• Quinault Tribe challenges leadership, while leadership challenges U.S. President

    QUINAULT, Wash. – The Quinault Indian Nation will vote on a recall of their President, Fawn Sharp and three other members of the tribal Business Committee next week. The tribe’s newspaper the Nugguam, states that “A petition to recall Sharp, along with Vice President Andrew Mail, Treasurer Larry Ralston and Secretary Latosha Underwood was signed by at least fifty (50) qualified voters and filed with the Quinault Business Committee.
    Tribal members who have spearheaded the vote cite issues with money, land, and legal management of the nation. The special general council meeting will be held in the Taholah School gymnasium for “Enrolled Quinault Tribal Members Only” on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.
    Meanwhile Sharp plans to challenge U.S. President Barack Obama (and his administration) to keep his promises to American Indian Nations at his 5th annual meeting with hundreds of tribal leaders from across the country on November 13 in Washington D.C.. A press release from President Sharp said she will call for an intergovernmental dialogue to back up his often stated commitment to strengthen nation-to-nation relations.
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  • Aberdeen Liquor Store Sells to Interesting Buyer

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The rights to Aberdeen’s only independent liquor Store sold for just over $95-thousand, and the winning bidder, is a Quinault Indian Nation executive.
    Myrna Figg, Accounting Manager for the Nation is listed as the winning bidder for the Aberdeen location on Heron street.

    When contacted, Figg replied that “The Quinault Nation policy is the Quinault Nation President is the spokesperson for the media.” President Fawn Sharp was unavailable for comment this morning.

    The state Liquor Control Board announced on Monday the winners for exclusive rights to apply for liquor licenses at each store’s current location. The properties will be exempt from a new law that requires new liquor stores to measure 10,000 square feet or more.

    The winning bidders still need to secure a lease with the landlord because the state does not own the individual properties. If they can’t get a lease, they can sell the rights or apply for a liquor license at a different location within a mile of the existing store. The state’s new privatization law goes into effect June 1st.

    The Ocean Shores store sold for $205,000.00, all other stores in Grays Harbor county are contracted, and were not included in the auction of 167 stores statewide.

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