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COULEE DAM, Wash. - Colville Tribal Enterprise Corporation (CTEC) was
honored by induction into the Hall of Fame, or Leadership Circle, through
the Business School at the University of Washington. The minority Business
of the Year Awards Ceremony was held Nov. 18, 2004. The Leadership Circle
was developed to honor those companies who have won several awards from the
UW Minority Business of the Year program.

"Clearly the company is a leader in the business community," said Michael
Verchot of the University. "CTEC ... over multiple years has shown
outstanding performance."

Clarence Antioquia, president and CEO for CTEC gave credit to two entities:
The Colville Business Council, which created a separate business
corporation over 20 years ago, and the dedicated employees who brought a
vision to reality.

Verchot added: "We focused this year's awards dinner on the incredible
contributions that tribal enterprises are making to Washington's economy.
This year's celebration is our way of recognizing minority-owned companies
that have for many years been an example for others to follow."


MOSCOW, Idaho - Doug Nash, Nez Perce, professor at the University of
Idaho's College of Law, has announced the 2nd Annual Indian Law Symposium
will be held Feb. 16 - 17. The agenda and list of confirmed speakers is
available at

"The focus is Indian probate and the recently passed Indian Probate Reform
Act," Nash said. "While this will be geared to attorneys to a certain
degree, it is also aimed at tribal officials, council members, committee
members, staff and tribal members. I'd like to get word to as many as
possible," he added.

First day discussions will include recent developments in Indian law, the
status of litigation concerning state taxation of fuels sold to non-Indians
within Indian country and what the future might hold, the history of Indian
probate and the Indian estate planning project being conducted by the
University of Idaho. The second day will largely cover different aspects of
the Indian Probate Reform Act.

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COULEE DAM, Wash. - The Colville Tribe and the state of Washington have
reached an agreement about Columbia River water. It's being supported by
Bureau of Reclamation, State Fish and Wildlife, National Marine Fisheries
Service and local irrigation districts. Now it requires approval from the
State Legislature and the governor to go into effect.

The agreement would allow the state to receive releases of water from Lake
Roosevelt annually from April to August. This would help during droughts
and help meet the region's needs for growth, irrigation, power and fish
migration. Joe Pakootas, tribal chairman for the Colvilles, explained that
in years of drought natural resources on the reservation could suffer with
this drawdown but the state has agreed the tribe would be reimbursed. He
said this is an interim agreement and that a long-term agreement will
eventually replace it, but this will get a plan in place and working.

Pakootas added, "The tribe is a huge player in management of Lake Roosevelt
and one of our biggest benefits is that the state is now recognizing the
tribe as a major manager of the lake. They never considered the tribe
before and this is a big step for them."


LAPWAI, Idaho - Jeff Anderson of Kamiah, Idaho, an officer with the Nez
Perce Tribe, was recently awarded the Indian Country Officer of the Year.
The award came from the International Association of Chiefs of Police at
their annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Anderson was on patrol when he heard over his scanner that a car was upside
down in the Clearwater River. He responded to find only the rear wheel and
bumper above water. He jumped in, knowing that the cold water of spring
runoff gave more chance of reviving occupants of the car. He helped get the
teenaged girl from the car and Anderson commenced CPR even though she had
been under water at least 20 minutes and she was unresponsive. When EMTs
arrived they took over rescue efforts. Anderson left thinking she was dead
but was called later with news the girl had resumed breathing. She's now
healthy, married and living in the southwest.

Anderson is very modest about his involvement, saying "I was a small link
in a group which brought the girl back from the dead. It's part of my job.
I did only what is expected of me."

"I was very impressed with the support given me by the tribe. My wife and I
went to the ceremony in Los Angeles. It was definitely an honor," he added.
Anderson has also received commendation for his actions by others including
Idaho's Governor Kempthorne and Congressman Butch Otter.