The ultimate goal is to move critical facilities and services essential to the protection and preservation of the Quileute community from the lower village located in the tsunami zone to the Higher Ground area. One day Higher Ground will house not only the Quileute Tribal School but, an Elder Center, Cultural Facilities, Tribal Government, Justice Complex, Residential Areas, Parks, and other future development needs of the Quileute people.
Phase 1: Tribal School Relocation Complete
Move to Higher Ground is a comprehensive program to relocate the critical community facilities and future housing to the safety of lands above the reach of tsunami waves and flood waters.
The first priority of the Tribe was the relocation of the Quileute Tribal School.
The school was previously located on a former U.S. Coast Guard site, just feet above sea level between the Pacific Ocean and the Quillayute River, within the tsunami inundation zone.
On August 5th, 2022, the Quileute Tribe celebrated the long-awaited completion of the newly constructed Quileute Tribal School at the Move To Higher Ground relocation area. The 2022-2023 school year marks the first year for students at the new location safely out of the tsunami zone.
With the completion of this priority, the Quileute Tribe is eager to move forward with plans to relocate other at-risk groups and critical facilities still currently located within the lower village.
In the News - Quileute Tribal School Move to Higher Ground
For more details on the historic achievement check out the following articles:
Northwest Treaty Tribes- Quileute Tribal School Receives Blessing
Parametrix- Inspired Projects of 2022:Quileute Tribal School Moves to Higher Ground
Indian Country Today- Quileute Tribe opens K-12 school on higher ground