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Omaha Tribe: 'No strings attached' to donation from foundation

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska today confirmed that it accepted a donation from the new "Original Americans Foundation."

The tribal council met with representatives of the Washington professional football team in January to discuss needs on the reservation. Afterwards, the foundation financed the purchase of a backhoe for the tribe.

"There were no strings attached to the donation," the tribal council said in a statement. "In fact, the foundation made it very clear that it did not want or expect anything in return for the donation."

"The Omaha Tribe values its sovereignty and the tribal council would never approve an arrangement with an organization such as the foundation if the arrangement compromised the tribal council's judgment," the statement continued.

The tribe said it is using the backhoe for maintenance and repair project on the reservation.

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