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Indian Tribes

Puyallup Tribe to open marijuana testing laboratory

TACOMA — The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is opening a marijuana testing laboratory, marking its first foray into the Washington’s budding marijuana industry.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest

Tulalip, other tribes oppose massive pipeline expansion in Canada

SEATTLE — A proposed pipeline-expansion project in Canada will put the fishing rights and cultural heritage of U.S. tribes at risk, a lawyer representing several Washington state tribes told Canadian energy regulators Friday.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Northwest

Tribe, Wash. state officials investigate Chinook burial site dig

ASTORIA, Ore. — Washington State and tribal officials are investigating after the Pacific County Public Utilities District dug in an area that is known as a Chinook Indian burial site.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Northwest

Hibulb exhibit all about remembering

TULALIP — Former Tulalip Tribes vice chairman Deborah Parker has been working for years to encourage legislation and other efforts to stop violence against women — “especially indigenous women” — who make up a disproportionate number of victims.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Entertainment

Tulalips, Forterra to preserve Wallace River salmon habitat

GOLD BAR — A 1.25-mile stretch of forested land along the Wallace River will now be protected forever as salmon habitat.The land, covering 121 acres on five parcels, was purchased by the environmental nonprofit Forterra in July for...

Date: 01/05/2016 | Local News

Salish coastal art to adorn new I-5 interchange

TULALIP — In a Tulalip Indian Reservation woodshop smelling of cedar sawdust, apprentice carver Ty Juvenil shows off the carved cedar outlines of orca fins.Each fin will be customized with Salish-style artistic elements — organic shapes like crescents and wedges...

Date: 12/22/2015 | Local News

As Tulalip overpass nears completion, a plea for more funding

TULALIP — On Dec. 18, with rain pouring down, a group of political leaders and government workers gathered in the offices of Quil Ceda Village.

Date: 12/22/2015 | Local News

Oregon Warm Springs tribe approves marijuana sales project

PORTLAND, Ore. — Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have approved a plan to build a facility to grow marijuana on their reservation in central Oregon and sell it at tribe-owned stores outside the reservation.

Date: 12/18/2015 | Northwest

Omak plywood mill to close early next year, affecting 175

OMAK — A plywood and veneer mill in north-central Washington is closing early next year, affecting about 175 workers.The owner, the Colville Tribal Federal Corp., said it is closing Omak Wood Products, citing factors including losing a major customer, the wildfires and falling plywood prices.

Date: 12/15/2015 | Northwest

Yakama Nation seeks more than $65 million in fire damages

YAKIMA — The Yakama Nation is seeking $65.5 million in damages from the Klickitat Public Utility District for a 2013 wildfire that burned almost 20,000 acres of tribal timber land.

Date: 12/14/2015 | Northwest

Nooksack River Casino shuttered, tribe in court for unpaid debts

DEMING, Wash. — The Nooksack River Casino in Deming has closed its doors.The Bellingham Herald reported a sign on the casino door Friday said it’s closed and that an announcement would come about how people can cash in tickets and chips.

Date: 12/12/2015 | Northwest

Supreme Court case draws Tulalip’s attention

TULALIP — Officials at the Tulalip Tribes will have their eyes on Washington, D.C., Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a case that has significant ramifications for sovereignty for every Native American tribe in the United States.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Local News

Bridge over I-5 enters final phases

TULALIP — For a section of I-5 that sees 100,000 vehicles per day, the two-lane bridge at 116th Street NE joining Marysville and Tulalip just doesn't cut it any more.In January, construction crews are set to start work on the bridge deck for a new overpass.

Date: 11/26/2015 | Local News

Medal honors two from state with integrity

There are names better known nationally among this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, announced earlier this week by the White House, but...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Editorials

Billy Frank Jr., Ruckelshaus to receive Medal of Freedom

SEATTLE — The White House has announced that an Indian treaty rights activist and Environmental Protection Agency leader from Washington state will be among those receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's top civilian award.Billy Frank, Jr. was an...

Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest

Yakama man’s 1917 illegal fishing conviction overturned

YAKIMA — Justice can come slowly. In this case it has taken nearly a century.It is the story of treaty rights, Washington state’s belated efforts to correct wrongs and an 81-year-old Yakama man who sought for years to vacate his great-uncle’s 1917 conviction for illegally fishing.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Northwest

Lushootseed spoken here

Kindergartners learn a revived language

Date: 11/13/2015 | Local News

Land formally recognized as reservation for Cowlitz Tribe

LONGVIEW — After more than a decade of legal battles, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe has received 156 acres of land to call their own.The Daily News reported that the federal government declared the land Friday as the tribe’s initial reservation.

Date: 11/09/2015 | Northwest

Marine life returns

After levee breach, the change at Qwuloolt Estuary

Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News

Should Congress control tribal recognition?

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Republican proposal to let only Congress decide whether American Indian tribes deserve federal recognition threatens the legitimacy of hundreds of tribes and would add delay to what was long a broken system, an Obama administration official said Wednesday.

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

S’Klallam Tribal member convicted of sexual abuse of teens

PORT GAMBLE — A 59-year-old member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe has been convicted of five counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor.Justice Department officials said in a news release that a jury in U.S. District Court in Tacoma found Leroy Charles guilty on Monday.

Date: 10/27/2015 | Northwest

Back where it belongs

Stillaguamish canoe stolen in the 1960s is returned to tribe

Date: 10/27/2015 | Local News

A year later, a year Stronger

The word "anniversary" doesn't seem to fit. It's better used to mark occasions of celebration, the passing of another year in a marriage, on a job, for a moment in history. But it's difficult to use the word anniversary when it's connected to tragedy. The word catches in the...

Date: 10/23/2015 | Editorials

Stories of America's tribes

Documentary photo exhibit opens at Hibulb Cultural Center

Date: 10/23/2015 | Entertainment

Tulalips seek healing

Pretending the shootings never happened wasn’t an option

Date: 10/21/2015 | Local News

S’Klallam Tribe proposes shellfish nursery to aid Hood Canal

BREMERTON — The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is looking to boost the oyster population in Hood Canal by building a shellfish nursery.

Date: 10/19/2015 | Northwest

Judges to hear Washington challenge to fish-passage ruling

SEATTLE — Federal appeals court judges are weighing whether Washington state should have to spend billions of dollars to replace culverts that block migrating salmon.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Northwest

Ex-treasurer sentenced in theft from Seattle Indian Services

SEATTLE — The former treasurer of the Seattle Indian Services Commission has been sentenced to two months in jail after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $14,000 from the organization.

Date: 10/13/2015 | Northwest

Modoc warriors honored at Oregon grave dedication

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Four Modoc men who were executed as war criminals in 1873 were honored as warriors and significant historical figures during a grave dedication ceremony at Fort Klamath.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Northwest

Tulalip Tribes mark $5.8M in giving at Raising Hands gala

TULALIP — The Tulalip Tribes gave $5.8 million in charitable donations to over 360 organizations in the past year.On Saturday, the tribes celebrated those recipients in their annual "Raising Hands" gala.

Date: 10/05/2015 | Local News

After levee breach, Marysville starts work on a trail

MARYSVILLE — The levee at the Qwuloolt Estuary has been breached for nearly a month and the ecosystem is slowly transforming from a weed-covered lowland into a salt marsh.With the Tulalip Tribes...

Date: 09/28/2015 | Local News

Trial begins Monday for father of Marysville school shooter

SEATTLE — Raymond Fryberg’s lawyers say he was never served with a domestic violence restraining order and had no idea he wasn’t allowed to have guns.

Date: 09/18/2015 | Local News

Too few pink salmon prompts Skagit tribe to close fishery

MOUNT VERNON — The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe has decided to close its pink salmon fishery because fewer pinks have returned to the Skagit River than anticipated.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

Tulalip Tribal member sentenced for killing bald eagles

SEATTLE — A federal judge has sentenced a Tulalip Tribal member to 111 days in prison for clubbing two bald eagles to death and then trying to sell them.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News

'Helping the greater good'

Cultural Kitchen allows sharing of foods from around the world

Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News

Early morning closure of I-5 at 116th on Sept. 10

TULALIP — Early-morning drivers who use I-5 through the Tulalip-Marysville area should plan on a full closure of all northbound lanes on Thursday, Sept. 10.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Street Smarts

Fraud charges filed against Swinomish tribal officer

SEATTLE — Fraud charges have been filed against a fish and game enforcement officer with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community accused of misusing tribal funds.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Northwest

Don’t hand over job to the EPA

The Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee now have some motivation. And a deadline.The federal Environmental Protection Agency has notified the state that it intends to move forward with a stringent clean-water...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Editorials

After McKinley, is Rainier next?

Editorial: Should we change our mountain's moniker?

Date: 09/01/2015 | Editorials

Ebey Slough levee breached

After a century, farmland becomes salmon habitat

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

Lummi Nation ask feds to reject permit for Bellingham coal terminal

LUMMI RESERVATION, Wash. — The Lummi Nation has hired a law firm to help in its efforts to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issuing a permit for a coal terminal at Cherry Point.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest

Qwuloolt Estuary Project

Breach goal: Return of the wild salmon

Date: 08/23/2015 | Local News

Lummi totem travels Canada to Montana to oppose coal exports

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Native American tribe is taking a 22-foot totem pole from Canada through the Pacific Northwest to Montana in opposition of proposed coal export terminals.

Date: 08/21/2015 | Northwest

Federal program gives tribes access to criminal databases

Federal officials on Wednesday launched a new program that will allow tribes access to national criminal databases and fix a system that allowed a man to buy a gun that was later used by his son to kill four classmates and himself at a Marysville Pilchuck High School.

Date: 08/19/2015 | Local News

Coal company, Montana tribe partner on Bellingham coal port

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Wyoming company has entered a partnership to develop a Washington state coal port for shipments of the fuel to Asia.The deal includes a future option for Montana’s Crow Tribe to take a 5 percent stake in the project.

Date: 08/14/2015 | Northwest

Former Tulalip Tribes fisheries co-director accused of poaching

TULALIP — Joe Hatch was supposed to be managing the shellfish he's now accused of poaching.The former co-director of the Tulalip Tribes fisheries and wildlife division is facing criminal charges for allegedly trafficking in crab and shrimp.Hatch, 51,...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News

‘Walk of Strength’ marks Marysville Pilchuck shooting milestone

MARYSVILLE — A community event is planned for the one-year milestone of the shootings at Marysville Pilchuck High School.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Local News

Court upholds Suquamish’s right to share fishing with Tulalips

TULALIP — A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s decision that recognized the Suquamish Tribe’s rights to fish in Port Gardner and other nearby waters.

Date: 08/08/2015 | Local News

Portland Art Museum to return sacred Crow artifacts to tribe

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Art Museum will be returning 18 ceremonial packages to Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation decades after the sacred artifacts were taken from the tribe.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Northwest

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Date: 08/07/2015 | Entertainment

Los Lobos, absolutely free

Grammy winners to play at Arlington fest

Date: 08/07/2015 | Entertainment

An uphill tax battle for county

Snohomish County and the state of Washington were already facing a difficult legal battle against the Tulalip Tribes confederation. Now, the U.S. Justice Department is seeking to join the lawsuit and is...

Date: 08/06/2015 | Editorials

U.S. supports Tulalips in lawsuit to fight local, state taxes

SEATTLE — The U.S. Justice Department filed a motion on Tuesday asking to join the Tulalip Tribes in a federal lawsuit against the State of Washington and Snohomish County that seeks to stop them from...

Date: 08/04/2015 | Local News

Water quality rules might be up to feds after Inslee drops rewrite

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday scrapped a major rewrite of the state's clean water rules, opening the door for the federal government to impose its standard on the state.Inslee, in a...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Local News

Tulalip students help Seattle build tiny houses

Agencies looking to house homeless people in tiny houses have agreed to set up a small village at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Seattle. Students from the Tulalip Tribes’ Construction Trades pre-apprenticeship...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Local News

Ex-tribal police chief pleads guilty to stealing from Swinomish Tribe

SEATTLE — The former police chief of the Swinomish Police Department has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $34,000 from the tribe in northwest Washington.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Northwest

Makah tribal member charged with biting, punching federal officer

TACOMA — A tribal jail inmate faces new charges after he bit and punched a federal officer during an escape attempt.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest

Oregon tribes preparing for climate change impact on First Foods

ELGIN, Ore. — Against the backdrop of a region-wide drought, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are bracing for the potentially harmful long-term effects of climate change.

Date: 07/26/2015 | Northwest

Stilly under siege

River and fish weather silt, slides and drought

Date: 07/26/2015 | Local News

State to sell former state park to Squaxin Island Tribe

POULSBO — Washington State Parks will sell a former state park to the Squaxin Island Tribe, which forced the park’s closure more than two decades ago.

Date: 07/24/2015 | Northwest

Work to begin on new 116th bridge over I-5

Work is scheduled to start July 20 on a Tulalip Tribes project to improve the interchange of I-5 and 116th Street NE.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Street Smarts

Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe denied federal recognition

SEATTLE — The federal government has again rejected a Seattle tribe’s petition for federal recognition as an Indian tribe.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Northwest

S’Kallam hallowed ground makes Washington historic register

CHIIMACUM, Wash. — An area of spiritual significance to the S’Kallam people has been added to the Washington state register of historic places.Tamanowas Rock is located on an 82-acre parcel of land about 10 miles south of Port Townsend.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Northwest

Diving for geoducks

How tribes carefully manage a lucrative harvest

Date: 06/28/2015 | Local News

Q&A: Tulalip Tribes sue to reclaim sales taxes

What’s the lawsuit all about?

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News

Tribes sue to claim taxes

$40 million a year collected from tribal-owned Quil Ceda Village

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News

Police: Man stabbed to death on Yakama tribe’s reservation

YAKIMA — Sheriff’s officials say a man was stabbed to death at a family gathering on the Yakama Indian Nation’s reservation.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Northwest

Federal agency OKs proposed Spokane Tribe casino

SPOKANE — The Spokane Tribe has won approval from the federal government in its effort to build an off-reservation casino in Airway Heights.

Date: 06/16/2015 | Northwest

Students build for homeless

Native students' houses destined for Seattle camp

Date: 06/16/2015 | Local News

Montana tribe: We’re entitled to more than 2 bison

HELENA, Mont. — Leaders of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians want Montana officials to allow its members to hunt more bison that leave Yellowstone National Park.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Northwest

Tulalips welcome first king salmon

TULALIP — The longhouse on the shores of Tulalip Bay echoed with drums and voices and filled with the smoke of twin cedar fires as members of the Tulalip Tribes marked the start of salmon season Saturday.

Date: 06/13/2015 | Local News

Tulalip Tribes take county, state to court over sales taxes

TULALIP — The Tulalip Tribes filed a federal lawsuit Friday to stop Snohomish County and the state of Washington from imposing sales tax within its Quil Ceda Village retail area.

Date: 06/13/2015 | Local News

Montana landowners on reservations get government buyback offers

BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. government has made offers worth more than $230 million combined to buy fractionated parcels of land on two Montana American Indian reservations and turn them over to tribal governments, Department of Interior officials said.

Date: 06/08/2015 | Northwest

Stilly tribal police commissioned by county sheriff

ARLINGTON — The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians’ police force has been commissioned by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.The change allows tribal police the same powers as sheriff’s deputies, including the ability to arrest non-tribal members on tribal lands.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Local News

Fryberg resigns from Tulalip Tribes’ board of directors

TULALIP — Marlin Fryberg Jr., a longtime member of the Tulalip Tribes’ board of directors, announced his resignation from the board Thursday.

Date: 05/30/2015 | Local News

Justice Department eyes voting reforms for American Indians

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking legislation that would require state and local election officials to work with American Indian tribes to locate at least one polling place on or near each tribe’s land.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Northwest

Man sentenced in Yakima for selling golden eagle feathers

YAKIMA — A man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for trying to arrange the illegal sale of golden eagle feathers.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Northwest

Newly signed law requires tribal history, culture in curriculum

OLYMPIA — Washington public schools will be required to teach about the history and culture of the state's federally recognized tribes under a new law signed this week.A 2005 law encouraged school districts to include instruction on tribal history using a curriculum...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Local News

Culture in the curriculum

Schools to integrate native traditions

Date: 05/04/2015 | Local News

Tulalip Tribes lose bid for more video gambling terminals

TULALIP — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that the Tulalip Tribes are not entitled to additional video-gambling terminals under terms of an agreement between the state and the

Date: 04/27/2015 | Local News

Why MicroGreen failed

Vaunted Arlington tech firm had complicated ownership

Date: 04/26/2015 | Business

Tribes urge restart of background checks in child placement

SEATTLE — Washington tribes and the country’s largest group representing Native Americans are asking for state and federal help in getting background checks when a tribe needs to place a child with a foster parent in an emergency situation.

Date: 04/18/2015 | Northwest

Father of school shooter pleads not guilty to gun charge

SEATTLE — The father of the Washington teenager who fatally shot four high school classmates and then himself in October pleaded not guilty in federal court to illegally possessing the gun used in the slayings.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

Racism charge leveled

Lovick objects to Council chairman's joke at Tulalip event

Date: 04/14/2015 | Local News

Washington tribe sues to block oil trains across its land

ANACORTES — The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is suing BNSF Railway, alleging the company is violating an agreement that restricts the number of trains that can cross its reservation in northwest Washington.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Northwest

State buying 1,700 acres of forest on Olympic Peninsula

OLYMPIA — The Washington state Department of Natural Resources is buying more than 1,700 acres of forest land north of the Quinault Indian Reservation on the western Olympic Peninsula. Purchased for $5.2 million from The Nature Conservancy, the land will add to both wildlife habitat and working...

Date: 04/08/2015 | Northwest

Handful of holdout tribes dig in against gay marriage

Even if a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this spring makes same-sex marriage the law, it would leave pockets of the country where it isn’t likely to be recognized any time soon: the reservations of a handful of sovereign Native American tribes, including the nation’s two largest.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Nation & World

Arlington green-tech company MicroGreen shuts down

ARLINGTON — After attracting more than $40 million from outside investors, MicroGreen Polymers, a hot, up-and-coming clean-tech company, suddenly closed its doors Friday.The company, which at one point employed more than 100 people, did...

Date: 04/06/2015 | Business

Warm Springs tribes in Oregon fires official who alleged mismanagement

BEND, Ore. — The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has fired an official whose concerns led to a federal investigation.The tribes’ director of human resources told The Bend Bulletin on Friday that secretary-treasurer Jake Suppah was let go.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Northwest

MP shooter’s father granted release by feds after gun charge

SEATTLE — A federal judge on Thursday set conditions allowing for the release of Raymond Lee Fryberg Jr., who is accused of illegally obtaining the gun which his son used to kill four classmates in an October school...

Date: 04/02/2015 | Local News

Boys & Girls Clubs opens door for kids in Brewster

Welcome. Great futures start here.Dozens of kids, loaded with backpacks and homework, were greeted by those messages Monday when they walked into the newest club run by Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County.

Date: 03/25/2015 | Local News

Tulalip Tribes return former chairman to board

TULALIP — Former Tulalip Tribes Chairman Mel Sheldon Jr. was returned to the tribal board of directors after annual elections Saturday.Sheldon, who was also elected chairman of the board in a separate vote Saturday, returns to the board

Date: 03/24/2015 | Local News

No public tours on Rattlesnake peak until tribes consulted

KENNEWICK— A federal judge says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should have consulted with tribes before expanding wildflowers tours to Rattlesnake Mountain within the Hanford Reach National Monument.

Date: 03/22/2015 | Northwest

These towns still stand

Even nearly 14 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it's impossible to look at the New York City skyline and not think about what is missing, not just the buildings, but the lives.It will be the same in the Upper Stillaguamish Valley, 14 years from now, 30...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Editorials

Former Swinomish police chief indicted

SEATTLE — The former chief of the Swinomish Police Department has been indicted on charges of embezzling more than $30,000 from the tribe.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Northwest

Medal of Valor presented to Oso mudslide communities

OLYMPIA — There were tears, smiles and — thanks to a logger named Quinn Nations — a touch of politics Wednesday as Darrington, Oso, Arlington and the Sauk-Suiattle tribe received the state Medal of Valor for

Date: 03/18/2015 | Local News

Quinault tribe settles civil rights lawsuit with 3 districts

TAHOLAH, Wash. — The Quinault Indian Nation has settled a civil rights lawsuit it filed against three school districts on the Olympic Peninsula.

Date: 03/16/2015 | Northwest

Puyallup Tribe buys cancer treatment center

TACOMA — The Puyallup Tribe has purchased a cancer treatment center and the western Washington tribe says it will be moving the operation to Fife.

Date: 03/15/2015 | Northwest

A gathering place

Stillaguamish Tribe's new center connects youth & elders

Date: 03/10/2015 | Local News

Lummi tribe joins federal land buyback program

BELLINGHAM — The federal government says the Lummi Nation of northwest Washington state has joined a $1.9 billion tribal lands consolidation program.

Date: 03/09/2015 | Northwest

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