Colville Tribes and state reach settlement for hunting rights

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the state of Washington reached a settlement over hunting and jurisdiction.

The tribe retains hunting and fishing rights on ceded land known as the North Half. Under the agreement, tribal members who are cited for violations of six hunting laws will appear in tribal court instead of state court.

“We’re pleased that the state recognizes Colville Tribal member rights in the North Half, and that as a sovereign nation, we have the authority to enforce our laws here,” Chairman Michael Finley said in a press release, The Wenatchee World reported.

The state also agreed to notify the tribe when it investigates hunting cases.

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