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County Commissioners Apologize to Tribes for Derogatory Comments

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Ravalli county commissioners have drafted a letter of apology to the Salish and Kootenai tribes for derogatory comments that were made at the end of one of their meetings.

Last week, tribal members attended a county commission meeting to explain the importance of the tribal land, known as medicine tree, and the reasons they have for placing it in the hands of the federal government. But the commission ultimately opposed the move, because the county would lose money in property taxes.

At the end of the meeting, law enforcement officers were allegedly complaining about their jails being filled with so called "drunken Indians."

A letter was drafted on Wednesday apologizing to tribal members who may have been offended, saying those comments did not represent the opinion of the board or the majority of county residents.

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