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Umatilla Tribes and Richland Officials Work Together

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Richland City Council met Thursday with the Umatilla tribes in hopes that the two groups can work together in the future. In the past, their have been disagreements between the two groups regarding new developments in Richland.

But, Umatilla tribe leaders are still concerned about the archeological, burial, and cultural sites all along both sides of Columbia Point. These have become prime areas for Richland's development.

At Thursday's meeting, tribe officials called for an improved agreement with the city. Umatilla Tribes Board of Trustees member Armand Minthorn said, "We both acknowledged that existing agreements need to be strengthened and that's a good thing."

Tribe officials say that now they feel they like are working in partnership with the city. Whereas, before their 1994 agreement with the city, they many times felt their ideas were ignored. Tribe officials say they must keep in constant contact with city officials as Richland continues to develop.