TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) - Some members of Eastern Washington's Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation disagree about how to use a $193 million settlement from the federal government over mismanaged land royalties and accounts.
Hundreds of tribal members have signed a petition pushing to receive 50 percent of the money, but the tribe's business council has proposed giving 20 percent to tribal members. The rest would go toward rehabilitation of timber and other lands, which supporters say would put many tribal members back to work.
The spat is likely to play a role in the June 16 election for seven open seats on the 14-member council. About 100 people turned out to hear from several candidates at a meeting for members living off the reservation at the Yakama Nation's headquarters in Toppenish.