Rep. Mosbrucker in town, comments on Yakama Nation boundary decision

Rep. Mosbrucker in town, comments on Yakama Nation boundary decision

State Representative Gina Mosbrucker was in town Friday to discuss House Bill 1533, which requires information about domestic violence be provided in the workplace.

A new poster unveiled Friday highlighting the domestic violence hotline will be distributed throughout the state. She said it will serve as a tool to break the silence surrounding domestic violence.

She said she’s also working on creating a shelter in Klickitat County for victims of domestic violence.

KAPP-KVEW also asked her about the federal court decision ruling over the long-disputed 121,465 acres of land in the southwest corner of Yakama Nation that now belongs to the tribe.

The decision came Wednesday in the long-fought case of Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation v. Klickitat County, affirming the reservation status of the corner of the Yakama Reservation known as Tract-D that includes Mt. Adams and the Glenwood Valley.

She said since the decision is still so new, a lot of things are up in the air, but she’s working with her team to figure out what the next steps are.

“My family has 40 acres in Tract-D so I am very close to this issue. I understand the treaty rights, I also understand people that have lived there for life and for generations,” said Mosbrucker. “So we’re hoping to have a meeting to see what that looks and to see how this is going to be interpreted. Respecting both sides of course.”

She said the meeting will likely take place in Glenwood valley with landowners to further discuss what this court decision means.