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Colville Business Council approves controversial horse removal contract

Some tribal members feel objection ignored


The Colville Business Council took a series of actions on Jan. 24 related to feral horses on the reservation, including changing a law to allow machines such as helicopters to be used in the capture of feral horses, approving a contract to do so, and raising the bounty tribal members receive for removing the horses themselves.

The contract with Sun J Livestock is for $478,750 and is for the removal of approximately 1,250 horses. The Tribal Tribune reported the amount but not the name of the contractor.

Sun J Livestock removed about 420 horses in 2015.

The tribe also raised the reward for...

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