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Report: Spokane Tribal Leader Cited For Poaching

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The vice chairman of the Spokane Tribe of Indians has been cited for poaching bison north of Yellowstone National Park in February.
    
Citing court records, the Spokesman-Review reported Sunday that 41-year-old Rodney W. Abrahamson was cited in Montana for five misdemeanors, including hunting out of season, taking game out of season and obstructing an investigation. He was fined nearly $3,500.
    
Abrahamson was hunting with members of the Nez Perce Tribe near Gardiner, Mont., in February. The Nez Perce Tribe holds an annual bison hunt outside the national park where the animals are protected. Nez Perce members have hunting rights protected by treaty.
    
Sam Sheppard with Montana's Fish, Wildlife and Parks says Abrahamson is not a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, and the Spokane Tribe does not have bison hunting rights in Montana.
    
Attempts by the newspaper to reach Abrahamson and another tribal leader were unsuccessful last week. A listed number rang unanswered Sunday.
   

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