Dear Editor,

Colville Tribal Members,I am responding to the Wild Horse Aerial Capture Contract and the Jan. 8th council meeting.

The half million dollars of Tribal money requested for aerial capture by a non-tribal contractor can be put to better use. 

History has shown repeatedly that aerial capture is unsuccessful, expensive, and inhumane, violating many of the guidelines in the wild horse management plans set by the Tribe and Tribal Law.

Many find the wild horse an easy scapegoat without seeing either the complexity of their management or their potential benefits to our people. 

We can turn a perceived problem into a modern opportunity for our people. We should not disgrace this part of our shared history as a people.

Developing long term sustainable programs that can benefit the Tribe and the horses need to be explored rather than ignored. 

Colville Tribe is known as a Horse Nation. Together we can become a stronger horse nation and avoid negative publicity of mass horse extermination or the loss of this element of our heritage. 

Studies by The American Horse Council, 2017 Equine Economic Impact Study show the value for economic, cultural and social development possibilities for the Tribe with the horse industry that added $122 billion to the US economy, with over $5 billion to the economy of the state of Washington.

The January 8th meeting ended with agreement for a meeting to discuss horse management options beyond aerial capture. 

So far no meeting has been set.

Charlene McCraigie, DVM

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