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Yakama Nation settles dispute with National Indian Gaming Commission

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TOPPENISH, Wash. - The Yakama Nation announced Tuesday that it had resolved a violation from last year with the National Indian Gaming Commission regarding distribution of economic stimulus money to its members.

Yakama Tribal Council Chairman Ralph Sampson said at a news conference that the Nation agreed to pay the United States $5,000 to settle the matter. He says it was a miscommunication on both sides.

"We are please to have resolved the misunderstanding with the federal government regarding the Nation's infusion of necessary monies into our local economy last Christmas," said Sampson.

The tribe said Legends Casino’s operations were never disrupted while they were trying to resolve this issue.

Sampson also revealed that the Yakamart at Pahto Crossing officially closed on Monday. He said it was necessary given the tough economic times, including rising gas prices.

No decision has been made on the future of that building or if the store will reopen, Sampson said.