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By Al Stover
Staff Reporter 

Second STEP opponent files

Spokane County Commissioners forward lawsuit against Department of Interior


Last updated 6/1/2017 at 12:42pm

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners have been longtime opponents of the Spokane Tribal Economic Project (STEP), and now it appears they are taking the battle to the court room.

The commissioners approved a resolution to file a lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Department of the Interior at its May 30 meeting. Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter, the county’s Public Works information and outreach manager, explained the lawsuit is to appeal Interior’s June 2015 determination, issued by assistant secretary Kevin Washburn, which stated that STEP “would not be detrimental...

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