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Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho

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The U.S. Senate has approved a land deal between the Kake Tribal Corp. and the Forest Service designed to protect the Southeast Alaska town's watershed. The measure requires the corporation to give up about 2,400 acres in the Gunnuk Creek watershed, the main water supply for the city. In return, the corporation will get 1,389 acres of Forest Service timber land and $10 million. Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski proposed the bill. The Republican contends land grants made under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act were intended to produce income for Native shareholders. The bill's already been approved by the House and now goes to President Clinton for signature.

The Idaho Board of Education has approved creation of a 19-member committee to screen applicants for the president's job at Lewis-Clark State College. More than 100 people are expected to apply for the job. The screening committee - including representatives of the tribe, students, alumni, staff, faculty and community leaders - will identify five finalists for the board to consider. President Jim Hottois resigned in May after five years on the job. He is now a lecturer at the University of Idaho.

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