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4 of 5 people shot to death on Yakama Reservation identified; suspects indicted in carjacking, weapons violations

The only thing marking the site Tuesday where police say four of the five people were killed on the Yakama Indian Reservation over the weekend is a piece of crime-scene tape, tied to a fence post and fluttering in the hot breeze. All of the victims lived in and around the town of White Swan, a small community in the heart of the 1.1 million-acre reservation in Yakima County.

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6/23/2019

article Chairman wants Yakama Tribal Councilman to resign. His fate could be decided at a special July meeting
(Washington) -- The misdemeanor conviction of Yakama Nation Tribal Councilman Edwin Lewis has sparked division, leading to a special meeting called for next month. It...

6/15/2019

article Hanford Journey honors tribal leader, acknowledges ongoing fight for environmental cleanup
(Washington) -- More than 150 people gathered Friday for the first day-long “Hanford Journey,” a collaboration between the Yakama Nation and the Columbia...

6/12/2019

article 5 People Killed on Yakama Indian Reservation, Authorities Say
(Washington) -- In February 2018, leaders of the Yakama Nation faced what they called a public safety crisis on its sprawling reservation in central Washington State....
article All 5 victims of deadly shootings on Yakama Reservation identified; suspects indicted in carjacking, weapons violations
(Washington) -- The only thing marking the site Tuesday where police say four of the five people were killed on the Yakama Indian Reservation over the weekend is a piece...
article Relatives wonder whether drugs, revenge figured in Yakama Reservation killings
(Washington) -- On Saturday, Thomas Hernandez walked out of his house and got into a vehicle that had pulled up outside, then went on a short drive through the sagebrush...
article Yakima County coroner identifies fifth shooting victim
(Washington) -- The Yakima County coroner has released the name of a man who was among five people shot to death on the Yakama Indian Reservation last weekend. The...

6/11/2019

article 2 charged in connection with 5 deaths on Yakama reservation
(Washington) -- Two men arrested in connection with five slayings over the weekend on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington state were charged Monday with assault...
article 2 men took child hostage after Yakima Co. killings, court file says
(Washington) -- A homeowner told law officers that two men linked to the killing of five people on the Yakama Reservation approached his residence and briefly took a...
article 4 of 5 people shot to death on Yakama Reservation identified; suspects indicted in carjacking, weapons violations
(Washington) -- The only thing marking the site Tuesday where police say four of the five people were killed on the Yakama Indian Reservation over the weekend is a piece...

6/10/2019

article All 4 suspects arrested in 5 killings near White Swan
(Washington) -- All four suspects believed involved in the slaying of five people on the Yakama Indian Reservation have been arrested. KNDO-TV of Yakima reported Monday...
article All suspects arrested after five were killed in shooting on Washington state reservation
(Washington) -- A final suspect has been arrested after a days-long manhunt over a series of fatal shootings at a Native American reservation. James Cloud, 35, was...
article Two men, suspected in fatal shooting of five on Yakama Reservation, charged with assault
(Washington) -- Two men suspected in the deaths of five people on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Central Washington held a child at gunpoint and stole a vehicle while...
article UPDATE: Final suspect captured in White Swan area shootings that left five dead
(Washington) -- The Yakima Nation announced Monday morning that James Cloud, 35, has been captured. Cloud was the fourth, and law enforcement officials say final, person...
article YCSO says mass murder in White Swan likely drug-related
(Washington) -- "We’re approaching 20, and we’re not even halfway through the year," said Yakima County Sheriff Robert Udell. Udell is talking...

6/9/2019

article 5 reported dead after shootings on Yakama Reservation
(Washington) -- Five people have died after shootings at several locations on the Yakama Reservation in central Washington. KAPP-TV reports the shootings happened late...
article Coroner confirms two victims in White Swan shootings
(Washington) -- Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice confirmed Sunday afternoon that his office was in possession of two victims who both have apparent gunshot wounds....

6/4/2019

article Yakama Treaty Days commemoration begins Friday in Toppenish
(Washington) -- Members of the Yakama Nation and community members will gather Friday to commemorate the 164th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of 1855. The 14-...

5/23/2019

article Deputies: Fugitive tried to hijack Legends casino parking-lot shuttle
(Washington) -- A Selah man charged with eluding after leading Yakima County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase over Mother’s Day weekend is now...

5/8/2019

article Why does the Yakama Nation get to sell fireworks that are illegal in Washington State?
(Washington) -- “The past is never dead; it’s not even past,” American writer William Faulkner once said. Events of both the distant and immediate past...

4/24/2019

article Federal judge rules in favor of Yakama fireworks sales along Columbia River
(Washington) -- Yakama tribal members are allowed to sell fireworks on tribal lands without any interference by Klickitat County authorities, a federal judge ruled...

4/14/2019

article Yakama Nation Tribal PD investigating house fire as a possible arson
(Washington) -- Yakama Nation Tribal PD is investigating a house fire on 400 1st Street in White Swan as a possible arson. On arrival, they found the residence had smoke...

3/21/2019

article Neil Gorsuch joins liberals giving Yakama Nation a Supreme Court victory over state of Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court sided with the Yakama Nation over Washington state Tuesday, ruling that the 1855 treaty between the confederated tribe and the U.S...
article Supreme Court OKs Native Indians’ Fuel Tax Exemption
(Washington D.C.) -- A divided Supreme Court ruled 5–4 that an 1855 treaty between the U.S. government and the Yakama Indian tribe prevents Washington state from...
article Supreme Court ruling exempts Yakama Nation from fuel tax
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Washington state cannot tax fuel importers who are members of the Yakama Nation. The Yakima Herald-Republic...

3/20/2019

article Court rules against Yakama injunction
(Washington) -- A federal judge has denied an injunction request by the Yakama Nation against Klickitat County, saying the county is within its rights to prosecute...
article Yakama tribal member charged with felony for fishing in the Puget Sound
(Washington) -- State authorities allege that a man claiming membership in the Yakama Nation Indian Tribe was fishing illegally in Suquamish Tribe waters near Kingston...

2/25/2019

article Early action for three locals in Spokane while Yakama Tribal boys are in quarterfinals
(Washington) -- While the Kittitas, Sunnyside Christian and Yakama Tribal boys will be sitting back waiting for their quarterfinal opponents to be determined, three...

2/10/2019

article Yakama Nation state of emergency in effect until late this week
(Washington) -- As severe winter weather persists with more snow and low temperatures predicted in the next several days, a state of emergency is in effect at the Yakama...

2/9/2019

article Public art installation beside Columbia River put on hold by Yakama Nation opposition
(Washington) -- A large public art project proposed to be built beside the now-inundated great falls of the Columbia River has been put on indefinite hold by its sponsor...

12/12/2018

article Yakama Nation Wants Block On Wash. County Prosecutions (sub req)
(Washington) -- The Yakama Nation has asked a Washington federal judge for a preliminary injunction against a county in a lawsuit claiming that one of its enrolled...

12/7/2018

article Tribal housing moves forward (reg req)
(Washington) -- An affordable housing project by Yakama Nation Housing Authority dubbed Wishxum is planned for property south of Third Avenue, seen here at right, and...

12/6/2018

article Body of missing woman found
(Washington) -- Authorities say the body of a missing Yakima woman has been was found and her death is under investigation as a homicide. The body of 30-year-old Jedidah...

11/4/2018

article Yakama Nation nearly back on the air
(Washington) -- Yakama Nation Radio could be back broadcasting within two weeks now that vital equipment has arrived, said multimedia services administrator Ron Washines...

10/27/2018

article Native Tribes May End Treaty With US Gov’t Due to Trump Policy - Yakama Nation
(Washington) -- Native American tribes in the US are considering terminating the treaty they have concluded with the US government in the 19th century as a result of...

10/12/2018

article Burglary leaves Yakama Nation Radio off the air
(Washington) -- Yakama Nation DJ Roy Dick isn’t sure when the radio station will be back on the air after vital equipment was stolen early Tuesday. Burglars kicked...

10/5/2018

article Who's the law in this town? Yakama Nation sues Toppenish, Yakima County in battle over police jurisdiction
(Washington) -- Yakama Nation officials alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that Toppenish police and a Yakima County judge violated an agreement that restored law-...

9/17/2018

article Yakamas invite public to suicide prevention walk Wednesday
(Washington) -- People can learn how to make slime, a stress ball or even a dream catcher Wednesday during Walk Toward Wellness, the Yakama Nation’s annual suicide...

9/11/2018

article Yakamas sue over mining of potential tribal burial ground
(Washington) -- Fearing that a tribal burial and cultural site will be desecrated by a proposed mining expansion on Yakima Ridge, the Yakama Nation is seeking a court...

9/10/2018

article Yakama Nation sues Yakima County, Granite Northwest over proposed mining expansion
(Washington) -- The Yakama Nation is suing Yakima County and Granite Northwest over the mining company’s proposal to expand operations on the ridge dividing Yakima...

9/7/2018

article New app reconnects Yakama people with their language
(Washington) -- An Android App is reconnecting people to one of the few Yakama Indigenous dialects that are becoming endangered in Yakima. “You’ll just open...

8/28/2018

article Ground broken for new Yakama Nation fish hatchery
(Washington) -- DJ Brownlee remembers fishing for chinook salmon at Sunnyside Dam with his father while growing up in Wapato. Through the years, and now as a hatchery...
article Ground broken on Yakama Nation hatchery in West Ellensburg
(Washington) -- Yakama Tribal members, scientists with Yakama Nation Fisheries and officials from the Bonneville Power Administration were on hand Wednesday to celebrate...
article After More Than 20 Years, Healthy Bison Herd on Yakama Reservation a Point of Pride
(Washington) -- In his work with bison, it takes a lot to rattle Darwin Sockzehigh. "I'm backing up," he said calmly as a cow and her calf came thundering...

8/27/2018

article Ground broken on Yakama Nation hatchery in West Ellensburg
(Washington) -- Yakama Tribal members, scientists with Yakama Nation Fisheries and officials from the Bonneville Power Administration were on hand Wednesday to celebrate...

8/26/2018

article After more than 20 years, healthy bison herd on Yakama Reservation a point of pride
(Washington) -- In his work with bison, it takes a lot to rattle Darwin Sockzehigh. “I’m backing up,” he said calmly as a cow and her calf came...

8/24/2018

article After more than 20 years, healthy herd on Yakama Reservation a point of pride
(Washington) -- In his work with bison, it takes a lot to rattle Darwin Sockzehigh. “I’m backing up,” he said calmly as a cow and her calf came...

8/17/2018

article US Gov't Tells High Court Wash. Tribe Must Pay Fuel Tax [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to find that a Native American tribe should be subject to the...

8/15/2018

article Appeals court rules cigarette company must pay federal taxes
(Washington) -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a cigarette manufacturer on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation is on the hook for $58 million in...

8/14/2018

article Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: Yakama cigarette manufacture must pay federal taxes
(Washington) -- Yakama cigarette manufacturer King Mountain is still on the hook for $58 million in unpaid federal excise taxes, penalties and interest, the Ninth...

8/13/2018

article Ninth Circuit Nails Tribe for $58 Million in Cigarette Taxes
(Washington) -- The federal government can collect $58 million in delinquent taxes from a Native American tribal member’s tobacco business, a Ninth Circuit panel...
article Yakama Nation Declares Emergency After Friday Fire
(Washington) -- Residents in White Swan who were forced from their homes on Friday night were back in their homes on Saturday after firefighters were able to contain a...

7/31/2018

article Yakama Nation DJ delivers a message in his 10-minute film 
‘Guardian Ancestor’
(Washington) -- As he stood in the Yakama Nation Winter Lodge with young men and women filming a documentary about huckleberries, Ryan Craig offered a little advice to...

7/30/2018

article Reservation-wide burn ban effective immediately for Yakama Nation
(Washington) -- Yakama Nation Tribal Council has declared a Reservation Wide Burn Ban including the Closed Area, under authority T-127-18.

7/29/2018

article Tribal fishing a vital tradition on Valley rivers
(Washington) -- For thousands of years, Yakamas have dipped large nets into the rivers that carve through the region to catch prize salmon as well as other fish for food...

7/17/2018

article Hospital receives $25,000 grant to help reduce infant mortality rate on Yakama reservation
(Washington) -- Virginia Mason Memorial hospital and the Memorial Foundation will step up efforts to help reduce infant mortality rates on the Yakama reservation thanks...

7/4/2018

article Yakama Nation fire grows to estimated 250 acres
(Washington) -- The fire is now an estimated 250 acres, said Jonathan Nash with the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center. Nash said Yakama Nation fire...

6/29/2018

article Yakama Nation gets restraining order in fireworks dispute
(Washington) -- A federal judge has temporarily blocked Klickitat County from shutting down fireworks stands operating on tribal land in the county. The Herald-Republic...

6/28/2018

article Federal court blocks Klickitat County from shutting down Yakama firework stands
(Washington) -- A federal judge has temporarily blocked Klickitat County from shutting down four tribal fireworks stands along the Columbia River, saying the Yakamas are...
article UPDATE: EMTs accused of racist comments toward Native Americans out at AMR
(Washington) -- The two employees of an ambulance service recently accused of making derogatory comments against Native Americans on Facebook no longer work for the...
article Law Enforcement Can't Stop Wash. Tribe's Fireworks Sales (sub req)
(Washington) -- A Washington federal court on Thursday granted a request by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation for immediate relief to prevent law...

6/27/2018

article Yakama Nation fires officer facing child porn, drug charges
(Washington) -- In a prepared statement this morning, Yakama Nation officials said the tribal police officer indicted on federal charges involving child pornography and...

6/25/2018

article Tribe’s bet on casino hotel seems to be paying dividends
(Washington) -- Four years ago, the Yakama Nation embarked on a plan to bring more people to its casino outside Toppenish. A year after a 200-room hotel opened at...

6/23/2018

article Legends says hotel attracting conferences, bringing more gamblers to Yakama casino
(Washington) -- Four years ago, the Yakama Nation embarked on a plan to bring more people to its casino outside Toppenish. A year after a 200-room hotel opened at...

6/12/2018

article Federal judge: Road project over sacred site doesn't impede Yakamas' right to practice religion
(Oregon) -- A U.S. District Court judge ruled against tribal members who say a sacred burial site was ruined when a highway near Mount Hood was expanded. The ruling...
article NW Tribal Members To Appeal Religious Freedom Case
(Oregon) -- Northwest tribal members plan to appeal a decision by a federal judge in Oregon over the destruction of a spiritual site near Mount Hood. Tribal members say...

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