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UPDATED: Thu., July 9, 2020

Inland Northwest tribal leaders, lawyers praise key Supreme Court decision on tribal sovereignty

WASHINGTON – In a decision hailed by Native American leaders in the Inland Northwest as a victory for tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a large part …


South Dakota tribe set to vote on legalizing marijuana

Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will vote this week on whether to legalize medical and recreational marijuana on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

WSU Spokane plans to expand Native American health resources with new center, programs

WSU Health Sciences Spokane plans to expand its resources and support for Native American students, faculty members and prospective students with a grant from the Empire Health Foundation.


Eastern Washington tribes receive $6.5 million in federal housing funds

Three Indian tribes in the Inland Northwest will receive more than $6.5 million in federal funds to build and operate affordable housing projects.


Report: Washington State Patrol singles out Native American drivers

Twelve years ago, academic researchers working with the Washington State Patrol raised a warning flag: Troopers were searching drivers from minority communities, particularly Native Americans, at a much higher rate …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

Area Native Americans navigate past, present as other cultures celebrate their heritage

“I like to think of it as medicine, because you’re bringing back something that your ancestors did,” said Isaac Tonasket, a senior at Wellpinit High School, who is working to …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

Washington tribes awarded more than $4.3 million in federal violence prevention grants

The Yakama Nation was awarded more than $3 million in grants, the Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Reservation was awarded $698,000 and the Colville Tribe was awarded $584,000, according …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019

‘It makes us stronger’: Spokane gathering celebrates efforts to sustain indigenous languages

Hundreds of families, students and community members gathered to celebrate and honor the Salish language at a rally in Riverfront Park Friday.


Tribes, conservation groups cry foul after Trump administration signals rollback of Spokane River quality standards

The request for public comment on a plan to revisit allowable pollution levels in Washington’s waterways did not include notification to the state’s Department of Ecology or native tribes. The …


Shutdown puts strain on hundreds of Native American tribes

Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018

Spokane celebrates Native culture with Gathering at the Falls Powwow

Ringing bells and drum beats filled Riverfront Park Saturday, as hundreds of Native American families gathered on the shores of the Spokane River for a powwow celebrating heritage, culture and …


Tribes join together to make second annual Remember the Water paddle

Last year, for the first time in about a century, tribal members paddled 51 miles from Sandpoint to their home, joined by neighboring tribes along the way. This year, they …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

Tribes: Monument co-management proposal is slap in the face

President Donald Trump’s decision to drastically reduce and break up a national monument in Utah wasn’t the only blow Native American tribes say they were dealt last week.


Lawsuit filed by Dakota Access protesters to proceed

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that a federal judge in North Dakota was correct in not barring police from using harsh methods against Dakota Access pipeline protesters.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Deadline near for tribal members to claim settlement money

American Indian tribal members and their descendants have until Nov. 27 to ask for their share of the remainder of $3.4 billion in settlement money awarded to Native Americans after …


Outside View: Culvert ruling needs legal clarification

If the ruling is allowed to stand, it would expand tribal authority to an unreasonable extent.


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017

Coeur d’Alene tribe brings dance, culture and cardio to Washington, D.C.

Dressed in a traditional “jingle dress,” a multicolored outfit covered with silver ornaments that clink when she moves, Imani Antone and other members of the tribe’s PowWow Sweat dance group …


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017

Bear-ly recovered? Tribes and conservationists divided on the future of the grizzly

At the end of June, the federal government announced the Yellowstone grizzly bear was no longer threatened with extinction. More than 100 tribal nations question that decision.


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017

More naturally flowing Columbia River would benefit region’s economy, tribes say

Allowing the Columbia to flow more like a natural river would benefit the region financially, bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to local communities, Northwest tribes say.


Woman seeks release before pipeline protest shooting trial

A woman accused of shooting at law officers during a protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants to get out of jail before her trial next month.


Attorney general expands program to combat crime on tribal lands

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved Tuesday to expand an Obama administration initiative to allow more tribal authorities access to federal anti-crime databases – an action long sought by tribes …


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017

Native American tribes fear end of federal heating help

Native American tribes fear what will happen if President Donald Trump succeeds in eliminating an energy assistance program that they say is crucial to their members.


Bill seeks to allow tribes to kill salmon-eating sea lions

Some Northwest Indian tribes would be allowed to kill a limited number of sea lions that prey on endangered salmon in the Columbia River under a bill introduced in Congress.


Tribes, federal agency claim same land in eastern Idaho

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and U.S. Bureau of Land Management are both claiming ownership of about 100 acres near the eastern Idaho city of Pocatello.


Dakota pipeline protest inspires local Native Americans to make the 16-hour drive to Standing Rock

Protests against the Dakota Access pipeline have inspired dozens of Inland Northwest residents to make the 16-hour drive to North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux’s struggle to protect land and …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 25, 2016

Spokane Tribe, others call for better federal consultation on oil pipeline

American Indian tribes in Washington state, including the Spokane Tribe, are asking President Barack Obama to overhaul the way the federal government consults with tribes on infrastructure projects.


Indian tribes may be sovereign, but their casinos remain subject to federal scrutiny

A California-based tribe’s recent loss at the National Labor Relations Board could reignite interest in controversial legislation affecting Indian casinos and union workers nationwide.


Federal intervention on oil pipeline project unprecedented

The Standing Rock Sioux’s effort to block a four-state oil pipeline got a lifeline when the federal government temporarily stopped the project, a move some say likely may forever change …


Jewell says tribes must continue progress after Obama leaves

The Obama administration has made great progress on issues important to Native Americans, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday encouraged tribes to keep the pressure on Washington, D.C., after …


Lawsuit challenges potential transfer of bison range

An environmental group has sued federal officials over the potential transfer of the National Bison Range to American Indian tribes in Montana.