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Levels of toxin focus of fight on wastewater

OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s new wastewater treatment plant may be cleaning sewage so well that a key pollutant can’t be detected. But that doesn’t allay concerns the Sierra Club and …


Requests granted; casino decision pushed back to May

A federal decision on the proposed tribal casino on the West Plains will be delayed until at least May 1. The U.S. Department of Interior has granted several requests for …


Spokane Tribe won’t oppose requested delay on casino

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers seems “misinformed” in her recent request to delay a government recommendation on the proposed Spokane tribal casino on the West Plains, the tribal chairman told …


McMorris Rodgers seeks delay on proposed casino

The federal government should delay its decision on a proposed tribal casino on the West Plains an extra 45 days to allow Spokane County to voice its objections, U.S. Rep. …


Inslee guarded on tribe casino

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee wouldn’t say Wednesday which way he’s leaning on the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino on the West Plains. Inslee has the final ability to block the …


Acclaimed ‘ledger’ artist George Flett dies at 66

Nationally known artist and Spokane tribal member George Flett died Wednesday afternoon, his daughter Regina Flett said today. He was 66. Flett had had diabetes since the early 1980s and …


County files casino plan objection

Spokane County Commissioners registered their formal objection Tuesday to a plan by the Spokane Tribe to build a casino on land in Airway Heights. The action comes after the commissioners …


County commissioners preparing casino comments

Spokane County Commissioners today voted to terminate a 2010 agreement with Airway Heights that prevented commissioners from commenting about a proposed casino by the Spokane Tribe on U.S. Highway 2.


Commissioners ready to drop pact with Spokane Tribe over proposed casino

Spokane County commissioners today are likely to terminate a 2010 agreement that prevented them from taking a stance on a proposed second tribal casino in Airway Heights. The action follows …


French, Mielke ask to reverse casino deal

Two Spokane County commissioners are asking the Bureau of Indian Affairs to overturn a 2010 contract that prevents the county from taking sides on the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino in …


Guest opinion: Allow tribe’s STEP project a fair chance

It is sad that arguably the largest privately funded economic development project to come to Spokane in decades has been turned into a political football by those who appear to …


County denied voice on casino

Airway Heights city officials have refused a request by Spokane County to unwind a 2010 agreement that prohibits county officials from taking sides on the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino. The …


Native Americans from across country gather at Julyamsh

Two familiar faces from the small screen made an appearance this weekend alongside members of the Flathead, Nez Perce, Spokane, Navajo and other tribes at the 15th annual Julyamsh Powwow …


Tribes expand casino reach

WASHINGTON – After buying a new chunk of land 50 miles north of San Francisco, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria just broke ground on a new, Las Vegas-style casino. …


Cheap trips promote knowledge of river

Spokane’s Meet Me at the River summer trip program is gearing up for the fifth year, offering the public a convenient opportunity to connect with the entire length of the …


Regional tribes included in federal settlement

The federal government will pay more than $1 billion to settle a series of lawsuits brought by American Indian tribes over mismanagement of tribal money and trust lands, under a …


Tribe puts Lake Roosevelt walleye on table - for dinner, debate

“What’s the deal with the bounty the tribe is offering on walleye at Lake Roosevelt?” asked someone in the gathering of area schools at Davenport. The Spokane Tribe’s fish program …


Landers: TV hunting host fined; Walleye bounty proposed - Oh my!

Steelheading streams are off color and the wild turkey hunting season is still more than three weeks off. With a little breather in the action, let’s play the field today, …


Protect air base, leaders plead

Spokane business leaders on Thursday asked for help in stopping a proposed Spokane Tribe casino and hotel resort near Fairchild Air Force Base. They said the site on the north …


Panel will review police policies, procedures

To understand why the Spokane Police Department’s use-of-force training is under a microscope, consider this disconnect: Although the state’s top police trainer concluded that the fatal 2006 confrontation with unarmed …


Spokane Tribe lambastes critics of proposed casino

The Spokane Tribe shot back Wednesday at critics of the casino it wants to build at Airway Heights. Mike Spencer, vice chairman of the tribal council, said he thinks most …


Contract requires county silence on proposed Spokane Tribe casino

County commissioners couldn’t say a word this week when business leaders appealed for help in defending Fairchild Air Force Base. They were gagged by an agreement to remain silent in …


Spokanes seek new Grand Coulee deal

WASHINGTON – Nearly 70 years after completion of the Grand Coulee Dam, members of the Spokane Tribe argued before a Senate committee last week that they have a moral right …


Opposition growing to Spokane Tribe casino plan

Eighteen government and business leaders have taken a stand against the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino in Airway Heights, according to letters sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Feds, Midnite Mine operators reach deal on cleanup

The federal government has reached an agreement with one of the world’s largest mining companies on a $193 million cleanup of a defunct uranium mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation. …


Mayor, community dedicate new Garry park monument

About 200 people showed up at Chief Garry Park on Wednesday for the dedication of a memorial inspired by the park’s namesake, revered Spokane tribal leader Spokane Garry, who died …


Julyamsh rituals make for spectacle of color, dance

For centuries, the native peoples of the Inland Northwest - the Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, Pend Oreille, Palouse and Flathead tribes - gathered to share food, build friendships, trade goods, dance, …


Tribal casino promises payout

If the Spokane Tribe’s proposed West Plains casino opens and turns a profit, the first big payouts will go to Spokane County and the city of Airway Heights. Both governments …


Former deputy accused of raping inmate at Spokane Indian Reservation jail

A former jail deputy on the Spokane Indian Reservation is accused of raping an inmate. Clifford Arlen Matherly, 35, was arrested at a gas station in Chewelah, Wash., on Monday, …


Tribe’s river PCB complaint jeopardizes treatment plant

A permit that was to have been issued last week for Spokane County’s new $173 million sewage treatment plant is on hold. State and federal environmental regulators are to meet …