Editorial: Better management for Yakama enterprise

"With all due respect to the sovereign-government status of the Yakama Nation, it would appear that the tribe needs to take a page or two from the management books used by other governments and private enterprise.

In a revealing four-part series in this newspaper last week about the Yakama Nation's major enterprises, it was easy to be impressed by ambitious tribal initiatives, yet concerned about all the distrust, secrecy and lack of information that is driving resentment and division among too many tribal members.

It sounds as though tribal government needs an infusion of professional management in its governmental and business operations -- and more of a commitment to openness in both.

In recent years the tribe has amassed an impressive portfolio that seemingly would be good news for the tribe in terms of economic development."

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