Tribal leaders are considering whether they want to continue sponsoring Julyamsh (in July we gather), one of the nation's largest outdoor pow wows, at Greyhound Park. Committee members are considering a move to Spokane, Wash., after dealing with such things as higher costs and a dusty, not grassy, dance floor this summer, tribal councilman Cliff SiJohn said. In the meantime, city leaders must try to keep the tribe here, said Post Falls City Councilman Clay Larkin. The largest annual event in Post Falls brought in about $9.5 million last summer, merchants said. It attracted more than 70,000 people last summer, SiJohn said. In June, park officials said they lost too much money by offering the site up to the tribe for free, and for the first time charged $7,000. The money paid for expenses such as air conditioning, water, telephone and electricity. But parks operations manager Randy Oaks said his agency still wants the tribe to use the venue. "We want them here, we just have to come to an agreement," Oaks said. Greyhound Park is near the original gathering place where the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene met to compete in games against fur trappers in the early 1800s.
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