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Colville Tribes faced with budget crisis


Members of the Confederated Colville Tribes of Washington will see a reduced per capita payment and some layoffs due to budget woes.

Tribal business council chairman Mike Marchand said the budget will be approved soon. "It looks like there will be continued per capitas, though they may be reduced somewhat, and layoffs .. will be minimal," Marchand told The Omak Chronicle.

Marchand blamed the budget problems on a stagnant housing market. He also said future timber revenues could be affected by national wilderness plans.

Tribal members typically receive $500 every Christmas. With over 9,000 members, the payments total $4.5 million. Meanwhile, the tribe has an $11 million deficit, Marchand has said.

Get the Story:
Tribal council near to passing trimmed-down budget (The Omak Chronicle 10/30)

Relevant Links:
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation - http://www.colvilletribes.com