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Swinomish Tribe

article Young man killed in shooting at Burlington mini mart; gunman at large
(12/7/2019)
(Washington) -- A young man is dead after he was shot multiple times outside of a convenience store gas station in Burlington Friday. The gunman fled and remains at...
article Swinomish Tribe in legal battle with Taylor Shellfish
(11/18/2019)
(Washington) -- The Swinomish tribe is in a legal battle with Taylor Shellfish. The argument is over a national permit’s use for shellfish farming operations in...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Supreme Court

article First Native American judge appointed to Washington Supreme Court
(12/6/2019)
(Washington) -- On Thursday, the first Native American judge was appointed to serve on the Washington Supreme Court. This makes her the second Native American judge to...
1 Article on this Issue

Suquamish Tribe

article Suquamish Tribe celebrates 150th Anniversary of the founding of Seattle
(12/6/2019)
(Washington) -- The Suquamish Tribal Council adopted a proclamation recognizing the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Seattle on Dec. 2, 1869. The...
1 Article on this Issue

MMIW

article Eastern Washington federal court will hire help for cases involving missing, murdered indigenous people
(12/5/2019)
(Washington) -- Long before government reports were released earlier this year, leaders of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement knew that Native American...
article Toppenish vigil urges public to remember missing and murdered Native people
(12/2/2019)
(Washington) -- They just don’t want their loved ones forgotten. There were plenty of reasons family and friends of missing and murdered indigenous people...
article "We just want her to be alive": Family desperate for answers after Yakama woman disappears
(11/28/2019)
(Washington) -- Rachel Norris is many things: a mother, a friend, a niece, a coworker, a Yakama woman. Her loved ones describe her as outspoken, bold and independent,...
article Brutal murder of Seattle woman on Thanksgiving Day remains unsolved
(11/28/2019)
(Washington) -- It’s a situation no one wants to be in: homeless and alone, sleeping on the cold streets. That’s the place Davina Garrison was in when she...
article Family, friends of Yakama woman missing from Wapato plead for information
(11/28/2019)
(Washington) -- Family and friends of Rachel Norris agree she is an independent woman. They say she doesn't appreciate drama. She speaks her mind. She can handle...
article Native American tribes seeing many cases of murdered, missing indigenous women
(11/17/2019)
(Washington) -- They are mothers, sisters and daughters who go missing or are murdered, and for years, families and tribe members don't get answers on what happened...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Colville Tribe

article Tribal education leader dies in crash
(12/4/2019)
(Washington) -- A woman who helped generations of members of the Colville Tribes pursue their educations died in a crash Friday night just north of Coulee Dam. The...
article Pasco, Colville Tribes on path to future development
(11/24/2019)
(Washington) -- Two signatures this week started a new chapter in Pasco history. Colville Confederated Tribes Chairman Rodney Cawston and Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins signed...
article Grand jury indicts man of kidnapping, assault on Colville Indian Reservation
(11/21/2019)
(Washington) -- A man who lives on the Colville Indian Reservation appeared Thursday after he was indicted this week on six counts, including kidnapping and attacking a...
article Washington tribe contemplating future uses for recently-purchased land
(11/20/2019)
(Washington) -- In the western American state of Washington and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is reportedly cooperating with local officials in an...
article Tribes consider a Pasco casino, maybe a water park, after signing agreement with city
(11/17/2019)
(Washington) -- The city of Pasco and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are cooperating as tribal work advances toward creating a casino or other...
article Tribes consider a Pasco casino, maybe a water park, after signing agreement with city
(11/15/2019)
(Washington) -- The city of Pasco and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are cooperating as tribal work advances toward creating a casino or other...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Social Gaming

article Gaming industry launches lobbying effort to shield smartphone games from Washington gambling laws
(12/4/2019)
(Washington) -- Gaming industry and civic leaders in Washington state are launching a new lobbying organization today, part of a broader effort to exempt smartphone...
1 Article on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Chinook Indian Nation preserves food, tradition
(12/3/2019)
(Washington) -- Rachel Lynne Cushman, treasurer for the Chinook Indian Nation, was surprised and excited when $1,000 was raised in 29 hours for the tribes’...
1 Article on this Issue

Ilani Casino

article Kicking off the giving season with ilani
(12/2/2019)
(Washington) -- Hundreds of community members from around the county gathered together at ilani Casino on Wednesday for its annual tree lighting celebration. Starting at...
1 Article on this Issue

Nisqually Tribe

article Pursuit suspect changed vehicles at Red Wind Casino after carjacking, deputies say
(12/2/2019)
(Washington) -- A 36-year-old Centralia man was booked on multiple offenses Sunday after he led law enforcement on a long pursuit that included a carjacking at Red Wind...
1 Article on this Issue

Makah Tribe

article A U.S. tribe wants to resume whale hunting. Should it revive this tradition?
(12/1/2019)
(Washington) -- Each year at this time, gray whales begin the roughly 6,000-mile journey south from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska to their calving and breeding...
article SEATTLE TIMES: Honor the Makahs’ treaty right to hunt whales
(11/29/2019)
(Washington) -- The 1855 Treaty of Neah Bay could not be clearer: The U.S. government agreed the Makah Tribe, natives of the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula, had...
article After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again
(11/14/2019)
(Washington) -- Patrick DePoe was in high school the last time his Native American tribe in Washington state was allowed to hunt whales. He was on a canoe that greeted...
article Makah Tribe’s quest to hunt another gray whale moves to court
(11/14/2019)
(Washington) -- Twenty years ago, the Makah Indian Tribe hunted and killed a gray whale, touching off both pride and protest around the world. The tribe is attempting to...
article Will Whale Hunting Return to the Pacific Northwest?
(11/14/2019)
(Washington) -- The hunters paddled frantically, closing in on their target. When they drew near, one of them stood in the cedar canoe and thrust a harpoon into the...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Spokane Tribe

article Deb Abrahamson blames mining pollution for her cancer, keeps fighting toxic legacy on Spokane reservation
(12/1/2019)
(Washington) -- Even when Deb Abrahamson talks about herself – about being diagnosed with a cancerous, newborn-sized tumor in her uterus, about the misdiagnoses...
1 Article on this Issue

Kalispel Tribe

article NENEMA: Governor Inslee should revoke support for smelter project
(11/30/2019)
(Washington) -- A proposed smelter that threatens the health and natural resources of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians was named a project of “statewide significance...
1 Article on this Issue

Snoqualmie Tribe

article Nooksack entrepreneur sells company to Snoqualmie Tribe; will stay on as CEO
(11/29/2019)
(Washington) -- A Nooksack tribal member has sold his native art business to the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe in a move that’s expected to grow the company and protect...
article Iconic Seattle business changes hands
(11/26/2019)
(Washington) -- The Snoqualmie Tribe acquires the largest Native-owned arts oriented company in North America. How to prepare your turkey. Building a private wildlife...
article Snoqualmie Tribe kicks off Washington’s first Native Arts Week by buying a Native design brand
(11/25/2019)
(Washington) -- Louie Gong began his entrepreneurial art journey by painting Native American patterns and designs on Vans slip-on sneakers. In 2008 he founded Eighth...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Tulalip Tribe

article On Tulalip Day, elementary students embrace tribal tradition
(11/28/2019)
(Washington) -- Drum beats pounded through the elementary school gymnasium, as young people in colorful traditional tribal clothing danced in the center of the room....
1 Article on this Issue

Health Care

article With few choices and ‘a lot of unknowns,’ some rural school employees are wary of new health plans
(11/27/2019)
(Washington) -- Joni Scott teaches language, arts and history at Wellpinit High School and has done so for more than 30 years. She lives in the community, on the Spokane...
1 Article on this Issue

Jamestown S’Klallam

article Tribe looks to bring back oyster farming to Dungeness Spit
(11/27/2019)
(Washington) -- The Dungeness Spit, a few miles northwest of Sequim, could soon get some controversial neighbors: 80,000 bags of oysters, floating in the water, anchored...
article Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe awaits decision on oyster farm
(11/24/2019)
(Washington) -- The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will know before Christmas whether it will secure two Clallam County permits needed for its proposal to re-establish...
article S'Klallam Tribe purchasing 1,000 acres of timber land from Pope Resources
(11/22/2019)
(Washington) -- Pope Resources will sell nearly 1,000 acres of timber land in North Kitsap to the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. The timber and real estate company...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Card Clubs

article Washington State casino handed massive bill over investigation
(11/26/2019)
(Washington) -- Macau Casino LLC in Washington State has agreed, most likely very reluctantly, to cover the cost of an investigation conducted by state authorities into...
article Washington State’s Macau Casino to Compensate Gambling Commission for $1.25M Investigation
(11/25/2019)
(Washington) -- Washington State’s Macau Casino will pay $1.25 million to officials under a recent agreement with the Gambling Commission to cover inquiry costs....
2 Total Articles on this Issue

eSports

article Pasco man to open Esports venue in December
(11/25/2019)
(Washington) -- A Pasco man is going all in to bring Esports to the Tri-Cities and KAPP-KVEW got an exclusive look at "Order of the Games." Aaron Baldy is a...
1 Article on this Issue

Thanksgiving

article 3 Indigenous Chefs Talk About What Thanksgiving Means to Them
(11/25/2019)
(Washington) -- We asked these members of I-Collective, an organization of indigenous chefs and activists, how they're spending Thanksgiving. Let’s take a...
1 Article on this Issue

National Indian Gaming Commission

article Hoeven: Senate confirms nomination of E. Sequoyah Simermeyer as National Indian Gaming Commission Chair
(11/22/2019)
(Washington) -- Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today issued the following statement after the Senate approved the...
1 Article on this Issue

Agua Caliente

article Seattle to Palm Springs: How hockey will connect the cities by 2021
(11/21/2019)
(Washington) -- A trip to the desert might be nice on those cold Seattle days. That's what the Oak View Group (OVG) and NHL Seattle are banking on as they push...
1 Article on this Issue

Yakama Nation

article PacifiCorp, Yakama Nation OK land deal near river
(11/20/2019)
(Washington) -- The Yakama Nation has entered an agreement that would allow it to buy hundreds of acres of land along the White Salmon River downstream from the former...
article PacifiCorp, Yakama Nation OK land deal along White Salmon River
(11/19/2019)
(Washington) -- The Yakama Nation has entered an agreement that would allow it to purchase hundreds of acres of land along the White Salmon River downstream from the...
article State expands in-home visits for new Yakama moms through Children's Village
(11/14/2019)
(Washington) -- Children’s Village will receive state funding to expand in-home visits for first-time Yakama Nation mothers through its Nurse Family Partnership...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Washington Gaming

article COLUMN: Casinos are a continually expanding aspect of our local economy
(11/18/2019)
(Washington) -- We here at The Index rarely write about casinos, and I can’t say that I personally look forward to spending time in a windowless hallway crammed...
article Pasco Washington Tribal Casino Possible if Land Placed in Trust
(11/18/2019)
(Washington) -- The Pasco, Washington State region could get a tribal gaming venue if 184 acres are eventually approved by the US government for federal trust status...
article Tribes consider a Pasco casino, maybe a water park, after signing agreement with city
(11/17/2019)
(Washington) -- The city of Pasco and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are cooperating as tribal work advances toward creating a casino or other...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Lummi Nation

article Lummi Nation could sue under repatriation act to free captive orca in Miami
(11/17/2019)
(Washington) -- In a new effort to release the last surviving southern resident orca in captivity, two Lummi Nation tribal members have notified a Miami theme park they...
1 Article on this Issue

Native American Heritage Month

article Dancers, drummers demonstrate tribal dance heritage at REACH museum
(11/17/2019)
(Washington) -- November is National Native American Heritage month, and Tri-Cities celebrated at the REACH museum Saturday. Student dancers and drummers were in town...
1 Article on this Issue

Coeur d’Alene Tribe

article Magazine ranks Kalispel, CdA casino golf courses among nation’s top 50
(11/14/2019)
(Washington) -- Two area golf courses are among the top 50 casino golf courses in the nation, according to an annual list published by Golfweek magazine. The Orlando,...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Local culinary teams to face off in Gingerbread Build-Off at Northern Quest Sunday
(12/6/2019)
(Washington) -- What's Christmas without gingerbread cookie houses? For the first time, Northern Quest Resort and Casino is hosting the 15th annual gingerbread...
article History? Yes. ‘She is the best person for the job’
(12/5/2019)
(Washington) -- As he introduced Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Isleta Pueblo, on Dec. 4 as the newest member of the Washington state Supreme Court, Gov. Jay Inslee noted that...
article Seattle launches new community for homeless Native Americans
(12/5/2019)
(Washington) -- Homelessness across the U.S. is growing, but nowhere is it as prevalent as along the West Coast. While California has increased rate of homelessness,...
article Dept. of Commerce Selects Ernie Rasmussen of Okanogan as Coordinator for Tribal Governments Statewide
(12/4/2019)
(Washington) -- Economic development planner for The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Nation, Ernie Rasmussen, was selected as tribal liaison. His responsibility will...
article Seattle artist pulls inspiration from his ancestors for upcoming exhibit at The Smithsonian
(12/4/2019)
(Washington) -- Growing up in Wallingford with creative parents, local glass artist Preston Singletary was taught that he could do anything he wanted. "Why limit...
article Tribal education leader dies in crash
(12/4/2019)
(Washington) -- A woman who helped generations of members of the Colville Tribes pursue their educations died in a crash Friday night just north of Coulee Dam.
article Man Leads Chase From Yelm to Lacey, Carjacks Casino Guard
(12/3/2019)
(Washington) -- A 36-year-old man was arrested Sunday after leading law enforcement officials on a chase that included the carjacking of a security guard at the...
article Water temperature problem in local creeks regains attention
(12/1/2019)
(Washington) -- The state Department of Ecology is refocusing on a water quality problem in the Skagit River watershed that’s gotten little attention over the past...
article Black Belt Eagle Scout Inspires Indigenous Kids
(11/29/2019)
(Washington) -- In 2007 Katherine Paul, or KP, left home to go to to college. Her home was the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, about halfway between Seattle and...
article Holiday Native Arts Fair Expands to Include New Studios
(11/29/2019)
(Washington) -- For their 23rd Annual Holiday Native Art Fair, The Evergreen State College will be hosting artists in the college’s Fiber Arts Studio and Carving...
article Agnes Pilgrim, global advocate of indigenous rights, dies
(11/28/2019)
(Washington) -- Agnes Baker Pilgrim, the oldest member of Oregon’s Takelma tribe and a vocal advocate for clean water and Native American rights, has died. She was...
article Washington State Patrol welcomes full-time tribal liaison
(11/27/2019)
(Washington) -- The Washington State Patrol Government and Media Relations team this week welcomed Patti Gosch, the first full-time tribal liaison in department history...
article Native photographer is ‘rounding the corner’ on Project 562
(11/27/2019)
(Washington) -- Photographer Matika Wilbur, who is a member of the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes, set out seven years ago in November on an ambitious journey. The goal...
article Elwha Tribe wraps up a busy season of river restoration
(11/26/2019)
(Washington) -- Although the removal of the two Elwha River dams in 2013 got world-wide attention as the biggest-ever project of its kind and a major step forward in...
article A Beloved Man: Guard member with Cherokee heritage leads with character, values, beliefs
(11/26/2019)
(Washington) -- Ani-Yvwiya, a Cherokee word for the name of their tribe, translates as the Real People. This might be read as: genuine, authentic, true. Real People.
article NFL: Russell Wilson’s Ethnicity Brings Pride to Native Americans
(11/26/2019)
(Washington) -- Russell Wilson is becoming one of the best NFL quarterbacks and highest-paid players. But the Super Bowl XLVIII champion’s time in the league has...
article When Native Americans Got Arrested for Their Right to Washington’s Fish
(11/25/2019)
(Washington) -- As Billy Frank Jr. emptied his salmon net, two game wardens came in swinging. The 14-year-old member of the Nisqually nation struggled as they shoved his...
article Things to do in Seattle: Native arts edition
(11/25/2019)
(Washington) -- Birds wearing hats — it’s not something commonly seen in nature, but after viewing the current exhibit at Stonington Gallery, you may wonder...
article Coeur d’Alene Tribe member sentenced to prison for assault on Colville Reservation
(11/25/2019)
(Washington) -- A federal judge sentenced a member of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe to more than three years in federal prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to...
article Seattle's Eagle Village gives Native American people second chance
(11/24/2019)
(Washington) -- Native American and Alaska Native people experiencing homelessness in King County now have a new place to call home. Similar to a tiny home village,...

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