Former Yakama officials question tribe's spending
The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that Robert Ramirez, the tribe's former deputy director who oversaw social services, documented a pattern of favoritism over many years in which people working in a program designed to serve children in foster care awarded themselves and family members state-provided dollars.
He says payments averaged about $200 apiece but often went higher and occurred more than once a year
A tribal leader said the tribe investigated the complaints but found nothing amiss.
But the state Department of Social and Health Services says an investigation has been launched.
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