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  • Spokane County seeks second federal study of Airway Heights casino

    Spokane County commissioners are asking the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to take a new look at possible negative impacts of a proposed Spokane tribal casino on Fairchild Air Force …


  • Shawn Vestal: Cracks showing in anti-casino arguments

    The Air Force said what? We have been assured – over and over again – by the institutional voices of reason that we cannot tolerate a new casino from the …


  • U.S. Senate committee approves compensation for Spokane Tribe

    The Spokane Tribe is one step closer to receiving long-sought compensation for land lost to the Grand Coulee Dam over 60 years ago. A Senate committee approved legislation Wednesday establishing …


  • Spokane Tribe adopts strict water quality standards

    The Spokane Tribe of Indians has adopted new water quality standards aimed at protecting the health of members who eat a subsistence diet of nearly two pounds of fish daily. …


  • Tribe sets new Spokane River pollution standards

    The Spokane Tribe of Indians has adopted new water quality standards aimed at protecting the health of members who eat a subsistence diet of nearly two pounds of fish daily.


  • Getting There: $2.5 million Market Street upgrade in works

    Market Street in the Mead area is slated for major improvements starting next year. The Spokane County commissioners last week accepted a $1.5 million grant from the state to rebuild …


  • Cleanup of Midnite Mine on reservation to begin by 2015

    Newmont Mining Co. expects to begin cleanup of a defunct uranium mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation by 2015. The company is working on design proposals for the remediation of …


  • Todd Mielke asks Congress for tighter casino rules

    Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke testified this week before a congressional subcommittee in favor of tightening regulations around the siting of off-reservation casinos such as the one sought by the …


  • Columbia River canoe trips unite students, heritage

    Students from the Wellpinit School District paddled a canoe they carved themselves up the Spokane River last week to the foot of Little Falls Dam, reflecting on changes to the …


  • Julyamsh Powwow honors pair of departed legends

    Beneath orange strands of fabric representing the Hopi tribe wafting in the breeze Saturday morning, Billy McDermitt sat among Native American friends and gestured to the pine branches supporting his …


  • City: Casino not a tax drain

    A Spokane County study claiming significant negative tax impacts from a proposed Spokane Tribe casino on the West Plains is drawing criticism from the city in which the casino would …


  • Casino opponents criticize tribe-funded study

    Critics of the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino and resort at Airway Heights took issue Wednesday with the findings of a consultant’s study that claimed the project poses no threat to …


  • UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2013, 6 p.m.

    Casino opponents blast Spokane Tribe-funded study released last week

    Critics of the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino and resort at Airway Heights took issue Wednesday with the findings of a consultant’s study that claimed the project poses no threat to …


  • McMorris Rodgers opposes casino

    A request to build a casino, resort and retail development on the West Plains should be denied as “clear encroachment” on the nearby Air Force base, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris …


  • Spokane Tribe leader fined for poaching bison in Montana

    The vice chairman of the Spokane Tribe of Indians poached two bison north of Yellowstone National Park in February and lied about his identity to officers investigating the hunt, court …


  • Fairchild’s casino silence baffling and frustrating

    Why all the whispering, Fairchild? If the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino is a threat to the base – which is, in turn, a threat to the local economy – why …


  • Fairchild said to have concerns about proposed casino

    Officially, Fairchild Air Force Base is neutral on the casino and resort the Spokane Tribe wants to build on the West Plains. Unofficially, it’s putting up red flags about the …


  • Levels of toxin focus of fight on wastewater

    OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s new wastewater treatment plant may be cleaning sewage so well that a key pollutant can’t be detected. But that doesn’t allay concerns the Sierra Club and …


  • Requests granted; casino decision pushed back to May

    A federal decision on the proposed tribal casino on the West Plains will be delayed until at least May 1. The U.S. Department of Interior has granted several requests for …


  • Spokane Tribe won’t oppose requested delay on casino

    U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers seems “misinformed” in her recent request to delay a government recommendation on the proposed Spokane tribal casino on the West Plains, the tribal chairman told …


  • McMorris Rodgers seeks delay on proposed casino

    The federal government should delay its decision on a proposed tribal casino on the West Plains an extra 45 days to allow Spokane County to voice its objections, U.S. Rep. …


  • Inslee guarded on tribe casino

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee wouldn’t say Wednesday which way he’s leaning on the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino on the West Plains. Inslee has the final ability to block the …


  • Acclaimed ‘ledger’ artist George Flett dies at 66

    Nationally known artist and Spokane tribal member George Flett died Wednesday afternoon, his daughter Regina Flett said today. He was 66. Flett had had diabetes since the early 1980s and …


  • County files casino plan objection

    Spokane County Commissioners registered their formal objection Tuesday to a plan by the Spokane Tribe to build a casino on land in Airway Heights. The action comes after the commissioners …


  • County commissioners preparing casino comments

    Spokane County Commissioners today voted to terminate a 2010 agreement with Airway Heights that prevented commissioners from commenting about a proposed casino by the Spokane Tribe on U.S. Highway 2.


  • Commissioners ready to drop pact with Spokane Tribe over proposed casino

    Spokane County commissioners today are likely to terminate a 2010 agreement that prevented them from taking a stance on a proposed second tribal casino in Airway Heights. The action follows …


  • French, Mielke ask to reverse casino deal

    Two Spokane County commissioners are asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to overturn a 2010 contract that prevents the county from taking sides on the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino in …


  • Guest opinion: Allow tribe’s STEP project a fair chance

    It is sad that arguably the largest privately funded economic development project to come to Spokane in decades has been turned into a political football by those who appear to …


  • County denied voice on casino

    Airway Heights city officials have refused a request by Spokane County to unwind a 2010 agreement that prohibits county officials from taking sides on the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino. The …


  • Native Americans from across country gather at Julyamsh

    Two familiar faces from the small screen made an appearance this weekend alongside members of the Flathead, Nez Perce, Spokane, Navajo and other tribes at the 15th annual Julyamsh Powwow …