Stories tagged: tribes
Sat., Sept. 2, 2017
Outside View: Culvert ruling needs legal clarification
If the ruling is allowed to stand, it would expand tribal authority to an unreasonable extent.
UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 9:14 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene tribe brings dance, culture and cardio to Washington, D.C.
Dressed in a traditional “jingle dress,” a multicolored outfit covered with silver ornaments that clink when she moves, Imani Antone and other members of the tribe’s PowWow Sweat dance group …
UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 9:37 p.m.
Bear-ly recovered? Tribes and conservationists divided on the future of the grizzly
At the end of June, the federal government announced the Yellowstone grizzly bear was no longer threatened with extinction. More than 100 tribal nations question that decision.
UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
More naturally flowing Columbia River would benefit region’s economy, tribes say
Allowing the Columbia to flow more like a natural river would benefit the region financially, bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to local communities, Northwest tribes say.
Sun., June 4, 2017, 1:25 p.m.
Woman seeks release before pipeline protest shooting trial
A woman accused of shooting at law officers during a protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants to get out of jail before her trial next month.
Tue., April 18, 2017, 4:40 p.m.
Attorney general expands program to combat crime on tribal lands
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved Tuesday to expand an Obama administration initiative to allow more tribal authorities access to federal anti-crime databases – an action long sought by tribes …
UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 6:32 p.m.
Native American tribes fear end of federal heating help
Native American tribes fear what will happen if President Donald Trump succeeds in eliminating an energy assistance program that they say is crucial to their members.
Tue., April 11, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Bill seeks to allow tribes to kill salmon-eating sea lions
Some Northwest Indian tribes would be allowed to kill a limited number of sea lions that prey on endangered salmon in the Columbia River under a bill introduced in Congress.
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 12:32 p.m.
Tribes, federal agency claim same land in eastern Idaho
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and U.S. Bureau of Land Management are both claiming ownership of about 100 acres near the eastern Idaho city of Pocatello.
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 2 p.m.
Dakota pipeline protest inspires local Native Americans to make the 16-hour drive to Standing Rock
Protests against the Dakota Access pipeline have inspired dozens of Inland Northwest residents to make the 16-hour drive to North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux’s struggle to protect land and …
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.
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016, 7:04 a.m.
Indian tribes may be sovereign, but their casinos remain subject to federal scrutiny
A California-based tribe’s recent loss at the National Labor Relations Board could reignite interest in controversial legislation affecting Indian casinos and union workers nationwide.
Sat., Sept. 10, 2016, 11:30 p.m.
Federal intervention on oil pipeline project unprecedented
The Standing Rock Sioux’s effort to block a four-state oil pipeline got a lifeline when the federal government temporarily stopped the project, a move some say likely may forever change …
Wed., June 29, 2016, 2:32 p.m.
Jewell says tribes must continue progress after Obama leaves
The Obama administration has made great progress on issues important to Native Americans, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday encouraged tribes to keep the pressure on Washington, D.C., after …
Tue., May 24, 2016, 1:34 p.m.
Lawsuit challenges potential transfer of bison range
An environmental group has sued federal officials over the potential transfer of the National Bison Range to American Indian tribes in Montana.
UPDATED: Tue., May 17, 2016, 2:33 p.m.
More tribes added to land program, but money running out
U.S. officials are adding 63 American Indian reservations across the Midwest and West to an initiative that seeks to return millions of acres of land to tribal ownership.
Wed., April 27, 2016, 5:44 a.m.
Bill introduced in Senate to return Kennewick Man to tribes
A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to require the federal government to give the bones of Kennewick Man back to the Indian tribes from which he descended.
Thu., Jan. 14, 2016, 10:11 a.m.
Tribes say stronger self-governance key to future success
Tribes want the federal government to work with them to strengthen and modernize their ability to self-govern, saying the best solutions for Native American life comes from the tribes themselves, …
Fri., Feb. 20, 2015
Study finds Idaho’s five tribes generate $1 billion in annual sales
Idaho’s five Indian tribes employ nearly 5,000 people and generate annual sales in excess of $1 billion, a new study says. The tribes hired Steven Peterson, a University of Idaho …
Thu., Dec. 11, 2014, 5:36 p.m.
Tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands, Justice Department says
Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. …
Sat., April 19, 2014
Inslee advances fish consumption proposal
How much risk of cancer from eating fish is too much? Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has privately advanced a proposal that would likely pass legal muster but that worries Indian …
Mon., Oct. 7, 2013, 4:18 a.m.
Tribes mishandle funds, go unpunished
American Indian tribes have been caught misappropriating tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, according to internal tribal audits and other documents. But federal authorities do little about it — due …
Thu., Sept. 26, 2013
Treaty renewal chance to reopen salmon passages
Salmon runs to the Upper Columbia River and its tributaries went extinct in the 1930s when Grand Coulee Dam was built without fish ladders. Now it’s time to investigate salmon …
Sun., Nov. 11, 2012
DSHS to investigate complaints about tribe
YAKIMA – Two former Yakama Nation officials say they were fired for questioning how the tribe spends state and federal funds on social programs and whether some of the money …
Thu., April 15, 2010
Tribes promote census count
PLUMMER, Idaho – The crowd chuckled appreciatively when Ernie Stensgar began singing “One little, two little, three little Indians” during a U.S. census rally Wednesday on the Coeur d’Alene Indian …
Thu., Dec. 31, 2009
Idaho tribes seek Cabinet post
BOISE – Idaho Indian leaders want Gov. Butch Otter to create a Cabinet post dedicated to improving tribal relations, including resolving law enforcement disputes that erupt because no agreements exist …
Wed., Dec. 9, 2009
U.S., tribes settle claims for $3 billion
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed spending more than $3 billion to settle claims dating back more than a century that American Indian tribes were swindled out of …
Wed., Feb. 25, 2009
Court rules for state in Indian land trust case
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday limited the federal government’s authority to hold land in trust for Indian tribes, a victory for Rhode Island and other states …
Thu., Feb. 7, 2008
Fuel tax pacts clear panel
BOISE – An Idaho Senate panel has voted unanimously to ratify fuel tax agreements that Gov. Butch Otter negotiated with the Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce, Kootenai and Shoshone-Bannock tribes. “These …