NESPELEM - The Colville Business Council approved a resolution today to extend the partial shutdown of the Colville Tribal Government, as well as other public health safety measures previously taken, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the Colville Indian Reservation through midnight on May 29.

Along with extending the partial shutdown of the Colville Tribal Government, the approved resolution expressly:

  • extends the prohibition of public gatherings of ten or more people
  • extends the prohibition of camping by non-tribal members or groups of ten or more people
  • extends the closure of fishing and hunting by non-tribal members within the boundaries of the reservation.
  • extends the requirement of residents to remain home except for essential activities
  • Extends closure of the Colville Reservation to visitors.

The resolution reads, “WHEREAS , it is the recommendation of the Tribal Government that the terms and measures set forth in Emergency Resolution 2020-156 to protect public health safety during the COVID-19 pandemic are hereby extended to midnight on May 29, 2020; whereas, most terms set forth in Emergency Resolution 2020-156 are set to expire at midnight on April 30, 2020. These public safety measures include:

The State of Emergency first described in Resolution 2020-126 and extended in Emergency Resolution 2020-156 is hereby extended.

The partial shutdown of tribal government shall continue on the same terms as currently exist, including the terms of the Emergency Action Plan, subject to future modifying Resolutions as circumstances develop and change.

The prohibition of public gatherings of ten or more people and public congregations for purposes of public entertainment, recreation, food or beverage service, and similar activities is extended unless permitted by a separate and distinct Resolution.

The prohibition on camping by non-tribal members, and of all camping in groups numbering ten or more people, is extended. Fishing and hunting by non-tribal members within the exterior boundaries of the Colville Reservation is also hereby prohibited until midnight on May 29, 2020.

The order requiring residents of the Colville Reservation to remain at home except for essential activities is extended, except as amended by separate and distinct Resolution.

The order prohibiting non-essential business activity on the Colville Reservation is extended.

The closure of the Colville Reservation to visitors is extended, except as amended by separate and distinct Resolution.

All relevant terms and descriptions in Emergency Resolution 2020-156 applicable to these extensions continue to apply. The Chairman or designee is hereby authorized to sign any such documents as necessary to effectuate this Emergency Resolution.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Colville Business Council, by authority of Resolution 1991-431 (10 affirmative signatures on this recommendation sheet, an emergency) this 1st day of May, 2020, acting for and in behalf of the Colville Confederated Tribes, Nespelem, Washington, do hereby approve the above recommendation of the Tribal Government Committee.

The foregoing was duly enacted by the Colville Business Council by a vote of 10 FOR 3 AGAINST O ABSTAINED, under authority contained in Article V, Section l(a) of the Constitution of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, ratified by the Colville Indians on February 26, 1938, and approved by the Commissioner oflndian Affairs in April 19, 1938.”

CBC first approved the partial shutdown of the tribal government March 19.

Justus Caudell writes In the Non-Diegetic. He grew up off-the-grid in Keller, but can now be reached at his office in Nespelem.

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