The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation recently received $896,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop standardized plastic ID cards for tribal members, according to Wenatchee World.
The grant was the fourth largest amount of 24 total grants that totaled $10 million. It will provide a clear-cut solution for Colville members who have had trouble crossing the U.S. border into Canada because they have been required to show a passport to gain entry.
With the new plastic IDs, which will be developed in conjunction with Homeland Security requirements, the tribal members will be able to visit family living in Canada with little trouble, the report relays.
As a way of supporting the use of ID cards instead of passports, the Colville tribe hosted a peaceful protest last year near the Nighthawk border crossing.
Canada has been a pioneer when it comes to border and immigration control. The country was one of the first to adopt a biometric passport for enhanced security, which has now caught on in many countries, especially those in the European Union.
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