Utah tribes criticize study
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Utah's tribes are criticizing an economic development study commissioned by the State Legislature, saying it was developed without input from tribal leaders.

A task force was put together to analyze economic opportunities in Indian Country. But tribal leaders said they weren't allowed to work with the panel to address the issues they face.

The report was also commissioned to provide an alternative to the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe, which wants to store up to 40,000 tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste on its reservation. Chairman Leon Bear and a lawmaker who helped push for the study said the tribe has seen no benefits.

The report made a number of recommendations but there is no plan to provide funding to implement them.

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Goshutes: Task Force Findings Do Little to Help Utah Tribes (The Salt Lake Tribune 2/19)

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