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Yakamas mourning loss of ground-breaking leader

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TOPPENISH — Lavina Washines, the first woman to head the Yakama Nation Tribal Council, died Thursday, according to friends and family. Washines, who battled cancer in recent years, was a respected elder of the Kah-milt-pah, known as the Rock Creek band from an area south of Goldendale along the Columbia River.

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