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Tribe seeks to put land into reservation trust

Six parcels are mostly waterfront property on Lake Coeur d'Alene

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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is working to place roughly 370 acres of land it owns on the reservation back into its reservation trust.

The six parcels of land, which the Tribe purchased from late Silver Valley business mogul Harry Magnuson more than a decade ago, is mostly waterfront property located between Windy Bay and 16-to-1 Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene.

"There are no plans on the books for that property yet," said Heather Keen, public relations director for the Tribe. "We are putting it into trust mainly for jurisdictional purposes."

For years, there have been rumors of that land being developed as a waterfront extension of the Tribe's Coeur d'Alene Casino, another golf course, or nature preserve and cultural center.

"Really, the only planned use we have for it right now is wildlife conservation," she said.

As the land sits now, the Tribe has a limited amount of jurisdiction over the property when it comes to issues such as law enforcement, but the property is still subject to county and state laws.

"This will allow the Tribe to implement its own land use and environmental regulations on that land," Keen said.

Kootenai County Commissioner Todd Tondee said it won't make any difference to the county in terms of tax revenue because state law doesn't allow the county to tax any property owned by the Tribe.

"We are not going to oppose it," Tondee said. "The Tribe has been a good partner with the county. We don't want to get in the way of them trying to get their land back."

Even though the Tribe is tax exempt, Tondee said it contributes almost $9 million a year to various projects throughout the county, including the Citylink bus system, and payments to schools all over the county in lieu of taxes.

"Their clinic also provides healthcare to the indigent population in the south end of the county," Tondee said. "And that's huge; if they didn't provide those services, we would be on the hook for that too."

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs' Coeur d'Alene Agency is handling the land conversion. Robin White, acting superintendent of that office, could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

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  • PF Idaho Native posted at 11:59 am on Thu, Apr 11, 2013.

    PF Idaho Native Posts: 10

    to "concerned citizen" : Shut up. You're no enrolled Indian or you wouldn't being cutting your own legs off.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:07 am on Thu, Apr 11, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    WAAA WAAA WAAA. Time to get over what happened to us hundreds of years ago and be part of America. And YES I am native American.

  • PF Idaho Native posted at 6:50 pm on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    PF Idaho Native Posts: 10

    Another thing: Indians don't have to pay property taxes because the Supreme Court ruled that Indians can't tax any businesses on tribal land. That's why the reservations look like dumps! Thanks to the Supreme Court!

    You've got your nerve complaining that Indians don't pay property taxes! Why should they if you non-Indians refuse to help the reservations collect business tax revenue to build up their communities!!!!

    The Supreme Court made this ruling so Indians won't think that Indians actually OWN their land. Otherwise the Indians would demand that the BIA be abolised and there would be no more Indian oil, timber, gas, and uranium money in the billions to bail out bankrupted USA businesses.

  • PF Idaho Native posted at 6:35 pm on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    PF Idaho Native Posts: 10

    Do people realize that these parcels of land were given to individual Indians by the Feds 120 years ago? Then years later in 1934 FORCED the Indian to lease it to the BIA? One family we know barely receives $30 a month from their lease when there's a big oil rig in their backyard constantly pumping oil 24/7!

    How would YOU like it if someone cheated YOU out of millions like that?!!

  • PF Idaho Native posted at 6:24 pm on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    PF Idaho Native Posts: 10

    Tondee is correct. The current 2013 Indian Land Trust settlement only paid out $3.2 billion to Indians when it was determined that $176 billion was actually due.

    So where did that $176 billion go from the Gov't leases of these Indian parcels of land? Right smack into "voxpop's" little greedy hands thru the US Treasury! He needs to keep HIS hands out the Indian's money!

  • mister d posted at 7:45 am on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    I agree, do they want to be independent or not. Our government has bent over backwards to support this group of individuals. They have gotten free money long enough, time to support yourself.

  • voxpop posted at 5:46 am on Wed, Apr 10, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    "We don't want to get in the way of them trying to get their land back."
    Oh that's rich. March much in pro gun control rallies Tondee? It's not THEIR land to get BACK. Any more than Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California is Mexico's land to get BACK. And they have no more justification to not pay taxes on everything they "own" than business or property owned by the Canadian, Japanese, or Chinese govt. They demand to be sovereign, use every tax trick in the book to avoid paying their own way, but still stand there with their hand out to the US taxpayer. They drive on taxpayer funded roads, use taxpayer funded health facilities, and generally have expectations of actual residents. Time to chose. Either you're part of the community in every way or get your hand out of our pocket.

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