NESPELEM - Colville Business Council Chair Rodney Cawston announced administrative leave for Colville Tribal employees from the end of shift Dec. 23 to Jan. 5.

In a broadcast email distributed via tribal broadcast, Nov. 23, Cawston wrote, “The year 2020 will go into the books as one of the most challenging years we have faced in the Colville Confederated Tribes’ history. The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020, declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic. In September, the Cold Springs and Inchelium Complex fires burned a total of 209,300 acres, destroyed 79 homes, and ranchers lost approximately 600 animals. Without our employees we would never have survived these emergencies and our membership would not have received much needed services and assistance. The Colville Business Council would like to show our gratitude and appreciation to all of our employees for the hard work and dedication you have shown throughout the year. Today in Special Session the Colville Business Council approved granting Administrative Leave beginning the end of shift on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 to Monday, January 5th, 2021 for the Christmas Holiday. Employees will return to work as scheduled on Tuesday, January 6th, 2021. Please take this time to enjoy your families, but please remember the COVID-19 virus is still very much a threat. On behalf of the Colville Business Council, thank you for your unwavering support and keep up the good work!”

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