Diplomats discuss tribal spat with Canadian company

A delegation of State Department officials is in Washington state this week to discuss tribal and state concerns over a Canadian company accused of polluting the Columbia River

The officials will meet with the Colville Confederated Tribes and the Spokane Tribe today. The Colville Tribes filed a lawsuit against Teck Cominco, a mining company, seeking cleanup of million of tons of slag and heavy metals dumped into the river.

The company tried to dismiss the tribes' lawsuit but a federal judge refused. The state of Washington is siding with the tribes.

Get the Story:
State Department officials to study Columbia River (AP 11/30)

Relevant Links:
Colville Confederated Tribes - http://www.colvilletribes.com
Teck Cominco - http://www.teckcominco.com

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