Dear Tribal Members:

I attended the National Congress of American Indians conference in June, and was fortunate to testify before the United States Department of Interior, USDA program, specifically the New Farm Bill.

The Good Neighbor Authority expanded the bill to include tribes.  Didn’t go far enough when it came to paying the tribe for their assistance they provide with hazardous fuels reduction, and timber harvests.  The funds are usually used for labor and other costs of doing the work.  So hopefully with all the information provided the tribe will receive money for their work.  Brian Gunn our lobbyist provided excellent talking points for my testimony.

In addition, the Omak area has a real Air Quality problem, so the EPA has introduced a woodstove replacement program for the Omak area.  This program intends to replace older non-certified woodstoves with EPA cleaner burning certified models.  Contact the, for the application or call 509-634-2418 with any questions.

Have a wonderful summer; wow it is going by too quickly.

Margie Hutchinson (CBC)

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