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By Kate Prengaman
The Yakima Herald Tribune 

Yakama Nation wins ground on retrocession


In a move long sought by the Yakama Nation, federal officials Monday approved returning authority to the tribe for certain civil and criminal cases involving tribal members that have been handled by the state for decades.

“It is truly a great day for the Yakama people,” said Tribal Council Chairman JoDe Goudy in a statement. “For decades, our nation has been denied basic rights of self-governance within our own lands. Today makes an important step toward righting that wrong.”

The move was also praised as a victory for tribal sovereignty by the head of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, which granted the tribe’s petition.

However, Yakima County officials remain concerned that...

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