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Top Story: Benewah Breaks Deal — Tribe

Benewah County officials have apparently gone back on their word to sign the cross deputization agreement reached with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe that was presented to the Idaho House Judiciary and Rules Committee in March. Instead, earlier this week, county officials sent the Tribe a signed copy of a new version of a cross deputization agreement that contained more than 50 changes to the original and revived disagreements over key provisions that had already been settled in prior discussions. Repeated requests by the Tribe to be informed of any proposed changes were ignored by the county. "I am extremely disappointed with this new document in front of me," Coeur d’Alene Tribe Chairman Chief Allan said. "It is not what we agreed to"/Spokesman Marc Stewart, Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe. More here.

Question: Anyone surprised that Benewah made so many changes to the proposed agreement before sending it to the tribe? And that the tribe is miffed? Were legislators foolish to not force Benewah County to act in goodwill?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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