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It was a long floor session for members of the House of Representatives, with lawmakers talking of biases, prejudices, and racism attached to a bill that would have given tribal deputies the power to enforce state law.  The measure failed on the floor on a 34-35 count, with temporary Rep. Cam Wheeler, R-Grace, casting the deciding vote. Rep. Mack Shirley,…

A plan to give tribal deputies the power to enforce state law is receiving another introductory hearing, this time in a new arena. The bill, brainchild of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, was introduced last week in the House State Affairs Committee, but the tribe’s lobbyist, Bill Roden, said wording in the original legislation needed tightening, thereby necessitating a re-draft of…

Members of the House State Affairs Committee introduced legislation Thursday that will allow Native American tribes to essentially deputize their law enforcement officers according to Idaho peace officer standards. The bill centers on a dispute between the Coeur d’Alene tribe and Benewah County in north Idaho.  The tribe’s land overlaps Benewah County, but the two entities cannot agree how law…

Democrats gathered at the Coeur d'Alene Casino near Worley ended the weekend's events with a bang Saturday night at a gala banquet which featured Native American traditional dance presentations, speeches by several Democratic candidates, and a keynote address given by former Congressman Pat Williams, who represented the state of Montana for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Jim…

The Coeur D'Alene Tribe and Benewah County officials have reached an agreement, in principle, that has satisfied both groups  and has led lawmakers to hold House Bill 500, which would have forced them to work together to solve a cross-deputization issue. The dispute over jurisdiction for tribal officers comes from just south of Coeur D’Alene, where the Coeur D’Alene Indian…