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Coeur d'Alene Tribe to Host ATNI Conference

PLUMMER, Idaho - The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is hosting the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians mid-year conference at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel next week.

The conference starts Monday and runs through Thursday is expected to draw hundreds of tribal leaders from Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada and Washington.

Tribal leaders will discuss a myriad of issues, including economic development, health care, natural resources, education, trust reform and sovereignty.

Monday's opening ceremony begins at 8 a.m. ATNI delegates will also set its agenda in dealing with the United State Congress. Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador will speak to tribal leaders at 9:30 a.m. Labrador is a member of the House Committee on Indian Affairs.

Monday night, Tony Stewart, director of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations will speak at banquet about civil rights and the challenges Native Americans face in today's world.

On Tuesday at noon, Gonzaga University Men's Basketball coach Mark Few will speak about leadership in the casino events center. Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m., Rep. Bob Nonini will be giving a talk about the relationship between tribes and state government. Nonini is the chairman of the Idaho Council on Indian Affairs.

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