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Stories tagged: Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Federal appeals court upholds judgment against Teck Cominco

A federal appeals court has upheld an $8.25 million judgment against a Canadian company that for decades dumped toxic smelter waste that flowed down the Columbia River into Lake Roosevelt.


Colville Tribe will test hemp production on its reservation

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is testing the potential for industrial hemp production on its lands.


Colville Tribe agrees to pay U.S. back $245,860 in fraudulent claims

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation for it to pay back $245,860 in fraudulent claims that …


Omak plywood plant will close at the end of January, putting 217 out of work

More than 200 people will lose their jobs when a Omak plywood plant closes at the end of January.


Buyback program offers $25 million to private landowners on Colville Reservation

Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have received offers worth $25 million to sell their ownership in private land on the reservation back to the tribe’s government.


Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation send 500 pounds of smoked salmon to protesters of Dakota Access Pipeline

Five hundred pounds of smoked sockeye salmon is on the way to North Dakota – a gift from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington for Standing Rock …


Sawmill is part of the Colville Tribes’ strategy for a warming climate

As the Confederated Colville Tribes prepare for a hotter, drier future, with more wildfires, they’re planning to reopen a sawmill that will process ponderosa pine.


Canadian smelter not responsible for air pollution in U.S., court rules

A Canadian company can’t be held responsible for air pollution that drifted across the border into Washington, members of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a recent ruling.


Paddlers from the Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Colville tribes meet at confluence

The Colville Confederated Tribes’ dugout canoe was getting some adjustments Sunday night on a beach near the confluence of the Spokane and Columbia rivers. The cedar canoe was made in …


Colville Reservation one of two selected for national census test

Two Native American reservations – one in the Dakotas and another in Washington – have been selected as test sites ahead of the 2020 census, as officials mull whether to …


Omak mill closure to leave 175 people without work

Omak Wood Products will close early next year and leave about 175 millworkers without a job


Colville Reservation residents still displaced as wildfires burn

OMAK, Wash. – Their wives and children had evacuated earlier, packing in haste and driving down dirt roads obscured by smoke from the advancing fire. “Don’t worry about the flat-screen …


Reward offered in tribal boat vandalism

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of individuals who vandalized a tribal fishing boat.


Colvilles ask feds to boost forests’ fire safety

The dry forest north of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation used to burn every five to 20 years, resulting in open stands of ponderosa pine. But a century …


Tribes celebrate opening of $50M fish hatchery

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will celebrate the opening of a $50 million salmon hatchery Thursday on the Columbia River.


Tribe will disburse another $58 million

Just three weeks after disbursing more than $4,000 to each of its members, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation announced today that it will disburse another $58 million from …


Teck, Colville Tribe go to trial over slag

In the early 1990s, anglers in the Upper Columbia River reported seeing beads of liquid mercury floating in the water. The sightings were followed by advisories from the Washington Department …


Residents keep track of interaction with river

Huckleberries, venison and salmon. Bitterroot and willowbark.


Sovereignty can leave non-tribal members in legal limbo

Eighty-year-old Dorothy Tollett gambled so often at the Coeur d’Alene Casino that she received a free room in 2007. But on that final visit, before the retired nurse’s aide placed …


Colvilles dicker over settlement

TOPPENISH, Wash. - Plans to disburse only 20 percent of a $193 million federal settlement directly to members of the Colville Tribes isn’t sitting well with some members.


Low standards for water put fish eaters at heightened risk

Washington residents eat more fish than the national average – probably no surprise for a state whose borders include the Pacific Ocean and the lower Columbia River. From salmon and …


Colville Tribes’ land suit settled

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have agreed to accept a $193 million settlement offer from the federal government for decades of mismanagement of tribal trust funds and income-generating …


Colville Tribes call Teck smelter study ‘deficient’

Five years after a Canadian mining smelter agreed in a historic settlement to assess the impact of its pollution on U.S. waters, an American Indian tribe is calling the effort …


Colville Tribes joins Coeur d’Alenes in protesting Fox commentator

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation on Friday issued a letter of protest to Fox News due to statements commentator John Stossel made about Native Americans, following a similar …


Tribal suit aims at state’s hunting rules

The Colville Confederated Tribes has filed a federal suit against Washington state to protect the tribes’ hunting rights on property north of the reservation. According to the suit, the Department …


Colville tribes look forward to opening of Columbia River salmon hatchery

NEAR BRIDGEPORT, Wash. – Fish flew as Shelly Davis and Raynee Innes hustled to get 1,300 salmon packed on ice. The women grabbed silvery sockeye and blue-backed chinook from coolers, …


Court: Forest Service can sell Twisp property

YAKIMA, Wash. — A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service can sell a former ranger station in Twisp, denying a request by the Confederated Tribes of the …


Ranger station sale on hold in Twisp

The U.S. Forest Service has suspended the auction of its former ranger station in Twisp, Wash., after the Colville Confederated Tribes complained that it should have had the right to …