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Feedback: Clarification On Signatories To Toxics Reduction Statement
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2011 (PST)

Feedback: Clarification On Signatories To Toxics Reduction Statement

 

(Editor’s Note: In last week’s story “Feds, States, Tribes Sign Statement Aimed At Strengthening Effort To Reduce Toxins In Columbia River” http://www.cbbulletin.com/411973.aspx the listing of the entities that signed the agreement was incorrect. The story has been corrected on the website.)

 

-- From Keith Kutchins, policy analyst, The Upper Columbia United Tribes

 

In reference to the article “Feds, States, Tribes Sign Statement Aimed at Strengthening Effort to Reduce Toxins in Columbia River” in the Columbia Basin Bulletin:

 

The “Upper Columbia River United Tribes” does not exist. The Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) is comprised of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, and the Spokane Tribe of Indians.

 

Some tribes are listed as signing the Statement but they did not sign it. The Upper Columbia United Tribes are the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, and the Spokane Tribe of Indians. The UCUT did not sign the Statement – nor did either of its member tribes present at the meeting (the Colville Confederated Tribes, and the Spokane Tribe).

 

The Upper Columbia United Tribes is strongly committed to reducing toxics in the Columbia River Basin. However, the Statement has not been adopted by the UCUT, and has not been signed. The UCUT are concerned that there could be potential significant harm by not committing to additional resources.

 

Keith Kutchins

policy analyst

Upper Columbia United Tribes

Spokane, Wash.

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