Lakewood: Wildfire or arson at Fort Steilacoom

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Just as the FBI shoot themselves at the US-Mexico border and blame it on not enough border protection, if dry grass burns Homeland Insecurity will treat themselves to insanity and paranoia.

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Komonews. Oct 5:

3 suspicious wildfires burn at Fort Steilacoom Park

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Three wildfires sprang up at Fort Steilacoom Park on Friday afternoon, and investigators say all three are suspicious.

All three blazes were contained, said Hallie McCurdy with West Pierce Fire and Rescue.

Thirty firefighters from nine fire units responded to the scene.

Investigators said the timing and the proximity of the fires indicate possible arson.

They do not have a suspect, and the investigation is ongoing.

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Fort Steilacoom was founded by the U.S. Army in 1849 near Lake Steilacoom. It was among the first military fortifications built by the U.S. north of the Columbia River in what was to become Washington. The fort was constructed due to civilian agitation about the massacre in 1847 at the Whitman mission.

Indians of the Nisqually tribe attacked white settlers in the area on October 29, 1855, as a result of their dissatisfaction with the Treaty of Medicine Creek that had been imposed on them the previous year, particularly angered that their assigned reservation curtailed the traditional fishing economy. The fort was headquarters for the U.S. 9th Infantry Regiment during this “Indian War” of 1855-56. In the course of the conflict, Volunteer U.S. Army Colonel Abraham Benton Moses was killed. At the conclusion of the war, Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens brought Chief Leschi of the Nisqually tribe to trial for the death of Moses during a skirmish at Connell’s Prairie on October 31, 1855.

Since the death had occurred in combat, the United States Army refused to carry out the sentence of death on the grounds of Fort Steilacoom, maintaining that he was a prisoner of war. The territorial legislature therefore passed a law authorizing Leschi’s execution at the hands of civilian authorities. On February 19, 1858, Leschi was hanged in what is today the city of Lakewood. He was exonerated in 2004.

Fort Steilacoom was decommissioned as a military post in 1868. In 1871 an insane asylum opened there, with the barracks serving as patient and staff housing. Fort Steilacoom is now the mental hospital called Western State Hospital.

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Whitman statue in DC

The Whitman massacre was the murder on November 29, 1847 of Oregon missionaries Dr. Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa, along with eleven others. They were killed by Cayuse and Umatilla Indians. The incident began the Cayuse War. It took place in present-day southeastern Washington state, near the town of Walla Walla, and was one of the most notorious episodes in the U.S. settlement of the Pacific Northwest. The event was the climax of several years of complex interaction between the Whitmans, who had led the first wagon train along the Oregon Trail, and the local Native Americans.

The killings are usually ascribed in part to a clash of cultures and in part to the inability of Dr. Whitman, a physician, to halt the spread of measles among the Native Americans, who then held Whitman responsible for subsequent deaths. The incident remains controversial to this day: the Whitmans are regarded by some as pioneer heroes; others see them as white settlers who attempted to impose their religion on the Native Americans and otherwise unjustly intrude, even allegedly poisoning the natives. {…}

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  1. nonviolentconflict says:

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