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On March 10, 2006, the United Nations assailed the United States for denying the natives of the Boise Valley their traditional rights to an oval of sagebrush that spanned the desert corners of four western states. Already Congress had offered $140 million for 27 million acres in four western states. "The fight is not over," said Raymond Yowell of Elko, a cattleman descended from Shoshone-Paiutes who never agreed to relinquish their land. "You cannot sell out a nation. The [settlement offer] does nothing to change our inherent rights."

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This document was originally published in Boise @ One Five Zero: Essays and Poems from the City of Trees by Donning Company Publishers, edited and compiled for the Boise City Department of Arts & History. Copyright restrictions may apply.

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