Beginning in the fall of 1872, a small band of Modoc warriors and their families held off hundreds of U.S. soldiers in the lava fields of Northern California. Ultimately, the conflict left the Modoc leaders dead and the tribe divided.
Long before the U.S. government made plutonium for bombs at the Hanford Site in southeast Washington state, the land belonged to native peoples. For the Yakama Nation, the area was vital for hunting and fishing. Tribal leaders want young people to know about their legacy and the fight that lies ahead.
McCoy, a member of the Tulalip Tribes, was one of the state's longest serving Native American lawmakers. He retired in 2020 due to health reasons after 17 years as a state legislator, writing in his resignation letter that it was "the honor of a lifetime."