Seattle, WA 98127
Tel: (206) 915-1529
Fax: (206) 339-0605