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Tribal members take half of historic federal settlement


Colville Tribal members by referendum voted overwhelmingly to approve distribution of another 30 percent of a $193 million settlement with the federal government.

The vote was 3,497 to 303. The referendum went before voters following a petition drive. Votes were counted Friday.

That money will be distributed Oct. 12, Colville Business Council Chairman John Sirois announced Tuesday.

“The membership has spoken decisively on this matter and we applaud their voice on the issue,” Sirois said. “The Colville Business Council will now proceed accordingly — approximately $58 million will be...

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