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Spokane Tribe Applauds Federal Funding for Tribal Priorities

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WELLPINIT, Wash. - The Spokane Tribe of Indians today heralded the inclusion of funding for three important programs contained in the Fiscal Year 2008 funding bill.  Funding for the programs is contained in the Interior Appropriations Section of H.R. 2764, commonly referred to as the Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.  

The Chairman of the Spokane Tribe of Indians, Richard Sherwood, stated "without the support of Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell, Rep. McMorris Rodgers, and other Members of the Washington and Idaho delegation, these important programs would not continue to exist.  The Spokane Tribe appreciates the hard work of the delegation for fighting to ensure the continuation of these programs."

Of importance to northeast Washington and northern Idaho, the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) received $310,086 in the year-end funding bill.  UCUT was formed in the late-1980's and facilitates intertribal efforts to restore fish and wildlife.  UCUT Chairman, Warren Seyler, stated that without continued federal funding, UCUT would not exist.   Seyler said "The funding for UCUT fulfills treaty obligations to support this important work.  While the entire region has been supportive of this organization, I recognize Senator Murray in particular for her steadfastness in advocating for continued funding for UCUT."

Lake Roosevelt law enforcement was also provided funding in the Omnibus bill.  $344,540 will be shared between the Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.  The Spokane Tribe will receive one-third of the funding which helps to provide a seemless coordination of law enforcement efforts between the many jurisdictions that operate on the lake.   This is a long-standing federal obligation outlined in the Lake Roosevelt Management Agreement.

The Spokane Tribe also recognizes the efforts of the entire Washington State delegation for providing $1,712,856 for the Washington, Timber, Fish and Wildlife Program.