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Spokane Tribe casino opponents take case to state

Opponents of a proposed Spokane Tribe project that includes a new casino on the West Plains started new attacks Tuesday to persuade Gov. Jay Inslee to block the plan, claiming …


Spokane Tribe’s casino proposal gets key federal approval

The Spokane Tribe has won approval from a key government agency in its drive to build a casino, hotel and stores near Airway Heights. The U.S. Department of the Interior …


Spokane Tribe casino decision expected shortly

After more than two years of waiting, the Spokane Tribe – and the city and county that share its name – may know soon whether it will get the federal …


Study tries to boost young sturgeon in upper Columbia

Tribal and state fisheries researchers landed a big incentive this fall to continue their work on reviving white sturgeon numbers in the Columbia River upstream from Kettle Falls. A sturgeon, …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Wilson Sullivan, an Indian “of advanced age,” walked to Spokane from Walker Prairie, near Springdale, in order to buy some Thanksgiving dinner provisions.


B.C. official calls for Columbia River Treaty accounting

In the 1960s and 1970s, three huge dams were built in British Columbia to hold back the flow of the Columbia River. The entire Northwest still benefits from their construction. …


Spokane Tribe of Indians holds 100th Labor Day powwow

The 100th Spokane Tribe of Indians Labor Day Celebration and Powwow blended tradition and modernity. “There’s a melding of the old and the new, which is good,” said Dave Brown …


Healthy help

WELLPINIT, Wash. – Chico Corral’s work history is scoured into his lungs. Chest X-rays for the 84-year-old show scarring from the dust he inhaled during two decades as a uranium …


Airway Heights mayor, others protest county’s fight against casino

A group supporting a proposed Spokane tribal casino and resort rallied in front of the Spokane County Courthouse on Tuesday decrying the spending by county commissioners to fight the project. …


New plaza, park along Spokane Falls dedicated

A new plaza overlooking the lower Spokane Falls opened Friday in a dedication ceremony attended by several hundred people. City Hall plaza provides a gathering spot and a people-friendly link …


Spokane Tribe members want more time to review Midnite Mine cleanup plan

WELLPINIT, Wash. – Members of the Spokane Tribe gathered near the Midnite Mine on Sunday to offer prayers and songs for the healing of the defunct uranium mine. As the …


Guest opinion: Preventing casino development crucial to Fairchild’s future

Recently, the Spokane County commissioners again urged the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to reject the Spokane Tribe’s proposal to build a casino resort complex on off-reservation land near Fairchild …


Spokane County has paid law firm $300,000 in casino fight

Spokane County commissioners have paid a law firm $300,000 during the past 17 months in their fight against a Spokane tribal casino near Fairchild Air Force Base. The money was …


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 …