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UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 7:41 a.m.

Glover Field, which honored Spokane’s third mayor, renamed Redband Park

Since 1917, a patch of grass in Peaceful Valley has carried the name of one of Spokane’s founding fathers. Now, it is being renamed after an even more ancient resident: …


100 years ago in Spokane: Man who traded with Spokane Tribe says tribal language should be saved before its too late

A.E. Lewis of Miles, Wash., wrote an article advocating the preservation of the “Spokane tongue,” meaning the Spokane tribal language. He said that death and assimilation was making the tribe …


Book World: The pain, and weirdness, of Alexie’s mother’s life and death

For an author whose work in fiction and poetry is shot through with barely disguised personal elements, it’s, like, weird to get the story in a form that purports to …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

Spokane Tribe releases name, logo for new casino development in Airway Heights

Two horses representing the past and future of the Spokane Tribe of Indians are featured in the logo representing the $400 million project, which has drawn legal challenges ahead of …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 1:59 p.m.

Kalispel Tribe files federal lawsuit to halt Spokane Tribe’s casino

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians has filed a suit in federal court seeking an immediate halt to the construction of the casino being built in Airway Heights by the Spokane …


Canada Island renamed in Salish for the Spokane Tribe

The name snxw meneɂ (sin-HOO-men-huh) means “salmon people” in the Salish tongue spoken by the tribe. The island had previously been known as Cannon, and Crystal, Island.


Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Spokane Tribe celebrate week of major announcements

A weeklong cultural celebration at Spokane Tribe schools in Wellpinit took special significance Thursday, as U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell joined members in heralding targeted federal investment and a new …


Inslee approves Spokane Tribe’s West Plains casino project

Gov. Jay Inslee gave the final approval on Tuesday for the Spokane Tribe’s casino project, clearing the way to a $400 million gaming and retail development on the West Plains. …


Spokane Tribal lands named ‘Promise Zone’ by Obama administration

The Spokane Tribal Reservation was named one of nine Promise Zones for coordinated federal assistance to boost jobs and economy.


Officials say Stevens County wildfire is arson

A wildfire that has scorched nearly 100 square miles in Stevens County was started intentionally, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said Friday. “This fire has done a tremendous amount of …


Arsonist started Carpenter Road Fire, authorities say

A wildfire that has scorched nearly 64,000 acres of land in Stevens County and on the Spokane Indian reservation was started by an arsonist, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said …


Names for plaza next to City Hall narrowed down to three finalists

The man who brought Expo ’74 to town. A doctor who delivered thousands of babies and helped stop a bridge from being built over the lower Spokane Falls. The region’s …


Heritage Day lets community explore tribe’s history, culture

The Children of the Sun will shed light on their history and culture next week at an event open to everyone. Most attendees at the Spokane Tribe of Indians’ free …


City Council revisiting decision to oppose Spokane Tribe casino

The Spokane City Council is poised to reconsider its opposition to the Spokane Tribe of Indians’ proposed Airway Heights casino. About two years ago, the council voted 4-3 to oppose …


Plans for Glover Field tank on hold

Plans to build a giant tank at Glover Field as part of a required cleanup of the Spokane River are on hold after the Spokane Tribe of Indians objected to …


Spokane Tribe vice chairman resigns

The vice chairman of the Spokane Tribe has resigned under significant pressure from tribal members after being convicted of bison poaching in Montana. Rudy Peone, chairman of the Spokane Tribal …


Vice chairman of Spokane Tribe resigns

The vice chairman of the Spokane Tribe has resigned under significant pressure from tribal members.


Tribal council could oust member

Spokane Tribe leaders are deciding whether to oust their vice chairman for lying to a game officer investigating bison poaching in Montana. Rodney W. Abrahamson was convicted of five misdemeanors …


Spokane Tribe’s casino study rejects Fairchild conflict

A private study commissioned by the Spokane Tribe concludes that a proposed casino and resort in Airway Heights creates no disruptions or threats to training flights at nearby Fairchild Air …


Spokane Tribe posts casino impact statement

The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ environmental statement about a proposed gaming facility in Airway Heights lays out efforts detailed efforts by the Spokane Tribe to reduce possible land-use conflicts, particularly …


Renowned Indian artist George Flett dies at 66

Nationally recognized artist and Spokane Tribe member George Flett died Wednesday afternoon at the age of 66. Flett had diabetes since the early 1980s and was undergoing dialysis three times …


Public notice on casino at issue

The Spokane City Council on Monday will consider rushing its normal voting procedure to oppose the proposed Spokane Tribe of Indians casino on the West Plains. Councilman Mike Fagan is …


Survey finds more residents support tribe’s casino plan

About 40 percent of Spokane County residents surveyed last fall said they favor plans by the Spokane Tribe to build a casino near Airway Heights. Another 34 percent of the …


Spokanes seek new Grand Coulee deal

WASHINGTON – Nearly 70 years after completion of the Grand Coulee Dam, members of the Spokane Tribe argued before a Senate committee last week that they have a moral right …


Foes stand up to new casino

Eighteen government and business leaders have taken a stand against the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino in Airway Heights, according to letters sent to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The …


Spokane Tribe awarded federal grant

The Spokane Tribe of Indians is one of two Native American governmental organizations to receive a federal Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced …


Officials reviewing tribal casino rules

Plans by the Spokane Tribe of Indians to build a casino in Airway Heights ignited criticism from another area tribe during a closed-door Thursday meeting held by a federal agency …


Tribes gather at Riverfront Park for powwow

The feet of the competitive dancers jigged right, then left, in sync with a drumbeat, giving rise to the swing of fringe and jingling of bells on traditional outfits. Pauline …


Tribal artifacts returned

More than 1,400 artifacts stolen from ancient Native American graves and sacred sites in five Western states were returned Thursday to several local tribes. Members of tribes in Idaho and …


Tribal cultural center bid likely for falls site

Inland Northwest Indian tribes may regain a strong presence along Spokane Falls. The Spokane Park Board last week voted to solicit proposals for a long-term lease of a 1.1-acre parking …