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Tribe opens books for S-R

Betty Squires, of Moscow, tries her luck at the Coeur d’Alene Casino on Wednesday, Kathy Plonka SR

When the Coeur d’Alene Tribe first signed a gaming compact with the state of Idaho in 1992, tribal leaders insisted on donating 5 percent of net casino gaming proceeds to education on or near their reservation – a gesture that has added up to $16.8 million in donations since 1994, including $1.5 million this year and $1.8 million last year.

“The tribe originated the idea,” said David High, the now-retired deputy Idaho attorney general who for years oversaw negotiations with the state’s Indian tribes over gaming. “They didn’t have to do it.”  Full story. Betsy Russell, SR

Why do you suppose the Tribe initially refused to disclose this information? Will this story be enough to quiet the their critics?

Cda Press: Tribe gambling with credibility

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe believes it was unfairly stung by a Press report published last weekend, then circulated widely by other media. The story detailed how the tribe no longer makes public disclosure of its gifts to educational entities in and around the reservation. According to the story, five local school districts contacted by The Press all indicated they had not received any funding from the tribe since it had decided two years ago not to announce its donations publicly.

The tribe says it has made donations as set forth in its gaming compact with the state of Idaho; a voter-approved agreement that requires the tribe to donate 5 percent of its net income from gambling to educational entities “on or near the reservation.”

Exactly when those donations are made, and to whom, is completely up to tribal discretion, according to the tribe's spokesman, Helo Hancock. Hancock added that there was consternation among the tribe over what some felt was an unfair portrayal of the situation, and that insult was added to injury because The Press obviously was not taking tribal and Idaho Lottery officials' word at face value that the disbursements had been appropriately made. More here. Cda Press

Do you think it would be prudent of the tribe to disclose when/who received the required educational disbursements?

State says Tribe in compliance

Helo Hancock, legislative director for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe

COEUR d'ALENE - The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is in compliance with its gaming compact with Idaho, reports Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson.

“I consider them good stewards of their gaming activities and generous neighbors to the communities on or near the reservation as well as to other good causes,” wrote Anderson, in an email sent to The Press.

In response to a story published Saturday in The Press, Tribe Legislative Director Helo Hancock also said the Tribe is in compliance with its gaming compact. However, neither Hancock nor Anderson would provide proof of that compliance.

Saturday's story reported that the Tribe will not disclose the details of its contributions of 5 percent of its annual net gaming income to support education. Full Story. Maureen Donlan, Cda Press

Do you think the Tribe should disclose the details of their required contributions?



Gazette: Tribe gives to $210,000 to school

By Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette Record

Two days after a report about the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s contributions to schools from casino profits the tribe made a donation to the Plummer/Worley school district.

“The tribe made a generous contribution to our school district,” Judi Sharrett, superintendent, said.

She said the tribe called Monday afternoon to request a meeting at which two checks, totaling $210,000, were given to the district. Ms. Sharrett said the tribe has been a great supporter of the Plummer/Worley district through the years.

“The Plummer Worley School District is grateful for the financial donation from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the priority they have given over many years to their local school district. We recognize they are not obligated to any one district or educational institution in their distribution.”

The checks were issued following reports by the Coeur d’Alene Press and the Gazette Record that local public schools had not received a payment from casino profits since July, 2009. The tribe is required to contribute 5 percent of the casino net profit to schools “on or near the reservation.”
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Prosecuter Payne: “The law can be a very subtle thing.”

Doug Payne, Benewah County prosector, told the House Judiciary Committee that in his view, his county didn't renege on the deal with the tribe last spring after the Legislature ended. “That was not what occurred in this case,” he said. “I thought the deal was workable.”

But he said the county wasn't willing to accept the tribe enforcing its civil jurisdiction over things like boating speeds, hunting and fishing on tribal lands, and so forth, through citations. The pending bill doesn't address that; it deals with criminal law enforcement only.  Betsy Russell, EOB

Hmm… “The deal was workable?”

Chief Allan unnanimously reappointed

Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe

PLUMMER – Coeur d’Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan, who has been Chairman since 2005, was unanimously reappointed Monday morning by the seven-person tribal council. “I am honored to continue to represent the Coeur d’Alene Tribe as chairman,” said Allan. “I love my tribe and I am excited about the upcoming year. There are many exciting times on the horizon.” Two tribal council seats were decided during Saturday’s tribal election.  Charlotte Nilson earned a second three-year term and earned the highest vote total of any candidate this year. More below.

Update: Benewah County and Cda Tribe reach deal

Benewah County Sheriff Bob Kirts, left, greets Rep. Mack Shirley, R-Rexburg, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, after the committee on Wednesday agreed to hold the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s law enforcement legislation due to a new cross-deputization agreement between the tribe and Benewah County

Benewah County and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe have reached an “agreement in principle” on cross-deputization, just in time to head off state legislation that was up for a vote in a House committee this afternoon. “I think it’s a good deal, and I think the committee was helpful in bringing the parties together,” said Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “I think sometimes it takes legislation to bring all parties together. They do have an agreement in principle, and I think it’s a great outcome for public safety.” Helo Hancock, legislative director for the tribe, told the committee, “We do have a deal,” and asked the panel to hold the tribe’s legislation in committee. The vote was unanimous. More here.


Idaho Tribes Want Executive Post

BOISE — Idaho tribal leaders want Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to create a cabinet post dedicated to improving tribal relations.

That includes resolving disputes that erupt when non-tribal members are apprehended for reservation crimes, only to be released without arrest because no agreements — or trust — exists with sheriffs in neighboring counties.

Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce, Shoshone-Bannock and Shoshone Paiute tribal leaders met with Otter, though the Republican governor made no commitments, especially during an economic downturn when he’s cutting state budgets.

Coeur d’Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan on Wednesday, “Tribal economies in Idaho generate at least a half billion dollars annually. It only seems fair for tribes to have place within Governor Otter’s administration.”

Otter aides called last week’s meeting a “listening session.”

Do you think it likely Otter will grant the tribes a place within his administration?

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