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Getting salmon above Grand Coulee Dam could lead to fishable population in the Spokane River, tribes say

Getting salmon and steelhead over Grand Coulee Dam could someday bring back a recreational fishery to the Spokane River, local tribes say.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 9:29 a.m.

Interior Secretary Zinke wants Spokane Tribe compensated for loss of land and lifestyle to Grand Coulee Dam

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pledged to support compensation for Grand Coulee Dam’s impact on the Spokane Tribe during a Thursday visit to Wellpinit.


Spokane Tribe Casino opens to much fanfare on Monday evening

Hundreds of people braved a cold and foggy Monday evening for the public grand opening of the Spokane Tribe Casino in Airway Heights. It was a moment some tribal leaders …


Spokane Tribe Casino timeline

Timeline of Spokane Tribe Casino planning, implementation and now its grand opening.


Spokane Tribe betting on new casino that opens Monday

The Spokane Tribe Casino opens Monday in Airway Heights. Beyond the flash of Vegas-style slot machines and table games lie tribal leaders’ aspirations for a better future for the 2,900-member …


Spokane Tribe Casino honors tribe’s past with historic photos, Salish names

The Spokane Tribe Casino’s decor includes geometric designs, historic photographs and Salish names amid the flashing lights of 450 slot machines. The casino opens Monday evening.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 4:03 p.m.

Spokane Tribe announces opening date for Airway Heights casino

The Spokane Tribe’s new casino in Airway Heights will open at 7 p.m. Jan. 8, the tribe announced Wednesday.


Spokane Tribe among those making bid for Amazon’s second headquarters

Amazon actually received two pitches from the Spokane metro area encouraging the company to locate its second headquarters here. The Spokane Tribe also submitted a proposal.


Saving Salish: Regional tribes aim to increase fluency for future generations

A year ago, the Kalispel Tribe opened a Salish immersion school, Snyoyoʔspuʔúsm or Place of the Good-Hearted. The facility is one tool among widespread revitalization efforts to save an endangered …


Roundabout construction underway on U.S. 2 at Airway Heights

A new multilane roundabout is now under construction on U.S. Highway 2 at Airway Heights


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 7:14 a.m.

Spokane tribal casino to get roundabout on U.S. 2

The new tribal casino under construction on the west side of Airway Heights is going to include a multi-lane roundabout on U.S. Highway 2


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Spokane Indians roll out a new campaign to rally fans around the team – and a cause

The Spokane Indians unveiled a new promotional campaign Wednesday, including a new rally mascot and alternate jerseys, to keep fans cheering into the sixth inning. Branded around the redband rainbow …


Air Force says proposed Spokane Tribe casino poses no insurmountable obstacles

Spokane County is moving forward with


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

County plans lawsuit over Spokane Tribe’s casino in Airway Heights

Spokane County leaders plan to sue the federal government over its role in approving the Spokane Tribe’s long-planned $400 million gaming and retail development on the West Plains.


This time of year, the ‘soul’ of the Spokane river returns – its ‘fast water’ offering a look into the past

When Barry Moses stares at the roiling spring waters of the Spokane River, especially near the dams, he sees what he calls “a shadow of the history of how things …


The Dirt: Land acquired next to Northern Quest Resort allows for future expansion

The Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority has new elbow room in Airway Heights — 22.6 acres of vacant land — purchased late last year and adjacent to the north side of …



UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

Spokane Tribe submits two nominations for renaming Canada Island using native nouns

The Spokane Tribe on Friday asked the city Park Board to decide between two names that evoke the enduring culture of the first people of the region.


100 years ago in Spokane: Curly Jim, prominent member of Spokane Tribe who lived in teepee near Hangman Creek, dies at 75

Curly Jim, a prominent figure of the Spokane Tribe, died at Sacred Heart Hospital, not far from where he was born 75 years earlier.


Spokane Tribe receives HUD grant to rebuild homes damaged in last summer’s fire

The Spokane Tribe has received a $450,000 federal grant to help the tribe rebuild houses destroyed or damaged in last summer’s Cayuse Mountain Fire.


Spokane Tribe breaks ground on West Plains casino, plans for 2017 opening

The Spokane Tribe broke ground Wednesday on a $40 million casino in Airway Heights, with plans of opening for business next September.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 25, 2016, 11:12 a.m.

Spokane Tribe, others call for better federal consultation on oil pipeline

American Indian tribes in Washington state, including the Spokane Tribe, are asking President Barack Obama to overhaul the way the federal government consults with tribes on infrastructure projects.


Spokane Tribe given chance to rename, reimagine Canada Island in Riverfront Park

The government of Canada has signed off on the renaming of the two-acre island that housed the country’s exhibit in the 1974 World’s Fair. The island has been known by …


More states, including Washington, focusing on giving Native American students better chance of success

In Washington and across the U.S., Native American students struggle more than any other student group to attend school consistently and graduate on time. But this year more states are …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 23, 2016, 2 p.m.

Progress made fighting area fires; evacuation orders for Wellpinit reduced to Level 1

Wellpinit is no longer under mandatory evacuation orders. Officials are saying the Hart Road fire has split in three places after jumping across the Spokane River.


City Council OKs deal with GSI to continue business development, federal lobbying

The Spokane City Council signed a short-term deal Monday with Greater Spokane Inc. for business development services, following a monthlong delay on a contract extension. The contract requires GSI to …


Spokane tribal casino construction to start this fall

The chairwoman of the Spokane tribe said Friday that the first phase of a new casino in Airway Heights should open by 2017


100 years ago in Spokane: Older women look younger because they’re wearing shorter skirts, officials say

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s liquor license clerks were confounded by a startling new problem: They could no longer tell a woman’s age by the length of her …


Rich Landers: Tribes, federal government keeping public in dark regarding Lake Roosevelt

A giant pain in the rear for Lake Roosevelt anglers and boaters appears to be festering under the aloof care of the U.S. Department of Interior and its Bureau of …