NESPELEM – The Colville Business Council voted to direct the Colville Tribal Administration to auction off rolling stock from the now-closed Colville Indian Precision Pine mill during Special Session, Sep. 5.
The corresponding resolution, 2019- 517, notes proceeds from the liquidation would be deposited in the Colville Tribes’ General Fund.
The tribes first chartered CIPP, which is located north of Highway 155 on the Omak-Riverside Eastside Road near the city of Omak, in 1985. In 1997, Colville Tribal Enterprise Corporation took control of mill.
When it closed in 2010, the mill employed 130.
A 2016 resolution noted the financial crisis of 2008-2009 forced the closure of the facility.
CBC members Joel Boyd, Norma Sanchez, Margie Hutchinson, Janet Nicholson, Roger Finley, Richard Moses, Joe Somday and Darnell Sam voted for the resolution, while CBC members Karen Condon and Jarred-Michael Erickson voted against it.
In April 2018, the Colville Tribal Federal Corporation liquidated through auction the Colville Tribal Plywood and Veneer mill, also located in Omak on Highway 155.
That auction resulted in a total of $3.1 million that was deposited in the Colville Tribes’ General Fund, in Sep. 2018.