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Seeking equality for tribal governments, a lobbyist from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe encouraged the Legislature on Monday to halt counties’ taxation of reservation land. Helo Hancock, addressing the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, spoke in support of a bill that would make tribal government land exempt from property taxes. House Bill 140 will next move into a hearing, said Coeur d’Alene Tribe spokeswoman Heather Keen. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s position, Keen said, is that tribal land should be treated the same as property owned by other government entities in Idaho.