December 20, 2012 | Vol. 116 -- No. 35

STEP meeting draws criticism

Airway Heights council testimony left little room for public during 40 minute meeting with visiting Indian Affairs assistant secretary

The Spokane Tribe Economic Project discussion returned to the West Plains last week, but not without controversy.

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New Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn was in the Spokane region for two days to visit with numerous parties involved in the STEP project and to learn firsthand more about the project. Among those he visited included the Kalispel Tribe, Spokane Tribe and Airway Heights City Council.

“You all, as elected officials, have particular standing to give us community input,” Washburn said.

In-person public comments were cut short during a special meeting of the...

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