Fire destroys Colville tribal HQ in Nespelem

NESPELEM — A fire early Monday destroyed the three-story administration building for the Colville Indian reservation, said Mike Finley, chairman of the governing business council.

No one was believed to be in the building when the fire broke out about 1 a.m. in Nespelem, which is about five miles north of Grand Coulee Dam. There’s no indication yet how it started. It was not related to a wildfire, Finley said.

Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to an adjacent Bureau of Indian Affairs building, he said.

The building that burned to the ground housed the business council and support staff for the Confederated Tribes Of The Colville Reservation.

Tribal records were lost and some services will be bottlenecked, Finley said. The confederation has 12 tribes with 9,470 members and a 1.4 million reservation in northeast Washington.

“The governing body no longer has a place to operate,” he said. “Our tribal government is homeless.”

The tribe has other offices where officials will try to find space until the administration building can be rebuilt. The tribe had started planning for a new government center, so it has a head start on the replacement, Finley said.

View Larger Map

More in Local News

Lake Stevens man shot by deputies reportedly was suicidal

The fatal shooting is the latest incident where someone apparently wanted police to fire.

Man suspected of robbing Rite Aids

Mill Creek police released a sketch Monday evening of the suspect.

Teen charged with murder in shooting over car

A Lynnwood teen has been charged with second-degree murder for… Continue reading

Police looking for Lynnwood bank robber

The robber did not flash a weapon to the teller at a U.S. Bank.

Here’s how much property taxes will rise to pay for schools

The owner of a $350,000 home is looking at a property-tax hike of nearly $300 this year.

Everett man accused of causing his baby’s brain damage

He told police he shook his son to get him to stop crying, and the boy slipped out of his hands.

At one point she dropped out; now she’s graduation-bound

Anita Bradford-Diaz has had her share of setbacks, but they only seem to increase her motivation.

Mayor, others break ground on low-barrier housing in Everett

Somers: The complex is expected to save lives and “really shows the heart of this community.”

Employee threats caused lockdown at Arlington elementary

Arlington Police said all students and staff were.

Most Read