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Governor Gregoire Says She Will Discuss Taxes with Tribal Chair

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YAKIMA, Wa -  Governor Chris Gregroire's office says she is willing to talk with the Yakama Nation about state tax on tribal cigarettes and fuel.

Angry tribal members protested outside tribal headquarters yesterday.

Tribal Council Chairwoman, Lavina Washines, says two tribal officials signed a state agreement to raise the tax on cigarettes and add a new tax on fuel -- without the council's approval.

Now Washines wants a meeting with the governor.

Gegoire's office tells KNDO they are working on a time for Washines and Gregoire to speak by phone and they will work with the tribe to see if there is a way to address their concerns.

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