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Probe of Yakama Nation finances finds problems

The new leadership of the Yakama Nation of Washington say a probe of the tribe's finances has uncovered more problems.

The new leadership took over when the old council purchased a minor league basketball team without the consent of the people. A financial probe has since turned up $6.8 million in debt and an at least one unauthorized business.

The loans stem from the purchase of Yakama Juice, a company that bottles apple juice and water. Yakama Forest Product also ran up debt.

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Yakamas probe business finances following ousting of tribal leaders (AP 9/8)

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