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The state of the salmon population in Idaho’s Snake River was the topic of a passionate discussion during a conference hosted by members of Idaho’s Nez Perce Indian tribe over the weekend.

Members of Idaho’s Nez Perce tribe are concerned about their treaty rights under a new president. That was the topic of the day at a conference that opened Friday in Lewiston, Idaho.

Three Rivers Hospital

Scott Graham, the CEO of Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, Washington, talks with Doug Nadvornick about running a rural hospital when a time when small-town hospitals are struggling. We ask him about how the Affordable Care Act has changed taking care of patients in rural areas. This is our full interview with him. A condensed version appears in this week's "Inland Journal."

A state Supreme court decision Thursday gives a Washington tribe the right to transport goods and services across state lines without taxation. Attorneys and tribal members said the case is a win on the side of tribal sovereignty.

Education advocates made their case for increased school funding in front of Oregon lawmakers Thursday. The subcommittee that focuses on education heard testimony from people who want lawmakers to boost K-12 funding from the $7.8 billion proposed in a preliminary budget framework.