Two state officials have been appointed to negotiate with the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe over the tribe's claim to the bed and banks of most of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
The state Land Board was advised Tuesday that the tribe, through attorney Raymond Givens of Coeur d'Alene, claim that an 1873 executive order gave the tribe control of all of the lake except its northern tip, plus lake banks.It was a claim first raised in the 1970s but never resolved.
"I understand the state of Idaho claims ownership of these same waters," the letter from Givens said. "Various events now require that the Coeur d'Alene Tribe quiet its title to these waters. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is prepared to file suit to do so."
Givens said the Coeur d'Alene Tribe has a claim pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking royalties from Washington Water Power's hydroelectric dam on the Spokane River at Post Falls and the tribe's lake rights need to be clarified for that proceeding.