NESPELEM - The Colville Business Council approved a resolution that defines tribal member-only recreational areas within the boundaries of the Colville Reservation, during special session June 6.

Many of the areas had been previously defined in resolutions dating back decades but the new resolution provides clarity, tribal attorney Charissa Eichman told the CBC Law and Justice Committee, June 5.

The resolution states the follow areas are open only “to enrolled members of the Colville Confederated Tribes, their families, and their guests (provided that the enrolled member is present): 23 Mile Creek, Bridge Creek Park, Frosty Meadows, Gold Lake, Hall Creek, Northstar, Owhi Lake, Round Lake [and] Simpson Lake.”

The resolution, which passed through unanimous decision, notes a part of Omak Lake Beach is also restricted.

The resolution further calls for signage to be posted at restricted areas and that reads, “Restricted Beach Area. For use by Tribal members, their families, and their guests only. No drugs allowed.”

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