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UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal agrees to pay back $8,847, complete community service to avoid trial on welfare fraud charges

Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, entered the diversion agreement March 25 in Spokane County Superior Court. She could still face a trial on the original …


Doug Clark’s back with a song in his heart about Rachel Dolezal

The longtime Spokesman-Review columnist, who retired in 2017, will debut “The Ballad of Rachel Dolezal” at Pig Out in the Park on Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal makes first public court appearance on charges of felony welfare fraud

Rachel Dolezal made her first public appearance in court Wednesday morning on accusations of stealing from the Washington welfare system.


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 10:40 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal pleads not guilty to welfare fraud

Rachel Dolezal pleaded not guilty last week to charges of welfare fraud.


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal charged with welfare fraud

Rachel Dolezal – now Nkechi Diallo after legally changing her name in 2016 – is accused of illegally receiving $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance in …


Shawn Vestal: Rachel Dolezal, back in the eye of the camera

DaShawn Bedford grew up in Spokane, graduated from Rogers High, and taught himself video production. He’s 37, African-American, raising three kids – and his take on Rachel Dolezal is complicated.


UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal documentary ‘The Rachel Divide’ receives mixed reviews; premieres on Netflix Friday

“The Rachel Divide” features interviews with Dolezal, her sons and critics.


Rachel Dolezal paintings prompt flap between downtown Spokane library, artist

Anthony Stevenson said he should have been able to display artwork from former Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal during a Black History Month exhibition at the downtown library. Library officials …


Shawn Vestal: Rachel Dolezal remains unabashedly Rachel Dolezal

Spokane’s undisputed heavyweight champion of racial appropriation is surfacing with new commercial projects, including a 2018 wall calendar, “Rachel Dolezal – Pictures and Quotes.”


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

Baltimore Book Festival disinvites Rachel Dolezal after backlash

Organizers of the Baltimore Book Festival say they have decided to disinvite Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who led others to believe she was black.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 7:03 a.m.

Rachel Dolezal makes her pitch on Dr. Phil

Rachel Dolezal told popular television talk show host Dr. Phil that she continues identify as an African American.


Book review: Dolezal’s motives for posing as black

Now Dolezal has published a memoir, “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.” I hesitated to review it. Expending intellectual energy on one woman’s racial …


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal struggles after racial identity scandal

A white civil rights leader, fired because she led others to believe she was black, said she struggles to make a living these days because she was portrayed as a …


Huckleberries: Much-maligned Rachel Dolezal once faced down racists

Before Rachel Dolezal became a punch line for late-night talk shows, she faced down six white supremacists near the western entrance to downtown Coeur d’Alene. The neo-Nazis were demonstrating against …


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal legally changes name

Rachel Dolezal did in fact change her name.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Investigator who learned Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal was white says police Chief Frank Straub didn’t hire him

The investigator hired to look into Rachel Dolezal’s past said Saturday he wasn’t hired by then-police Chief Frank Straub, pushing back on a report published by the British newspaper the …


Shawn Vestal: As hate crimes are dismissed as hoaxes, ‘everybody knows’ is a potent new threat

Some people are claiming a rash of graffiti and possible hate crimes are hoaxes. As these incidents mount, so do denials. If you’ve let the Klan into your tent, after …


Rachel Dolezal reveals new memoir that ‘forces us to consider race in an entirely new light’

The civil rights activist who resigned as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP after it was revealed she was a white woman pretending to be black is writing …


Former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal to speak at MLK day event in North Carolina

CARY, N.C. – Former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who was criticized last year for passing herself off as black, has been tapped to speak at a North Carolina Martin …


Shawn Vestal: New Spokane NAACP president Phillip Tyler proving to be a leader who listens

New leader of Spokane NAACP is bringing a fresh and effective style during tumultuous times.


J. Peder Zane: If gender is fluid, what about race, age?

As a sign of its politically correct confusion – and its legal gymnastics – the administration’s letter describes the biological fact of sex as a societal choice.


Shawn Vestal: Rachel Dolezal doing plenty of talking, but not in Spokane

Rachel Dolezal, former head of the NAACP in Spokane, has recently given lengthy interviews to The Guardian newspaper and Vice news, describing how she came to identify as black.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2015, 8:33 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal talks racial identity as guest on ‘The Real’

Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president who made headlines in June when her race came into question, faces that question Monday when she guests on the talk show “The …


Huckleberries: CdA council race eerily familiar for English

Dan English is experiencing the ultimate “what goes around comes around” moment. Six years ago at this time, as Kootenai County clerk, Dan was about to circulate instructions to local …


Petition for sheriff’s office independent review is a political move, Knezovich says

Calling the process of selecting an ombudsman for the Spokane Police Department “a political nightmare,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Tuesday dismissed a petition requesting independent civilian oversight for his department …


Huckleberries: Unexpected budget request reminder of heartbreak

Many of you have heard of the silly mountain biker who started a Boise Foothills fire by lighting soiled toilet paper to dispose of it. Well, that started a discussion …


Shawn Vestal: Newsmakers self-identify however they please

So: Patrick Rushing isn’t a racist. And Rachel Dolezal is black. That’s how they identify, at least.


Sex abuse charges against Joshua Dolezal dropped

Colorado prosecutors have dropped four counts of sexual abuse against Joshua Dolezal, the white biological brother of Rachel Dolezal, who last month left her post as president of the Spokane …


Prosecutors drop sexual abuse charges against Joshua Dolezal

Colorado prosecutors have dropped four counts of sexual abuse against Joshua Dolezal, the white biological brother of Rachel Dolezal, who last month left her post as president of the Spokane …


New Spokane NAACP president wants group to move forward

When Spokane’s NAACP President Naima Quarles-Burnley talks about Rachel Dolezal, she cries. It’s not dramatic. Her soft voice doesn’t break. And the tears are barely visible. But she does cry. …