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ATNI: Katie Johnson Talks to the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians Conference about Children's Vision Issues and How They Affect Reading Skills - At the conference of the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians (ATNI) on February 19, 2014, Katie Johnson and Helen Spencer presented tribal leaders with information about how children's undetected vision issues directly impact their success in school and in life.
Chinook: Dolores Joan Turner, 83 - Dolores Turner left this life on August 11 at the age of 83. She was born April 15, 1930, in Everett, Washington.
Clatsop-Nehalem: Proposed center offers abundant lessons - Located on the south side of Ecola Creek, the property, before it became a school site, once supported a village of the Clatsop and Nehalem tribal members. In what seems to be rather sudden for a city that usually likes to take its time to make land-use decisions, there’s a push to create a Clatsop-Nehalem interpretive center there.
Clatsop-Nehalem: Tentative details unveiled for cultural center - The city of Cannon Beach is seeking a grant from the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department to purchase the vacant school buildings, located on the south end of the property, from the Seaside School District.
Clatsop-Nehalem: Cannon Beach City Council OKs grant to acquire more school property - With an April 4 submission deadline looming, the Cannon Beach City Council, at its Tuesday meeting, authorized the city staff to apply for an Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department grant. If approved, the grant would allow the city to purchase the southern portion of the abandoned Cannon Beach Elementary School site, where the school buildings stand.
Coeur d'Alene: Tribe donates $1.2M for education - Idaho educators have received $1.2 million in funding from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to support a variety of educational efforts.
Coeur d'Alene: Tribe makes good on promise to support education - Video - When the Coeur d’Alene Resort and Casino was built nearly two decades ago, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe made a promise. It was a promise to support education and a promise they are proud to have kept.
Coeur d'Alene: Youth club gym named after Tribe - The club's gym is now officially named after the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, which fulfilled the second half of a $100,000 pledge toward the club on Monday. A sign that states, "This is a safe place to grow and learn," in both English and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe language was unveiled above the gym doors.
Coeur d'Alene: StoryCatcher project aims to capture stories of city and its citizens - When Coeur d'Alene Public Library visitors walk into the Lodge of the Storyteller, they enter a small room painted in floor-to-ceiling murals. Against the deep blues and greens of wilderness settings, guests see the wolf, eagle, salmon and other creatures that have earned their places in the mythology of Native American storytelling.
Coeur d'Alene: Blending of cultures teaches us not to take things at face value - When I attend pow wows, I feel the connection to my mother’s world, a world of native culture and traditions. As a member of the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe that was the world she knew while growing up. It is a world centered on the spiritual balances of the Earth and our people.
Coeur d'Alene: Circling Raven honored as a 'Best Course' in Idaho by Golfweek - Circling Raven Golf Club - the highly acclaimed, amenity course of Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort - was named the No. 3 course in Idaho by Golfweek in its annual "America's Best Courses You Can Play" by state rankings.
Colville: Tribes plan $40 million casino at Omak - The Colville Confederated Tribes plan to build a $40 million casino resort near Omak. Tribal Chairman Michael Finley says it would be twice the size of the current Mill Bay Casino in Manson and replace the tribes' Okanogan Bingo Casino.
Colville: Tribes plans $40 million casino, resort - It will be the Okanogan Valley’s first major destination resort, and will not only provide jobs, but could bring annual meetings or other gatherings to the area, said Roni Holder-Diefenbach, executive director of the Economic Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes economic development in the county.
Colville: Father and son now represent tribes' Omak District - Voters in the Colville Tribes’ Omak District Sunday voted in a longtime member to fill a vacancy on the Colville Business Council, seating him next to his son, whom they had voted in for another vacancy March 1. Mel Tonasket, a one-time chair of the CBC, garnered 79 of 172 votes, according to a tribal press release issued Tuesday. His son, Richard Tonasket was chosen earlier for the first of two seats recently vacated as one member resigned and the council expelled another.
Colville: Why Native Americans have special respect for gravesites - For untold generations, stories circulated about our ancestors’ campgrounds in East Wenatchee. My dad, Moses, felt drawn there, so we moved to Grant Road and Kentucky Street. Much later, in 1987, 13,000-year-old Clovis spear points were discovered near Grant Road. The find included mammoth bone tools and evidence of giant sloths, camels, large bison and mastodon now extinct. The descendants of those people survived just like the Native Americans of today. Are they related?
Colville: Tribal council doing as it pleases - I have rarely aired my opinion in the newspapers regarding the events of the Colville Confederated Tribes. I’ve always felt that “we” needed to take care of and keep our own house clean. However, some very serious occurrences have happened recently that show we need to speak up and address the issues now, however we can.
Colville: Omak casino construction to start this spring - The Colville Tribes new Omak casino could open as early as May or June in 2015, according to Colville Tribal Federal Corporation’s chief executive, Joe Pakootas. Pakootas said final planning could occur this week and it was hoped that the project could get underway in April or early May. Pakootas said that the casino would take about 12 months to complete.
Colville: Tribal Leader To Challenge McMorris Rodgers For Congressional Seat - A Native American is the newest challenger in the race for the Congressional seat currently held by Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Joe Pakootas, CEO for the Colville Federal Tribal Corporation and former tribal chairman, has announced his intention to run as a Democrat in the race against Republican Rep. Rodgers.
Colville: Inspiring Native Children - "You won’t amount to anything." "You’ll never be able to do it, so why try?" These are just a few of the thoughts that were embedded in my mind as I searched to find my way as the only Native student amongst a student body of hundreds, a stark contrast from my life on the reservation.
Colville: Omak members to help select new tribal council member - Meeting last Friday, the Colville Business Council unanimously decided to give the voting members of the Omak District two weeks to work on developing recommendations to present to the Council for filling the recently vacated Council position in that district, the Colville Tribes announced Tuesday.
Coquille: Lack of evidence led to suspected killer's release - The man suspected of a crime spree last week that left a Northern California sheriff's deputy dead had been jailed in Oregon two weeks earlier but was released for lack of evidence and manpower in the local district attorney's office.
Coquille: Wasson was well-known UO, tribal figure - George Wasson — a retired University of Oregon administrator and professor who is believed to have been the first victim of a younger acquaintance’s crime spree on Wednesday — had a long history of involvement with both his alma mater and the Coquille Indian Tribe. One of Wasson’s most ambitious efforts was the launching of the Southwest Oregon Research project, which compiled thousands of documents that detail tribal history in Oregon between the early 1800s and the mid-1900s.
Coquille: ORCCA welcomes tribal grant - On behalf of the ORCCA board, staff and families served, thank you to the Coquille Tribal Community Fund board of trustees for your generous grants totaling $19,000 to the following ORCCA programs: South Coast Food Share, CASA of Coos County and Share Bear Snack Pack.
Coquille: Judge suggests logging suit stop - A federal magistrate judge has recommended that a challenge to a series of timber sales in the Coast Range be thrown out. If upheld, the decision would allow the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to begin logging on more than 500 acres of forest that includes some spotted owl habitat. The sales would take place over 10 years and produce a cut of about 14 million board feet of timber.
Coquille-Umpqua: Tribal casino - Medford's KTVL-TV has a story about the controversial proposal by southern Oregon's Coquille tribe to develop what's known as a Class II casino in Medford. It's being opposed by the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe and by various elected officials, up to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. Both Oregon senators also have come out against the proposal.
Cowlitz: ‘Totems of September’ – A novel of loss, healing and redemption - “Totems of September,” a poignant, descriptive story of four generations of LaFleur women, uses the Native American storytelling tradition of circles on circles and lives on lives. The book was co-authored by Dr. Robin LaDue, Emmy nominated and award-winning author of the “Journey through the Healing Circle” books and video, and a Cowlitz native; and local writer Mary Kay Voss.
Totems of September Native American Emmy-nominated author Robin LaDue and journalist Mary Kay Voss use the Native American storytelling tradition of circles on circles and lives on lives. It is interspersed with the culture of the Northwest and Plains tribes through the use of animal legends and myths. | Read More
Culture: Students carry forth tradition at Generations Rising - The Hazel Pete Institute of Chehalis Basketry keeps the traditions alive through the collaboration of local artisans. Her legacy compels us to preserve and strengthen the traditions of Indian Arts, while her dedication to the arts and education inspire us to keep moving forward and optimizing our time and abilities.
Culture: Washington tribes have donated $560,000 for the relief effort - The Snoqualmie Tribe said on Friday it will donate $275,000, with funds going to the Darrington, Arlington and Oso fire departments, Red Cross, Cascade Valley Relief Foundation and K-9 efforts. Tulalip Tribes donated $150,000, with $100,000 going to Red Cross of Snohomish County and $50,000 to the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation. The Stillaguamish Tribe donated $100,000, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community donated $30,000 and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe donated $5,000.
Culture: Tribal, archaeological sites receive protection - A bill protecting the locations of tribal burial grounds and other archaeological sites awaits the governor's signature to become law. The legislation, which makes information about the locations of archaeological resources unavailable to the public through public records requests, was passed unanimously by the House with 47 votes in favor and two opposed in the Senate.
Culture: Native American storytelling in Sultan Apr. 5 - Northwest Heritage Resources presents a performance of Native American storytelling on Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Sultan City Hall Community Meeting Room, 319 Main St.
Duwamish: Tribe claims their cultural artifacts have been confiscated by the Port of Seattle - The Duwamish Tribe would like its cultural artifacts back. Last July, the Burke Museum was paid by the Port of Seattle to confiscate $800 worth of Duwamish cultural artifacts on display at the Duwamish Longhouse & Center. The artifacts were from the Duwamish #1 Archeological Site, an old Duwamish camp and village site across the street from the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center. The tribe received a call from the Burke Museum on Feb. 27 that the artifacts will be given to the Muckleshoot Tribe in Auburn.
Fisheries: Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River - Once upon a time, salmon and steelhead swam over a thousand miles upriver to the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River, at the foot of the Rockies in British Columbia. Those epic migrations ended in 1938 with the construction of Grand Coulee Dam.
Fisheries: Hatcheries make for happy anglers, but at what cost to wild fish? - As scientists uncover the damage that captive-bred fish can inflict on wild ecosystems, it’s becoming clear that, used unwisely, hatcheries can yield more costs than benefits.
Fisheries: Tribes talk salmon, dams as Columbia River Treaty renewal looms - Northwest tribes and their Canadian counterparts are meeting in Spokane this week to discuss engineering solutions for getting salmon over Grand Coulee Dam.
Gaming: Five Major Indian Gaming Issues To Watch In 2014 - The new year is well under way, and any number of Indian gaming issues will be debated over the next 10 months. The resolution or nonresolution of some of them could have significant and long-lasting impacts for Indian Country in general and tribal gaming in particular. High on anyone's list of issues to watch are five that are in active discussion and even controversy.
Government: 'Cobell' Dishonored by Interior's Buy-Back Plan - The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Indian Land Buy Back Program has been lauded as the “hallmark” of the $3.4 billion Cobell v. Salazar settlement. As the Buy Back Program now lifts off in hurried fashion at Makah and Pine Ridge, the program dishonors both the letter and spirit of Cobell. Cobell settled more than 500,000 tribal members’ trust land and asset mismanagement claims, dating back to the 1890s. Not tribal government claims; tribal member claims. Now, copy.9 billion in tribal member settlement monies has been allocated to help tribes “buy back” those members’ allotted or restricted fee lands. In practice, these “buy backs” are accomplished through the forced sale of tribal members’ ancestral lands.
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The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast he gripping story of the geological discoveries—and the scientists who uncovered them—that signal the imminence of a catastrophic tsunami on the Northwest Coast. | Read More
Grand Ronde: Tribal Council Will Decide Disenrollment Cases - The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde has moved another step closer to the possible disenrollment of an entire family that traces its lineage back to one of the founders of the modern tribe.
Grand Ronde: Father, Son Team Answers Call of the Wild. Specifically, Elk - “It’s thrilling to make the call and an elk shows up. But it is challenging to get that close to those big animals,” said Bryan, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde who has hunted elk for 25 years using a bow and arrow, and works as the tribe’s higher education manger.
History: The Etymology of ‘Yelm’ and Mount ‘Rainier’ - Over the years this area was referenced as Yellem, Fort Stevens (named after the blockhouse built during the fighting in the 1850s), Yelm Prairie, and after the railroad came through — Yelm Station, and eventually simply Yelm. The origins of the word were a matter of speculation for decades.
Jamestown S’Klallam: Bremerton School Board rejects providing Internet for all students - On March 20, 2014, the School Board voted to reject a contract with Jamestown Networks, a business of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s economic development arm. Under the agreement, JNET would have installed and maintained a system to blanket the entire district with high-speed Internet access, tapping into Kitsap Public Utility District’s fiber optic network.
Jamestown S’Klallam-Port Gamble S’Klallam-Suquamish-Tulalip: Feds license PUD’s tidal power project - EVERETT — The Snohomish County Public Utility District on Thursday received federal approval for plans to place two large turbines on the sea floor off Whidbey Island. The Tulalip Indian Tribes, the Suquamish Tribe and the Point No Point Treaty Council, representing the Port Gamble and Jamestown S’Klallam tribes, opposed the project, saying the turbines posed a risk to fish and fishing nets and would force the state to close the area to fishing.
Jamestown S'Klallam: Foundation's heart luncheon raises record amount - The Olympic Medical Center Foundation's Red, Set, Go! Heart Luncheon raised a record amount of funds, the foundation's executive director said. The foundation fundraiser presented by the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe at the Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles drew more than 270 people and raised its highest net total ever — more than $52,000, said Bruce Skinner, foundation executive director.
Jamestown S’Klallam: MAC sets totem carving talk, tour - For the last quarter-century, the heritage-rich artwork of master carver Dale Faulstich has towered above Clallam County in the hand-carved totem poles that stand at Jamestown S’Klallam tribal enterprises in Blyn and beyond.
Karuk-Yurok: Tribe leaders lauded for broadband project - Karuk and Yurok tribe leaders were honored on Thursday for their tireless efforts to bring broadband Internet service to rural Northern Humboldt by a nonprofit that supports broadband deployment projects in California.
Karuk: Siskiyou public speaks out on proposed Karuk casino - Siskiyou citizens took to the Miner’s Inn Convention Center Tuesday to voice their opinions on the Karuk Tribe’s proposed Yreka casino and help drive the board of supervisors’ negotiations with the tribe.
Karuk: Casino is topic of special county meeting - Through two phases, the Karuk Tribe is proposing to build a casino with 800 gaming machines, two restaurants, a casino bar, an 80-room hotel and 723 parking spaces, according to the release. In 2012, the National Indian Gaming Commission determined that 200 acres of Karuk trust lands located near the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds were eligible to be used for tribal gaming. Last December, Governor Jerry Brown signed a compact between the State of California and the Karuk Tribe which specifies the terms under which a casino may be built. The compact is still subject to ratification by the California Legislature, the release states.
Karuk-Yurok: Tribe leaders lauded for broadband project; technology will be brought to rural Humboldt communities - Karuk and Yurok tribe leaders were honored on Thursday for their tireless efforts to bring broadband Internet service to rural Northern Humboldt by a nonprofit that supports broadband deployment projects in California.
Karuk: Dwinnell Dam - For the record, Felice Pace still does not have his facts completely straight regarding the Karuk and Klamath Riverkeeper settlement over Dwinnell Dam on the Shasta River. It’s not like Klamath Riverkeeper or Karuk Tribe has a monopoly on campaigns to save the Klamath –the fish need all the help they can get!
Klamath: Tribes And Ranchers Seek Water Solutions In New Agreement - An agreement announced Wednesday between ranchers and Native American tribes seeks to resolve contentious water rights issues in the Klamath Basin, a drought-ridden region spanning southern Oregon and northern California. Comment: There are two developments that will have a major impact on fresh water access during the coming years. First, a huge reservoir of fresh water has been discovered off the west coast, fresh water that has been there for millennia, and it is in danger of being contaminated by oil drillers. Second, graphene water filters, which can turn toxic sludge into potable water with very little effort. Within about ten years expect to see desalination plants using graphene filters to convert sea water to fresh water.
Klamath: Tribal vote due soon - Klamath Tribes members and upper Basin farmers and ranchers have recently met in a series of separate forums to learn the details of the Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement released earlier this month. According to the agreement, 30,000 acre-feet of water must be permanently retired by upper Basin landowners. The water will provide increased flows in upper Basin tributaries. If conditions of the water program and an additional riparian management program are met, the Klamath Tribes agree to guarantee water to irrigators at levels based on instream flows specified in the agreement.
Klamath: Upper Basin water users reach historic pact - The upper Klamath Basin irrigators, ranchers, the Klamath Tribes and the state announced a comprehensive agreement on water management in the upper Basin today that will help move forward proposed congressional legislation to resolve water disputes in the entire Basin.
Law: Boldt decision paved way for useful new alliances - By standing up for themselves, tribal fishermen gave a voice to restoration advocates of all races
Law: Federal opinion backs tribe's claims - A legal opinion issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior on what it means to be under federal jurisdiction bolsters the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's claims that a high court ruling does not apply to its plans for a $500 million casino in Taunton.
Lower Elwha Klallam-Makah: Caravans of volunteers plant mixture of trees along Hoko River - More than 75 volunteers planted some 6,000 trees and shrubs on a 1,500-foot stretch of Hoko River banks in one day. The Makah sent a crew of nine and provided technical support for project planning. The Lower Elwha Klallam tribe brought a large group, too, including a seasoned Washington Conservation Corps crew that took a day out of its Elwha River restoration planting schedule.
Lower Elwha Klallam: Casino anniversary bash - March 28th marks five years since the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe opened Elwha River Casino.
Lower Elwha Klallam: Court Rules That Elwha Hatchery Releases Violate NEPA - “The claim is that the Elwha hatchery is needed to help wild fish recover, but the facts already show something quite different,” said Kurt Beardslee, executive director of Wild Fish Conservancy.
Lower Elwha Klallam: Tribal elder’s condition improves after motorcycle crash - A Lower Elwha tribal elder was upgraded from critical to serious condition at Harborview Medical Center on Sunday, following a February 27, 2014, motorcycle wreck that left him with multiple broken bones. Phillip L. Charles, Jr., 71, a Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe elder and former vice chairman of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Council, was critically injured in the motorcycle accident on state Highway 104.
Lummi: Fire destroys home on Lummi Shore Road - A power strip cord crushed under a couch sparked a fire that destroyed a man's house Wednesday morning, March 26, firefighters said. Comment: Maybe they can replace it with a monolithic dome home, which costs about the same as a stick frame house to build but is fireproof and more energy efficient.
Lummi-Nooksack: Bureaucracy, inefficiency hinder Whatcom watershed planning group - The planning unit brings those who otherwise would have little or no voice into the discussion of how to divvy up the overextended water supply in the Nooksack River basin. State law envisions a role for tribes on the planning unit, but from the beginning Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Tribe decided not to participate. "The longstanding policy of the Lummi Nation is to work in a government-to-government relationship," the Lummi Indian Business Council wrote in an email to The Bellingham Herald. The planning unit mixes governments and nongovernmental groups.
Makah: Archaeologist who unearthed Makah tribal artifacts at Ozette is dead at 91 - Richard Daugherty, the Washington State University archaeologist who led the excavation of the Ozette village site, “the Pompeii of America,” and numerous other key Northwest finds, died Saturday of bone cancer. He was 91.
Makah: Archaeologist who unearthed Makah treasures mourned - Richard Daugherty expected to spend a few months excavating Makah artifacts uncovered by a storm on the North Olympic Peninsula coast in 1970. Instead, he spent 11 years helping the Makah uncover their tribal history from a buried village at Ozette, “the Pompeii of America,” one of the most well-known and nationally significant archaeological discoveries of the past century.
Makah: Edward Claplanhoo’s Lifetime of Service - Three-time Makah Tribal Council Chair Edward Claplanhoo passed away on March 14, 2010. Heart failure was given as the cause.
Modoc: Tribe Seeks Protection For Refuges - Members of the Modoc Nation have requested federal entities to stop pumping water out of the Klamath Basin Refuge Complex because of the ongoing drought. According to Jefferson Greywolf-Kelley, the chief executive of the Modoc Nation, the tribe recently passed a formal resolution on that request. The resolution is intended to raise awareness and to gain support in protecting natural and wildlife resources in the Modoc Northern California and Southern Oregon ancestral lands.
Modoc: Ex-California tribal leader pleads not guilty in killings - The lawyer for the former leader of a small Northern California Indian tribe is asking the community not to prejudge the woman as she faces trial on allegations that she shot and killed four people and tried to kill two others at a tribal meeting considering her eviction.
Muckleshoot: Dairies, ranchers beset by too many elk - Dairy operators and cattle ranchers around Enumclaw and Buckley are increasingly frustrated with a growing elk population consuming grass and corn on their fields intended to feed beef and dairy cows. It’s probably costing about 30 dairies and ranches “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” yet very little has been done about it, says Bill Sylvester, 70, a Buckley rancher and former dairyman. The complex situation stems back to March 2010 when WDFW carved a new game management unit, GMU 6013, out of GMU 652 and designated 6013 for the benefit of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Sylvester said. The new unit consists of some 5,000 acres, half of which is private agricultural land, he said.
Nez Perce: Natural resources director calls Lolo wolf-killing ‘arrogant’ - The first time Nez Perce Tribal Natural Resources Director Aaron Miles heard that the federal government and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game were killing wolves in his backyard was late Friday.
Nez Perce: Woman stabbed man, resisted arrest - Penney Moffett, 40, was charged by Nez Perce Tribal Police with aggravated battery, weapons offense, resisting and obstruction and battery on an officer after an alleged altercation around 7 p.m. Thursday at 911 13th St. in Kamiah, according to police.
Nez Perce: History-making women’s speaker knows power of words - As a CBS senior news correspondent, Hattie Kauffman was known for her gift of storytelling. At Washington State University she again put that gift into action as keynote speaker of the 2014 Annual Women’s Recognition and Symposium.
Nez Perce: Permit to rebuild long house passes - The Nez Perce Long House destroyed by fire the day after Christmas, 2012, will soon be rebuilt. Albert Andrews Redstar, representing the Chief Joseph Long House Redevelopment, proposed replacing the former 70-by-80-foot building with one nearly twice that size, an 11,000-square-foot building. The new building will be located in the same general area as the old building, about a mile south of Nespelem.
Nisqually: Tribe Hosts Opening of New Jail - The newly constructed Nisqually Public Safety Complex is a modern facility steeped in ancient Native American culture. At an opening ceremony for the complex, members of the Nisqually Indian Tribe and its tribal council joined law enforcement officials and the people who helped make the facility a reality to celebrate its opening.
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Nisqually: Salmon, streams and stormwater compatible - The town of Eatonville, with financial backing from the Nisqually Indian Tribe, has a new and improved stormwater management plan that officials say will reduce pollution and protect salmon in nearby rivers. The Nisqually Tribe funded the update as part of a broader project to protect salmon habitat by managing the stormwater that flows out of the town and finds its way into salmon-bearing streams.
Nisqually: Tribe and city agree to cooperate in developing Hawks Prairie - Lacey City Council and Nisqually Council members gathered Tuesday afternoon at the tribe’s council chambers to memorialize a relationship that’s bound to grow as they develop Hawks Prairie.
Nisqually: Cleanup will soon begin on Lacey site formerly owned by Tri Vo - A Bellevue developer and the Nisqually Indian Tribe are set to begin a long-awaited cleanup on a piece of property in Hawks Prairie just north of Interstate 5 and west of Marvin Road.
Nooksack: ‘Nooksack 306’ Wards Off Disenrollment With Multiple Legal Actions - Council members Michelle Roberts and Rudy St. Germaine, along with more than 270 of the members targeted for disenrollment, filed a motion in Nooksack Tribal Court of Appeals February 18 seeking an emergency review of a February 7 order by Nooksack Tribal Court Chief Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis, denying an injunction to stop Council Chairman Robert Kelly and other defendants from removing Roberts and St. Germaine from the council and reinstate them to their elected positions. Montoya-Lewis said the council had the power to remove them and that the court did not have the power to deal with the political aspects of the events.
Nooksack: Interior Department official shows no enthusiasm for intervening in tribal membership disputes - The 306 people facing loss of membership in the Nooksack Indian Tribe have been trying to get the attention of the U.S. Department of the Interior in hopes that the federal agency will intervene to stop, or at least slow down, the effort to remove them. But in a recent interview in the Indian Country Today online newspaper, Interior's assistant secretary for Indian affairs, Kevin Washburn, indicated that he and his department are profoundly reluctant to get involved in deciding tribal membership issues.
Port Gamble S’Klallam: Beloved Heronswood is being restored - Work continues, thanks to the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and volunteers. Also, the Kingston nursery and plantsman Dan Hinkley have been reunited. Hinckley is its part-time director.
Puyallup: Tribe looks for coho family tree - The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is building a library of genetic material from coho salmon to better understand the different populations throughout the Puyallup River watershed.
Puyallup: Tribal delegation meets with Congress - A delegation of Puyallup Tribal Members traveled to Washington, D.C. last month (Feb. 24-28) to meet with members of Congress and President Obama about the Puyallup Tribe's 2014 legislative priorities and to ensure continued funding for the Tribe's critical programs. This important work in D.C. was started many years ago and continues to be carried out today by the current Council and staff.
Puyallup: Next Renovation Phase Brings Changes in Medical - In April, Pediatrics will transition into their new final space at PTHA, while Medical will move into the new addition temporarily. During this time, PTHA patients of all ages may be seen upstairs or downstairs – which will last through the summer. We will do our best to communicate ahead of time, by letter or reminder call, when patients have appointments if they will need to check-in at a different location than usual.
Puyallup: Housing residents look forward to homegrown produce this summer - Children living at the Puyallup Nation Housing Authority's Northeast Apartments spent some time on the first day of spring (Thursday, March 20) preparing soil for several contained gardens they'll be planting soon.
Quinault: Army Corps to fix 600 feet of Taholah seawall - The seawall in Taholah is still standing — for now. The wall sustained damage during a Tuesday storm, and crews will spend the next 48 hours rebuilding about 600 feet of wall, said Brian Stenehjem of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Quinault: Officials say seawall breached at Taholah, declare emergency - The Quinault Indian Nation has declared an emergency for coastal flooding in the lower village of Taholah in coastal Grays Harbor County about 30 miles north of Ocean Shores. The tribe says the seawall was breached Tuesday by pounding waves in high winds. The water estroyed a smokehouse and several outbuildings. Wednesday afternoon, an Army Corps of Engineer official said there wasn't actually a breach, but that others from the Corps would be coming to Taholah to assess the problem.
Snoqualmie: Tribe Donates $275,000 to Landslide Relief - The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe has donated $275,000 to landslide relief efforts, giving $50,000 each to the Darrington, Arlington and Oso fire departments, as well as to the Red Cross, Cascade Valley Relief Foundation and $25,000 to K-9 relief.
Tulalip: Tribes Assist Landslide Relief Effort With Personnel, Donations and Prayers - As the death toll from last Saturday’s devastating landslide in Oso, Washington climbed to 16 and a heartbreaking 90 people remained unaccounted for, Northwest tribes stepped forward with donations, personnel assistance and steady prayer.
Sauk-Suiattle: A brief history of Darrington and Oso - Darrington is located 74 miles northeast of Seattle, nestled in the Cascade foothills along the Sauk River. It’s home to 1,405 people, but serves an additional 1,200 people in surrounding areas. The valley was first settled by the Sauk-Suiattle tribe. The discovery of gold in the late 1800’s brought prospectors into the region, followed by loggers.
Siletz: Tribe donates to mid-valley agencies - Nine organizations from the mid-valley are among 37 agencies to receive donations from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund in February. The fund distributes money to nonprofit groups each quarter. The latest donations totaled $78,047.86. Since it began donating in 2001, the Siletz Tribe has contributed over $8.4 million to agencies throughout it’s 11-county service area.
Siletz: Something to Smile About - Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay recently delivered dental kits to all Lincoln County School District students in kindergarten through sixth grades. The “Something to Smile About” dental program, now in its eighth year, is made possible with help from the Siletz Tribe Charitable Contribution Fund and the Rotary Club of Newport.
Skokomish: Denny Hurtado to receive UW’s 2014 Odegaard Award - Denny Hurtado, former chair of the Skokomish Tribe and retired director of Indian Education for the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the 2014 recipient of the University of Washington Charles E. Odegaard Award.
Sovereignty: Anti-Indian CERA Doesn’t Like the Law of the Land in United States, or Us, Apparently - The Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA) took its anti-Indian rhetoric to Washington State last spring in a follow-up to the Lummi Nation’s opposition to the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point in northwest Washington.
Sovereignty: Indigenous sovereignty relies on entrepreneurship - Entrepreneurship has an important role to play if Indigenous communities are to become sustainable sovereign communities, says Robert J. Miller. “To truly make reserves and reservations sustainable homelands for tribal nations and cultures, we need to create economies that will develop living-wage jobs and adequate housing so that native families can live on their reserves if they wish,” says Miller.
Spokane: Tribe official to discuss Lake Roosevelt walleye fishery - Some anglers blame state and tribal fish management for the demise of the lake's walleye fishery, but biologists say the walleye have been overpopulated.
Squaxin: Local Woman’s Tea Company Takes Off - shelton dental centerIladee King takes a canister from her bag and sets it on the table. The lid opens with a satisfying “pop.” Inside are thousands of rice sized tea leaves. A deep scent of apricots and peaches rises to the top. Mixed in with the leaves are chunks of dried fruit. Two years later King got a phone call. Her niece had just stayed the night at Little Creek and wasn’t impressed with their tea selection. “She told me, ‘you’ve got to get your tea in there,’” says King. So, she scheduled a meeting. King, who is a member of the Squaxin Island Tribe, met with the manager. “I went in with 15 teas,” says King. “The first two she opened, she smelled those teas and said ‘we’ll take those for the rooms.’”
Suquamish: Reservation grows for first time in 150 years - The Port Madison Reservation has expanded for the first time in 150 years. The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced Friday the expansion, which includes the remaining portion of White Horse Golf Course, a green belt and walking trail.
Suquamish: BIA approves addition of White Horse Golf Course to Port Madison Indian Reservation - The Port Madison Indian Reservation has been expanded by 283 acres to include all of White Horse Golf Course. The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced the change in a proclamation issued Feb. 28. It’s the first expansion of the reservation since 1864 and is another step in the Suquamish Tribe’s efforts to reacquire land lost during the allotment era.
Suquamish: Bremerton sues Callow Avenue fireworks stand - City officials will try to shut down a long-running Callow Avenue fireworks stand they say "threatens the safety and welfare of the public" by operating outside of local code and state law, according to a lawsuit filed in Kitsap County Superior Court. The stand, at 1321 N. Callow Ave., sits on federal "land in trust," similar to a tribal reservation, and its owners have maintained they fall under the jurisdiction of the Suquamish Tribe for permits and regulations.
Tulalip: Boards of Marysville School District, Tulalip Tribes meet - Shoring up the struggling students of the Marysville School District was a recurring theme among the many and varied subjects discussed during the Monday, Feb. 24, joint meeting of the respective boards of directors of the Marysville School District and the Tulalip Tribes.
Tulalip: Tribe Donates to Cascade Valley Hospital - The Tulalip Tribe has donated $50,000 via the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation for Oso Landslide Relief.
Tulalip: Tribes, school execs hold joint meeting - The Marysville School District and leaders of the Tulalip Tribes have a tradition of working closely together to benefit all children in the district, and a special joint meeting held Feb. 24 at the Tulalip Administrative Building echoed that theme.
Umatilla: Dam removal to help with fish passage on Umatilla River - The Umatilla Basin Watershed Council is proposing a multi-phase project that would not only take out the troublesome Dillon Dam -- a year-round barrier for native salmon and steelhead -- but reroute water for irrigation from another existing dam about two miles upstream.
Umatilla: Prototype could lead to easier lamprey passage at McNary Dam - The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation began lamprey research and restoration in 1994. The fish were poisoned twice in the Umatilla River in 1967 and 1974 as part of an effort to clear more habitat for salmon and steelhead.
Yakama: Native Americans fight to ban marijuana in a quarter of Washington state - The Yakama Nation tribe of Native Americans is ramping up its efforts to ensure a new law legalizing recreational marijuana in Washington state won’t apply on ancestral land.
Yakama: Native American tribe seeks to ban marijuana from 1.2 million acres of Washington state - The Yakama are seeking to bar pot cultivation and sales from a 10.8 million acre stretch of the state it ceded under an 1855 treaty with the U.S. government, but where the tribe still holds hunting, food-gathering and fishing rights.
Yakama: Lawsuit aims to make state stop elk damage to tribal site - With the first spring grasses starting to green, hundreds of hungry elk are descending on Cindy McMeans’ ranch, nestled between low cliffs in the northeast corner of the Kittitas Valley. They come in the evenings, drinking from her spring, munching on grasses intended for cattle and generally making themselves at home. She expects that pattern will continue before they finally migrate to higher elevations for the summer.
Yakama: Habitat restoration takes wing - Forty or 50 years ago, the long-neck waterfowl were a common sight here, but then their numbers dwindled. Only about a dozen of the majestic tundras would find their way to the Yakima Valley on their spring migration back to the Arctic Ocean. But now, thanks to habitat restoration on Yakama Nation lands, hundreds of these pearly swans swoop down to Lower Valley ponds for a resting place before their journey farther north. They can arrive as early as mid-January and usually leave sometime in March.
Yakama: Bail set for man accused in Wapato drive-by shooting - A Wapato man is being held on $500,000 bail on suspicion of participating in a drive-by shooting March 20 in Wapato that left a girl injured, according to court records. The other three men were tribal members and were booked into the Yakama Nation jail, said John Durand, acting chief criminal deputy.
Yurok: Tribal judge works for Yurok-style justice - Abby Abinanti metes out a more community-based form of justice for tribal members — starting with the question, 'Who's your mom?' Abinanti speaks often of "historical trauma" — wounds passed wordlessly through generations with an accumulating grief and the urge to salve it with alcohol and drugs.
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