Biden Administration Takes National Archives at Seattle Off the Market


April 14, 2021

The front entrance of the National Archives at Seattle, a National Archives and Records Administration facility.

SEATTLE - The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reversed a Trump administration decision to sell the National Archives at Seattle, Wash, which houses thousands of historical documents and other artifacts of tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Last October, the Public Building Reform Board (PBRB) decided that it would sell the National Archives building in Seattle as part of a bundled sale along with 11 other federal properties around the country.

After the intention to sell the Seattle building was made known, the state of Washington's Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit to stop the sale. The lawsuit was joined by 29 federally recognized tribes, Alaskan tribal entities, and tribal communities from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, as well as nine community organizations.


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