WENATCHEE, Wash. - The governing council of the Colville Tribes says it will stick to its plan to spend half of a $193 million settlement on tribal programs, rather than distribute it to tribal members.
The Colvilles were among 114 tribes that sued the federal government to reclaim money lost in mismanaged accounts and from royalties for oil, gas, grazing and timber rights on tribal lands. The Colvilles distributed half of the settlement money to tribal members in two payments earlier this year.
The Colville Business Council had received a petition signed by one-third of eligible tribal voters asking them to distribute the rest of the money to tribal members. But The Wenatchee World reported Tuesday that the council will reserve it for senior centers, health clinics, resource restoration and other programs.