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October 7, 2003

Spokane tribe seeks damages for dam

SPOKANE (AP) -- The Spokane Tribe of Indians has asked Congress for tens of millions of dollars to compensate for lands flooded and salmon runs destroyed when Grand Coulee Dam was built in the 1930s.

Speaking to House and Senate committees Thursday in Washington, D.C., Warren Seyler, chairman of the tribe's business council said the Spokanes are closely tied to their neighbors, the Colville Confederated Tribes, which were awarded about $53 million by Congress in 1994.

Bills sponsored by Rep. George Nethercutt, R-Wash., and Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both D-Wash., would give the Spokanes about $80 million.

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