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Tribal court dismisses suit seeking rest of $193 million settlement

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NESPELEM — A tribal court this week rejected an attempt by Colville tribal members to compel their council to distribute the rest of a $193 million settlement to members.

On Tuesday, Colville Tribal Chief Judge Cynthia Jordan dismissed a complaint filed in May by Yvonne L. Swan and Colville Members for Justice. The judge ruled the tribal court lacked jurisdiction.

“I’m disheartened, but I’m not surprised,” Swan said on Thursday.

Finalized in May, the settlement compensates the tribe for mismanagement…

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