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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Spokane, Kalispel tribes impacted by coronavirus

With all revenues funding government and service, effects of shutdown are more acute

 

Last updated 4/30/2020 at 9:52am



WEST PLAINS – Like everyone else, the Spokane and Kalispel tribes have been feeling the impacts of COVID-19, physically and economically.

Particularly the latter, where shutting down of casinos and retail outlets has drastically reduced the revenue streams supporting essential services such as police and medical facilities.

Spokane Tribe of Indians Chairwoman Carol Evans told West Plains Chamber of Commerce members during a virtual stakeholders meeting April 22 that the state’s orders on March 16 required “special action” since tribes are sovereign nations governed by their own rule...



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