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House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal self-determination and land bills
National | Politics | Trust
House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal self-determination and land bills (November 9, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will take testimony on three tribal self-determination and land bills on November 15.

Mark Trahant: Election night brings good news for Native American candidates
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Election night brings good news for Native American candidates (November 8, 2017)
Voters from Maine to Washington and all points in between rejected Trumpism and it was a good night for Native candidates too.

Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington
Law
Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington (November 6, 2017)
The Yakama Nation is asserting authority over a disputed portion of its territory with a new lawsuit in federal court.

Quileute Tribe starts process to move village to safer ground in Washington
Environment | National
Quileute Tribe starts process to move village to safer ground in Washington (November 1, 2017)
The Quileute Tribe is moving its largest community to higher ground in Washington, with construction of a new school expected in the spring of 2018.

Winnemucca Indian Colony files lawsuit over raid of hemp grow in California
Business | Law | National
Winnemucca Indian Colony files lawsuit over raid of hemp grow in California (October 31, 2017)
The Winnemucca Indian Colony is conjuring up Christopher Columbus in a lawsuit that challenges a raid of its hemp farm in California.

White House blocks funding to improve housing for Columbia River treaty tribes
National | Politics
White House blocks funding to improve housing for Columbia River treaty tribes (October 31, 2017)
Lawmakers from Oregon and Washington are calling on the Trump administration to honor the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Spokane Tribe throws hat into ring for potentially lucrative Amazon headquarters
Business | National | Technology
Spokane Tribe throws hat into ring for potentially lucrative Amazon headquarters (October 26, 2017)
The Spokane Tribe is among the many communities seeking to host a second headquarters for online retailer Amazon.

Tribes stand to benefit from public safety network as deadline approaches for states
Environment | National | Politics | Technology
Tribes stand to benefit from public safety network as deadline approaches for states (October 23, 2017)
A new public safety network could help Indian Country avoid the types of communications problems seen by the Spokane Tribe when a fire hit the reservation in Washington.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates cross Indian Country to raise money for campaigns
National | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates cross Indian Country to raise money for campaigns (October 23, 2017)
We have the first round of campaign finance reports out and there are seven Native American candidates for Congress, three Republicans and four Democrats.

Swinomish Tribe set to open substance abuse treatment center in Washington
Health
Swinomish Tribe set to open substance abuse treatment center in Washington (October 11, 2017)
The Swinomish Tribe will be providing a comprehensive set of services at its new substance abuse treatment center in Washington.

Wife of Lummi Nation council member injured in mass shooting in Las Vegas
National
Wife of Lummi Nation council member injured in mass shooting in Las Vegas (October 3, 2017)
The wife of a leader of the Lummi Nation is recovering after being injured during a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon
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Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon (October 2, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.

Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress (September 25, 2017)
There are now seven #NativeVote18 candidates for U.S. Congress -- three Republicans and four Democrats.

Suquamish Tribe looks to address homelessness on reservation with tiny houses
National
Suquamish Tribe looks to address homelessness on reservation with tiny houses (September 21, 2017)
The Suquamish Tribe is taking a unique approach to homelessness on its reservation in Washington.

YES! Magazine: Program aims to bring Native perspective into the classrooms
Education | National
YES! Magazine: Program aims to bring Native perspective into the classrooms (September 20, 2017)
Native students have the highest dropout rates in Washington, but a college program for educators aims to change that.

Mark Trahant: Three fights ahead for the Native vote in United States and Canada
Canada | Environment | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Three fights ahead for the Native vote in United States and Canada (September 18, 2017)
A climate tax, a Senate seat, and the revival of a Canadian political party are three fights ahead for the #NativeVote in 2018.

Nooksack Tribe clears path for new election in hopes of resolving leadership crisis
Law | National | Politics
Nooksack Tribe clears path for new election in hopes of resolving leadership crisis (September 7, 2017)
The Nooksack Tribe has reached an agreement with the Trump administration that could resolve a long-running governance crisis on the reservation.

Gyasi Ross: Commercial industry intentionally poisons our indigenous foods
Environment | Opinion
Gyasi Ross: Commercial industry intentionally poisons our indigenous foods (September 7, 2017)
Like most actions that harm Native people, the release of tens of thousands of farmed salmon was no accident, Gyasi Ross writes in his last piece on Indian Country Media Network.

Terri Hansen: Tribes were the first climate refugees and the first with resilience plans
Environment | National
Terri Hansen: Tribes were the first climate refugees and the first with resilience plans (September 5, 2017)
The Swinomish of Washington produced a climate adaptation plan two years before the state. Now it’s a template for all of Indian Country.

Treaty tribes upset with appeal in major case amid salmon disaster in Washington
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Treaty tribes upset with appeal in major case amid salmon disaster in Washington (August 29, 2017)
The release of countless farmed salmon into treaty fishing grounds isn't the only crisis facing tribes in Washington -- the state is pursuing an appeal in a critical case.

Lummi Nation declares emergency after farmed salmon spill into treaty waters
Environment | National
Lummi Nation declares emergency after farmed salmon spill into treaty waters (August 25, 2017)
The Lummi Nation declared a state of emergency after thousands of farmed salmon spilled into tribal treaty waters in Washington, threatening native species of fish.

YES! Magazine: Indigenous activists pressure banks to stop funding pipelines
Business | Environment | National
YES! Magazine: Indigenous activists pressure banks to stop funding pipelines (August 23, 2017)
Led by indigenous leaders and environmental groups, climate activists gathered outside branches of JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo in downtown Seattle, Washington, to protest their financing of tar sands pipelines

Tulalip Tribes preserve huckleberry grounds on ancestral territory in Washington
Environment
Tulalip Tribes preserve huckleberry grounds on ancestral territory in Washington (August 22, 2017)
The Tulalip Tribes are preserving huckleberry fields in Washington for future generations thanks to an agreement recognizing its treaty rights.

Crow Tribe pushes Trump administration to revive contested coal export project
Environment | National | Politics
Crow Tribe pushes Trump administration to revive contested coal export project (August 21, 2017)
The Crow Tribe is hoping the Trump administration lives up to promises to revive the slumping coal industry.

WNV: Puyallup Tribe enters battle against natural gas terminal in Washington
Environment | National
WNV: Puyallup Tribe enters battle against natural gas terminal in Washington (August 16, 2017)
Around 250 people, mostly women, carried banners and sang with drummers while marching through the streets of Tacoma, Washington, on August 8.

Nooksack Tribe loses federal health care funds as disenrollment drama drags on
Health | National
Nooksack Tribe loses federal health care funds as disenrollment drama drags on (August 9, 2017)
A clinic operated by the Nooksack Tribe is losing $2.5 million in federal health care funds amid a long-running disenrollment dispute.

Colville Tribes approve wolf hunting season on former reservation in Washington
Environment | National
Colville Tribes approve wolf hunting season on former reservation in Washington (August 8, 2017)
Leaders of the Colville Tribes approved a wolf management plan that allows hunting on its former reservation in Washington.

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe buys well-known gas station and store for $2.3 million
Business
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe buys well-known gas station and store for $2.3 million (August 8, 2017)
The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe is adding a second gas station to its economic development enterprise in Washington.

Two tribes enter into first marijuana compacts under new state law in Nevada
Business | Law | National
Two tribes enter into first marijuana compacts under new state law in Nevada (August 3, 2017)
Nevada tribes, sensing big economic opportunities, are getting into the marijuana industry by following a successful model from a nearby state.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates advance to general election in Washington
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates advance to general election in Washington (August 2, 2017)
Washington state voters picked candidates in a primary election Tuesday and a number of Native Americans ran for offices ranging from city councils to the Seattle Port Commission.

Colville Tribes start hemp cultivation and marketing project in Washington
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Colville Tribes start hemp cultivation and marketing project in Washington (July 31, 2017)
The Colville Tribes have joined the hemp industry, the first in Washington state to do so.

Leaders of Colville Tribes ask citizens about returning to traditional name
National
Leaders of Colville Tribes ask citizens about returning to traditional name (July 26, 2017)
The Colville Reservation got its name from a fort that was named after a Scottish businessman and leaders believe it's time for a change.

Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications
National | Politics | Trust
Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications (July 20, 2017)
For those needing proof of the delays associated with the land-into-trust process, look no further than the Samish Nation.

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe returns Jeromy Sullivan to chairman's post
Politics
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe returns Jeromy Sullivan to chairman's post (July 13, 2017)
Voters of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe re-elected Jeromy Sullivan to a fifth term as chairman.

YES! Magazine: Coastal tribes preserve culture and health with clams
Canada | Environment | National
YES! Magazine: Coastal tribes preserve culture and health with clams (July 7, 2017)
Coast Salish people did not only harvest shellfish from the wild, but they actively managed beaches into productive clam beds to ensure a dependable food source.

Lummi Nation reclaims land where ancestors were dug up and removed
Environment | National
Lummi Nation reclaims land where ancestors were dug up and removed (June 30, 2017)
The Lummi Nation officially accepted title to an ancestral burial ground in Washington.

Colville Tribes remove council member a week before citizens go to polls
Politics
Colville Tribes remove council member a week before citizens go to polls (June 23, 2017)
The vote to remove Ricky Gabriel from the council of the Colville Tribes was 9-4 and his own brother was forced into casting a vote.

Washington asks high court to overturn Yakama Nation treaty victory
Business | Law
Washington asks high court to overturn Yakama Nation treaty victory (June 23, 2017)
The state of Washington is asking the nation's highest court to hear a treaty rights case affecting a business on the Yakama Nation.

Swinomish Tribe still pursuing lawsuit against oil trains on reservation
Environment | Law
Swinomish Tribe still pursuing lawsuit against oil trains on reservation (June 14, 2017)
The Swinomish Tribe has won another ruling in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the transport of crude oil through its reservation in Washington.

Prison sentence for fatal overdose of mother from Quileute Tribe
Law
Prison sentence for fatal overdose of mother from Quileute Tribe (June 5, 2017)
Felisha Jackson, 28, died after ingesting heroin

Quinault Nation hails victory in dispute over lake on reservation
Environment | Law
Quinault Nation hails victory in dispute over lake on reservation (June 5, 2017)
The state and federal courts have repeatedly confirmed that Lake Quinault belongs to the Quinault Nation but non-Indian opponents keep trying to keep the dispute alive.

Tribes succeed at bringing endangered antelope back to homelands
Environment
Tribes succeed at bringing endangered antelope back to homelands (June 2, 2017)
When it comes to endangered species, the Yakama Nation and the Colville Tribes are succeeding where the state of Washington failed.

Chairman of Confederated Tribes of Chehalis Reservation resigns
Politics
Chairman of Confederated Tribes of Chehalis Reservation resigns (June 1, 2017)
Don Secena just won re-election as chairman of the Chehalis Tribe but is stepping down due to health reasons.

Snoqualmie Tribe chooses women to serve in top council posts
Politics
Snoqualmie Tribe chooses women to serve in top council posts (May 31, 2017)
Following an election, the Snoqualmie Tribe's chair, vice chair, treasurer and secretary posts are now held by women.

Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program (May 31, 2017)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations is in doubt after comments made by a top Trump administration official.

Mark Trahant: Native woman seeks a seat at the table in Washington state
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native woman seeks a seat at the table in Washington state (May 30, 2017)
Claudia Kauffman, a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe, is running for Commissioner for the Port of Seattle in Washington.

Yakama Nation landowners weigh offers as Cobell buy-back winds down
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Yakama Nation landowners weigh offers as Cobell buy-back winds down (May 25, 2017)
Nearly $68 million in offers were sent to more than 3,500 owners on the reservation in Washington.

Treaty tribes celebrate after court refuses to rehear salmon dispute
Environment | Law | National
Treaty tribes celebrate after court refuses to rehear salmon dispute (May 22, 2017)
The state of Washington has been ordered to remove more then 800 culverts that prevent salmon from returning to treaty fishing sites.

Yakama Nation spars with county official over road resurfacing
National | Politics
Yakama Nation spars with county official over road resurfacing (May 17, 2017)
The tribe is firing back after a local official questioned why a road on the reservation in Washington is being resurfaced.

Nooksack Tribe remains without recognized council as Trump administration digs in
Health | Law | National | Politics
Nooksack Tribe remains without recognized council as Trump administration digs in (May 12, 2017)
A group of disputed leaders has been kicked out of federal court and denied access to an estimated $14 million in federal funds.

Yakama Nation upset by break in storage tunnel at nuclear waste facility
Environment | National
Yakama Nation upset by break in storage tunnel at nuclear waste facility (May 12, 2017)
Chairman JoDe Goudy of the Yakama Nation calls the Hanford nuclear site in Washington a legacy of the 'domination and dehumanization' of Native peoples.

Mary Annette Pember: Program helps Native victims of trafficking
Law | National
Mary Annette Pember: Program helps Native victims of trafficking (May 10, 2017)
Seattle Indian Center’s new Project Beacon is a three-year program serving Native victims of commercial sex exploitation and sex trafficking.

Disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe hit by new Supreme Court decision
Law | National
Disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe hit by new Supreme Court decision (April 27, 2017)
The jury is still out on the new sovereignty decision from the nation's highest court but it's already having an impact in Indian Country.

Yakama Nation landowners see $68M in Cobell buy-back offers
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Yakama Nation landowners see $68M in Cobell buy-back offers (April 24, 2017)
Landowners on the reservation in Washington have until June 19 to accept as the program continues.

Six more tribes are pursuing marijuana agreements in Washington
Business | Law | National
Six more tribes are pursuing marijuana agreements in Washington (April 7, 2017)
Four tribes have already entered into marijuana compacts with the state and more are on the way.

Disputed leader of Nooksack Tribe blames 'non-Indians' for crisis
Law | National | Politics
Disputed leader of Nooksack Tribe blames 'non-Indians' for crisis (April 6, 2017)
Bob Kelly has served as chairman of the Washington-based tribe for years but the Department of the Interior no longer recognizes him.

Trump administration calls out Nooksack Tribe for 'abuses of power'
Law | National | Politics
Trump administration calls out Nooksack Tribe for 'abuses of power' (April 4, 2017)
A dispute tied to the ouster of more than 300 people from the rolls is simmering in federal court.

Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case (April 3, 2017)
After waiting more than 160 years and surviving numerous challenges, the Cowlitz Tribe has a permanent homeland in Washington state.

Swinomish Tribe moves ahead with plan for drug treatment center
Health
Swinomish Tribe moves ahead with plan for drug treatment center (March 31, 2017)
The didgwálič Wellness Center would provide a wide range of services for people who are addicted to opioids.

Michael Marchand: Colville Tribes should file land claim in Canada
Canada | Opinion
Michael Marchand: Colville Tribes should file land claim in Canada (March 31, 2017)
Now that a Colville citizen has won the right to exercise his aboriginal hunting rights across the border in Canada, what comes next for the Washington-based tribe?

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