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Nez Perce Tribe accepts $193M water settlement

The Nez Perce Tribe agreed on Tuesday to accept a $193 million water rights settlement with the state of Idaho and the federal government.

The tribal executive committee voted 6-2 in favor of the deal. It settles the tribe's claims on the Snake River in exchange for 50,000 acre-feet of water, $80 million in cash and land and other environmental improvements.

The deal needed state and tribal approval by March 31 to go into effect. President Bush already signed a bill on behalf of the U.S.

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Nez Perce give up claims to Snake River water (AP 3/30)
Nez Perce Tribe approves Snake River water agreement (KTVB 3/29)
Nez Perce Approves Historic Water Agreement (AP 3/29)

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