Lake County, tribes at odds over access to construction site

BIG ARM — When Lori Lundeen arrived at her property here earlier this week, she found her path blocked.

In April, Lundeen broke ground for a 60-lot RV park overlooking Flathead Lake. Several trucks, excavators and backhoes were working to get the first phase ready by July. But on Monday, employees from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Tribal Land Department gated off the access road she and the construction team had used.

“I showed up at my construction site, Wild Horse RV Resort, and found them putting posts in and a 16-foot gate,” she said.

The Lake County approval process had Lundeen convinced that the routes leading into the resort were county rights-of-way. But the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes maintained that they weren’t, and this week took action to close them off — much to Lundeen’s chagrin.

“I just can’t believe

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