Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

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The tribes have reached tentative agreement that would return the famous Suicide Race to the annual Omak Stampede. It now will be considered by the Stampede board, the tribes and Omak city leaders. The agreement would give the Colvilles more participation in planning Okanogan County's largest celebration, allow cars to park on grassy fields near the Indian encampment and boost the Suicide Race purse. The tribes boycotted the Stampede in August, complaining about parking issues and the handling of the Indian pow wow. The Suicide Race a horse race down a steep hillside and across the Okanogan River that closes each performance of the Omak Stampede rodeo was canceled. As a result, stampede attendance was down, the celebration lost money and merchants complained of lost revenue. The proposed agreement would guarantee at least $6,500 from booster button profits for the Suicide Race purse, with additional profits going to the Indian encampment, tribal police and emergency services. The deal was to be presented to the full tribal council April 6.