Lummi Nation upset with lack of final agreement for county's ferry
The Lummi Nation is ready to end negotiations with Whatcom County, Washington, over the Lummi Island ferry.

The tribe said it has made numerous offers but the county hasn't agreed to anything. The tribe owns the land where the ferry dock is located.

"After six months of effort and no present signs of intent to commit from the County, the Nation cannot and will not continue to commit staff time to this effort," the tribe said in a letter, The Bellingham Herald reported.

The tribe's "final" offer requires the county pay $310,000 a year for a 35-year lease. It also requires the county to pay $4 million for a future tribal marina.

The tribe and the county had an agreement but it had had never been approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. An interim agreement has kept the ferry afloat.

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Lummi Nation says it's made final offer to county over ferry dock (The Bellingham Herald 8/6)

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