CBC accepts rules of evidence new chapter

NESPELEM – The Colville Business Council rejected a recommendation related to an eminent domain code change during a committee hearing, July 18, according to staff from the Office of Reservation’s Attorney.

The Office of Reservation Attorney had opened the 90-day comment period in late March, and during that time, ORA visited each of the district meetings to discuss the proposed change.

The coversheet read, “The Tribes has never relinquished its sovereign authority to exercise eminent domain on the Reservation, the North Half or any allotments wherever located.” 

The cover letter further defined eminent domain as “the authority of the Tribes to condemn (take) property for public purposes.”

During Special Session, July 18, CBC accepted a chapter to the Colville Tribal Code related to Rules of Evidence.

A 60-Day comment period for the new chapter, Chapter 1-9, closed in June.

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