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UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 23, 2020

Inland Northwest tribes race to avoid undercount after Census Bureau cuts door-to-door outreach by a month

Tribal communities in the Inland Northwest face the prospect of a severe undercount in the 2020 census after the Census Bureau announced Aug. 3 that it would cut door-to-door counting …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 24, 2020

‘No honor in genocide’: Native Americans rally to change name of Fort George Wright Drive

In huge letters, the words “No Honor in Genocide” hung on a banner over a teal bus Saturday, where more than 200 people gathered on Fort George Wright Drive, rallying …


UPDATED: Fri., July 24, 2020

Spokane Tribe receives $1.8 million federal grant for roadway improvements

The Spokane Tribe of Indians will receive $1.8 million through a grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration for road infrastructure improvements, the department announced Friday.


UPDATED: Tue., April 21, 2020

Census in rural, Native American communities delayed until June

Native Americans living on some reservations and other remote areas must wait until June to participate in the U.S. Census due to COVID-19 restrictions, a delay that some fear could …


Pauline Flett, who revived Spokane Tribe’s Native language, dies at 93

“Virtually everything that exists in the Spokane language today, that’s ever been documented, has been a result of her work,” one member of the Spokane Tribe said. “If the Spokane …


FCC action could improve broadband access across area tribal lands

Better educational access for tribal children would be among the benefits under a federal decision to give federally recognized tribes priority access to broadband licenses, area tribal spokesmen say.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

Spokane Shock announce Spokane Tribe Casino as title sponsor, plans for ‘different’ field color

Spokane Tribe Casino and the Shock announced their partnership on Thursday, which will include several ventures, including the new Spokane Tribe Casino Field.


Developer plans four new Browne’s Addition homes on slope above Peaceful Valley

Steep slopes, views and a “high potential” for disturbing Spokane Tribe burial remains tend to attract attention when a developer proposes building four new homes in a forested area just …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Congress votes to compensate Spokane Tribe millions for flooded Grand Coulee lands

Some 70 years after their traditional homelands were flooded as part of the reservoir for the Grand Coulee Dam, Congress approved a new system of paying the Spokane Tribe for …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

‘A Place of Truths’: New downtown plaza teaches Spokane tribal history, river preservation

The city of Spokane debuted A Place of Truths Plaza downtown Friday afternoon. The $25 million project features public art from indigenous artists and a wastewater tank that will keep …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

Gathering at the Falls Powwow opens Friday with grand entry, runs through Saturday evening

The 2019 powwow runs through Saturday in Riverfront park and continues with a Native American art show on Sunday.


Friends, relatives remember Bob Wynecoop, author of tales about growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation

Bob “Chick” Wynecoop, who chronicled his childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation in the book “The Way It Was According To Chick,” died on Nov. 24 at the age of …


After 42 years in Riverfront Park, totem pole removed and given to developer

For decades, a colorful totem pole topped with an eagle’s outstretched wings stood 40 feet tall on an island in the center of Riverfront Park.


Editorial: Special representation for tribes on transit commission isn’t warranted

Democrats’ push to give the Spokane Tribe a seat on the Spokane Regional Transportation Council goes too far, for now.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

Spokane Tribe will get a voice in transportation planning, a move that sparked controversy among Spokane officials

A new law tying state transportation funds to the inclusion of tribes on local transportation planning boards has its origins with the Spokane Tribe of Indians, but the effort to …


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019

Newmont Mining asks to relax radiation cleanup standards at Midnite Mine on Spokane Indian Reservation

The company responsible for cleaning up the Midnite Mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation has asked the federal government to relax cleanup standards for radiation at the defunct uranium mine.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

Spokane’s first Indigenous Peoples March winds through downtown

Spokane’s first Indigenous Peoples March, held Friday in coordination with


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019

Already affected by shutdown, tribes fear it will get worse

The Colville Confederated Tribes face significant losses in their timber programs from a continued federal government shutdown, along with losses in social and health services, the tribal chairman said this …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018

Spokane Tribe gets language about tribal Promise Zones into the farm bill

The Spokane Tribe worked with the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma to get language into the farm bill strengthening Promise Zones on tribal lands.


U.S. Senate passes legislation to compensate Spokane Tribe for losses from Grand Coulee Dam

Legislation to compensate the Spokane Tribe for lands lost as a result of Grand Coulee Dam’s construction passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018

Spokane Tribe recruiting developer for a hotel in Chewelah near its casino

The Spokane Tribe is recruiting a developer to build a hotel near the Chewelah Casino. Market studies indicate the area could sustain a 70- to 100-room project, tribal officials said.


Spokane Tribe launches ‘Children of the Sun’ solar initiative, with long-range plans for energy independence

Starting in mid-September, work will begin on the $2 million “Children of the Sun Solar Initiative” on the Spokane Reservation. Solar panels will generate energy for 14 tribal buildings, including …


Getting salmon above Grand Coulee Dam could lead to fishable population in the Spokane River, tribes say

Getting salmon and steelhead over Grand Coulee Dam could someday bring back a recreational fishery to the Spokane River, local tribes say.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Interior Secretary Zinke wants Spokane Tribe compensated for loss of land and lifestyle to Grand Coulee Dam

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pledged to support compensation for Grand Coulee Dam’s impact on the Spokane Tribe during a Thursday visit to Wellpinit.


Spokane Tribe Casino opens to much fanfare on Monday evening

Hundreds of people braved a cold and foggy Monday evening for the public grand opening of the Spokane Tribe Casino in Airway Heights. It was a moment some tribal leaders …


Spokane Tribe Casino honors tribe’s past with historic photos, Salish names

The Spokane Tribe Casino’s decor includes geometric designs, historic photographs and Salish names amid the flashing lights of 450 slot machines. The casino opens Monday evening.


Spokane Tribe Casino timeline

Timeline of Spokane Tribe Casino planning, implementation and now its grand opening.


Spokane Tribe betting on new casino that opens Monday

The Spokane Tribe Casino opens Monday in Airway Heights. Beyond the flash of Vegas-style slot machines and table games lie tribal leaders’ aspirations for a better future for the 2,900-member …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

Spokane Tribe announces opening date for Airway Heights casino

The Spokane Tribe’s new casino in Airway Heights will open at 7 p.m. Jan. 8, the tribe announced Wednesday.


Spokane Tribe among those making bid for Amazon’s second headquarters

Amazon actually received two pitches from the Spokane metro area encouraging the company to locate its second headquarters here. The Spokane Tribe also submitted a proposal.