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J4 news puBCication o f the r Saiisfi and ‘Kootenai ‘Tribes SS n . of the Jiathead Indian Keservation Chief Charlo o f the Salish VOLUME 17, NUMBER 29 C h ief Kooslatah o f the Kootenai DECEMBER 7,1988 THE TRAPP NG MONTH Opposition greets news of hunting ‘Brother Grizzly* PABLO — The common thread at this Monday’s public hearing on pro posed changes to Tribal Ordinance 44D was: “It’s obscene and disgusting to even be considering allowing grizzly bears to be hunted under Tribal law.” The hearing was called to discuss a number of proposed hunting and fishing policy changes, including the possibil ity of allowing limited taking of grizzly bears and bighorn sheep, which is now prohibited under Tribal, but not state, law. While the 60 or so in attendance didn ’ t have all that much to say about the bighorn sheep proposal (“I don’t know anyone who likes mutton around here anyway,” Mike Durglo commented), all but one speaker expressed intense dis agreement with the grizzly proposal, either from a cultural standpoint, or based on biology. Ron Therriault pointed out that Tribal Council sanctioning of even limited grizzly bear hunting would be a reversal of the Tribes’ policy of resource protec tion. The Tribes is on record, he said, as being a leader in conservation matters, as evidenced by the Mission Wilder ness, the Class 1 air quality designation, its nuclear-free zone proclamation, and various hunting closures designed to protect fragile wildlife populations in some areas of the Reservation. It’s obscene to even be thinking about hunting grizzlies, he said. “It’s not man’s God-given right to kill every thing that moves, just for the sake of blowing something away,” he asserted. Tony Incashola, Salish Culture Com mittee member, agreed, and passed along the comments of elders who had met earlier in the day in St. Ignatius. Incashola said Indians have “a great respect for this powerful animal”. Three After viewing a report prepared by the federal Government Accounting Office, Rep. Pat Williams, D-Mont., says that counties near reservations would suffer \enormous financial diffi culty\ if federal money was cut off to the tribes. In an interview with the Associated Press, Williams said \Because of the federal deficit, there has been and will continue to be a serious effort in Wash ington to unload what have been federal responsibilities onto local taxpayers.\ Several proposals have been made in recent years by Montanans - most seri ously, the National Association of Counties - to end the reservation system. elders — Agnes Kenmille, Agnes Van- derburg and Bud Bamaby— asked him to speak for them in expressing their dis agreement. “Agnes Kenmille said the grizzly is our king,” Incashola said. “His power is like that of the eagle. Agnes Vanderburg said if people begin bothering the griz zly, there will be trouble. Bud Bamaby said there’s no reason at all to be hunting for the sake of just taking trophies.” (Concludes on the next page) Many members of Congress have indi cated to Williams that supporters of the idea are increasing their efforts. The study by GAO was requested by Williams \to determine what the effect would be of shifting a 50-year federal burden to the localities.\ A 47- page report resulted from the study that shows both state and county govern ments would have to spend millions of additional dollars to provide services the reservations now provide. At the request of Williams and Sen. John Melcher, D-Mont., the GAO ex amined funding associated with the Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Fort Belknap and (Concludes on the next page) Local governments would suffer at loss of reservations