EVERETT — After a nearly monthlong stalemate, the Department of Fish & Wildlife and Native American tribes have come to an agreement on a recreational fishing season for Puget Sound.
Date: 05/26/2016 | Local News
DARRINGTON — Last week a rash of equipment thefts was discovered from stream monitoring sites in three counties.The thieves targeted stream gauges in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. The devices are used to monitor stream flow, water temperature and sedimentation.
Date: 05/26/2016 | Local News
PARIS — A Paris auction house has defended its practices as within the law after Native American leaders in Washington protested its latest plan to sell off part of their tribal history, getting bi-partisan support.
Date: 05/25/2016 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — A federal judge is siding for now with the city of Snoqualmie in a dispute over utility services at the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe’s casino.
Date: 05/16/2016 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Construction is beginning on Washington’s newest state ferry, the Suquamish.
Date: 05/11/2016 | Northwest
Monday's decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny a permit to build the nation's largest coal export terminal at Cherry...
Date: 05/11/2016 | Editorials
Recreational fishermen protest tribal members’ harvest
Date: 05/07/2016 | Local News
SHIPROCK, N.M. — A stranger who lured 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike into his van with promises of watching a movie instead walked her into the hills of a remote area of the Navajo Nation, a place known for its breathtaking views and a monolithic rock outcropping that stands as a beacon for miles.
Date: 05/05/2016 | Nation & World
ELLENSBURG — Washington Supreme Court will be traveling to Ellensburg to hear cases at Central Washington University on Thursday.The three cases to be heard focus on tribal property taxes, staffing at Western State Hospital and Washington’s First Amendment
Date: 05/04/2016 | Northwest
DEMING — The Nooksack Indian Tribe is searching for a new judge after it fired its previous judge days after she ruled against the tribal council.
Date: 05/02/2016 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Last week, a group of environmental scientists, resource managers, planners, researchers, students and elders gathered at the Mountaineers’ headquarters on Sand Point Way to exchange ideas.
Date: 05/02/2016 | Local News
Recently, billboards have popped up in Western Washington that were sponsored by a campaign called "What's Upstream?" They were paid for with taxpayer money via a grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Their message: Agriculture is damaging our state's...
Date: 05/01/2016 | Commentary
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Native American tribe in South Dakota sued the federal government Thursday over the nearly five-month closure of the only emergency room on its reservation.
Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — A final round of negotiations between the state and tribal fishery managers has failed to end in an agreement on whether to allow salmon fishing in Puget Sound.Without a deal, salmon fishing will no longer be allowed in Puget Sound starting Sunday.
Date: 04/28/2016 | Northwest
NORTH BEND, Ore. — The Coquille Indian Tribe is calling for a state lottery campaign to be changed, calling it insensitive to indigenous people.
Date: 04/21/2016 | Northwest
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Two Native American reservations — one in the Dakotas and another in Washington state — have been selected as test sites ahead of the 2020 census, as officials mull whether to ask for the first time about tribal enrollment.
Date: 04/20/2016 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to uphold a federal law aimed at people who have been convicted of repeated acts of domestic violence on Indian lands.
Date: 04/19/2016 | Nation & World
PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County commissioners will meet with the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribal council today to discuss the tribe’s environmental concerns regarding a proposed resort in Brinnon.
Date: 04/18/2016 | Business
EVERETT — There will be no commercial or tribal ocean fishing for coho salmon and only a small recreational fishery this year.This week the Pacific Fishery Management Council, a group of resource managers from federal, state and...
Date: 04/16/2016 | Local News
There’s a crisis gripping a small indigenous community in Northern Ontario: The Attawapiskat First Nation, home to fewer than 2,000 people, is struggling with a suicide epidemic.
Date: 04/14/2016 | Nation & World
BILLINGS, Mont. — Prominent state leaders and tribal officials in ceremonial headdresses crowded around the flag-draped coffin of the last surviving war chief of Montana's Crow Indian Tribe.At least 700 mourners on Wednesday packed into the one building on the Crow...
Date: 04/06/2016 | Northwest
Along with being an important source of food and a cultural icon for Northwesterners, salmon also serve as an indicator of the health of the environment.And some of the latest indicators aren't good.State and tribal fishery agencies, as they consider alternatives...
Date: 03/29/2016 | Editorials
BEND, Ore. — A member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has been named Oregon’s eighth poet laureate.
Date: 03/28/2016 | Northwest
TULALIP — The Tulalip Tribes' membership re-elected three of its board members to new terms Saturday.Board members Bonnie Juneau, Marie Zackuse and Theresa Sheldon each won their seats. There were 17 candidates.Elections for the board of directors are held...
Date: 03/20/2016 | Local News
For the last two years, our four tribal nations have participated in a Canadian regulatory proceeding opposing an oil pipeline most in the United States have never heard of. The Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline, while proposed on Canadian soil, would result in a dramatic...
Date: 03/20/2016 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is sounding alarms over potential dangers in the water supplies on the nation’s Indian reservations, saying the vast majority of tribe members live on reservations that haven’t adopted federally approved standards.
Date: 03/19/2016 | Northwest
ARLINGTON — Shawn Yanity remembers learning to fish with his uncle on the Stillaguamish River. It was more than three decades ago, and his uncle shared a dire warning. “As soon as we lose the salmon, this is a dead river,” his uncle said.
Date: 03/15/2016 | Local News
OLYMPIA — State, federal and tribal officials may bar salmon fishing off Washington’s coast this year in anticipation of another bad year of returning coho salmon.
Date: 03/15/2016 | Local News
OLYMPIA — The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission is asking fisheries managers now meeting in California to consider not having any coho salmon season this year.
Date: 03/12/2016 | Local News
TULALIP — In one corner of the atrium of the Karen I. Fryberg Tulalip Health Clinic, Tristan Klesick was raffling off a box of fresh produce.
Date: 03/04/2016 | Local News
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The federal government recommends Native American children’s courts dole out treatment, counseling and foster care instead of fines and detention, a change in tribal guidelines that reflects a national shift in juvenile justice reform.
Date: 02/29/2016 | Nation & World
YAKIMA — The Yakama Nation will soon get $7.2 million as part of a settled class action lawsuit involving hundreds of tribes.
Date: 02/27/2016 | Northwest
New building reflects ‘river people’ of Stillaguamish Tribe
Date: 02/25/2016 | Local News
Debra Barto of Tulalip was instrumental in creating area for youth
Date: 02/24/2016 | Local News
Komplex Kai (AKA Kisar Jones-Fryberg), 28, is a Tulalip Tribes member and a hip hop artist. He offers a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the Canoes Cabaret at the Tulalip Resort Casino.
Date: 02/23/2016 | The Chat
EVERETT — Oil train explosions might grab headlines, but there are a number of other issues surrounding the shipment of fossil fuels that are bringing a diverse group of local leaders together.
Date: 02/18/2016 | Local News
BREMERTON — A Kitsap County judge in northwest Washington state has banned a popular fireworks stand until its owner meets city and state licensing requirements.
Date: 02/13/2016 | Northwest
The Pacific Northwest faces a growing surge of crude oil trains and barges, coupled with proposals for massive coal export terminals that will snarl traffic, delay freight and threaten the health of our communities. Recent action by Congress to lift a long-standing ban on oil exports is...
Date: 02/06/2016 | Commentary
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 — 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
After levee breach, the change at Qwuloolt Estuary
Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News
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
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
Stillaguamish canoe stolen in the 1960s is returned to tribe
Date: 10/27/2015 | Local News
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
Documentary photo exhibit opens at Hibulb Cultural Center
Date: 10/23/2015 | Entertainment
Pretending the shootings never happened wasn’t an option
Date: 10/21/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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 — 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
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
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
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
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
Cultural Kitchen allows sharing of foods from around the world
Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
Editorial: Should we change our mountain's moniker?
Date: 09/01/2015 | Editorials
After a century, farmland becomes salmon habitat
Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News
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
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 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
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
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
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
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, 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
Grammy winners to play at Arlington fest
Date: 08/07/2015 | Entertainment
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
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
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
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
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
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
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