The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has signed an accord with Washington state, paving the way for cooperation between the two parties. The Umatillas signed the...

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SQUAXIN ISLAND — The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has signed an accord with Washington state, paving the way for cooperation between the two parties.

The Umatillas signed the accord Thursday following the annual meeting between Gov. Gary Locke and tribes, the tribes announced in a news release yesterday.

The accord was modeled after similar agreements reached by the state and federally recognized tribes within the state. The agreements formalize the commitment by tribes and the state to work on a government-to-government basis.

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The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho also was a party to the new accord, the Umatillas said.

The Umatillas retain and exercise rights to resources in Washington state under an 1855 treaty.