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In a ceremony mixed with joy and sadness, the Spokane Tribe of Indians on Thursday marked the adoption of federal legislation that will compensate the tribe for 2,500 acres of land lost to the dam’s floodwaters.
State-sponsored health insurance for all school district employees means different plans available to each employee, based on where they live, not where they teach.
Odessa has piqued some interest in the Northeast 1B South league with a few position moves this year that will help fill some spots left vacant by eight starters who graduated last year.
A federal judge sentenced a 41-year-old Wellpinit man to 22 1/2 years in prison for molesting a child under the age of 12. U.S. District Court Judge Fremming Nielsen sentenced David Afterbuffalo, 41, to 270 months in prison. Afterbuffalo pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact with a child.
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 trying to help by training teachers, working with tribes to create policies and programs, embedding culture in lessons, and giving more money to schools with many Native American students.
Evacuation levels were lowered Sunday morning for the Cayuse Mountain wildfire 8 miles south of Wellpinit on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
The community response brought to mind last year’s windstorms. It’s comforting to know we live in a place where people are eager to pitch in at a moment’s notice.
Spokane answered a call to help the wildfire-stricken community of Wellpinit, donating piles of clothes, and stacks of bottled water and food. People also gave thousands of dollars during a one-day drive Thursday.
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.
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 proposed casino development.
The Spokane Tribal Reservation was named one of nine Promise Zones for coordinated federal assistance to boost jobs and economy.
A Wellpinit man was arrested Thursday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend so severely that she suffered a punctured lung.
Taylor Campbell made three free throws with 0.8 seconds left to send Republic past Wellpinit 65-62 in a Northeast 1B League game Friday night in Republic. After sinking the first free throw, a technical foul was called on the Redskins’ coach, giving Campbell two additional free throws.
Requiring Wellpinit High School to change its team name is among the early bills filed for next session.
The Wellpinit School District will delay the start of the school year again, based on the recommendation of officials who are overseeing firefighting efforts in the area.
Fire crews Monday night reported a frustrating yet productive day battling the blazes in Washington that now consume an area about the size of Rhode Island. Heavy smoke covered much of north-central and northeastern Washington, preventing the use of airplanes and helicopters in the fight.
Washington 2B and 1B boys and girls basketball teams take all sorts of different routes to state. None was probably quite as tedious as the pothole-filled path by the Wellpinit boys.
Wellpinit’s drive to the state basketball tournament has been powered largely by center Brodie Ford, but the Redskins found a few more horses under the engine Friday night. Facing a pesky Entiat team in a 1B Regional game at Mt. Spokane High School, Wellpinit finally sealed the deal with defense in the fourth quarter of a 64-48 win that sends the Redskins to next week’s state tournament at the Spokane Arena.
A year ago the Wellpinit Redskins plowed new football turf by making their first State 1B tournament appearance. The hope this year is a run deeper than last year’s top-eight finish and 9-3 season record.