Native Americans

Wanapum Dam Bones
5:28 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bones Found Near Wanapum Dam Repatriated To Northwest Tribes

File photo. Two skeletons were found several weeks ago along newly exposed Columbia River shore.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

This week two skeletons found upstream of the cracked Wanapum Dam were handed over to Northwest tribes. The remains were found near each other several weeks ago along the newly exposed Columbia River shore.

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New Fish Shop
4:27 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Native-Owned Fish Shop Opens In Cascade Locks, Oregon

Kim Brigham Campbell is opening a new fish market in Cascade Locks, Oregon at noon on Feb. 8.
Credit Anna King

In the recent past, native fishers have sold just-caught fish from coolers at near-river sites. But this weekend, a woman entrepreneur is opening the first brick and mortar, Native American family owned fish market along the Columbia River. 

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Native American Protests
6:17 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Totem To Protest Coal Facilities Visits Spokane

An example of these totem poles created by the Lummi Nation’s House of Tears Carvers was erected in the Congressional Cemetery of Washington D.C.
Credit Elvert Barnes

A Native American ceremony was held in Riverfront Park in Spokane Friday to protest plans for coal shipping terminals on the west coast.

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Native American Mascots
4:07 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Kitzhaber Threatens Veto Of Native-American Mascot Bill

Fifteen Oregon school districts, including Molalla, use Native American themed mascots.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is signaling his intent to veto a bill that would ease a ban on Native American mascots.

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Northwest News
6:41 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Hoof-To-Ground: Bringing Wild Bison Back To The West

Credit Photo courtesy of Sandy White Shield, Inter Tribal Buffalo Council.

Northwest Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation stretches across 1.5 million acres. But -- it turns out – that isn’t enough room for the free-roaming bison herd that tribes are attempting to establish. Northwest Native Americans are hoping restored buffalo herds may reopen ancient trade and cultural traditions.

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Native American Mascots
4:29 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Oregon Senate Approves Lifting Ban On Native American Mascots

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 3:05 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Some Oregon public schools may soon be allowed to keep their Native American mascots. The state Senate voted Wednesday in favor of overturning a ban on names like “Chiefs” and “Braves.” The Oregon Board of Education adopted the ban last year.

The legislation says that if a school reaches an agreement with a local tribe, the use of the Native American mascot and imagery is not an act discrimination.

Republican Senator Jeff Kruse argues that these symbols are ubiquitous and non-offensive.

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Native American Mascots
5:21 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Oregon Considers Lifting Ban On Native American Mascots

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 5:04 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon tribal members are lobbying state lawmakers to uphold a ban on Native American mascots in schools. A committee in Salem heard testimony Wednesday on a bill to overturn a ban on names like “Braves” or “Chiefs”.

Last year the Oregon Board of Education voted to phase out American Indian themed mascots in public schools. This bill would allow schools to use names associated with a specific tribe, as long as that tribe approves.

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Tribal Sentencing Laws
5:37 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Northwest Tribes Begin To Try Reservation Crime Cases Under Tougher Laws

A tribal court on the Umatilla Indian Reservation is one of the first to hand down a long prison term under new tougher criminal sentencing laws enacted by Congress in 2010.

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Tribal Land Wildfires
5:26 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Northwest Fire Season Stretches Tribal Resources Thin

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Forestry Crew battled the massive Waterfalls 2 wildfire in Oregon this year.

Fire crews are pushing back against a new blaze near Omak, Wash. The 5,000-acre wildfire on the Colville Indian Reservation has already destroyed two homes and forced other residents to evacuate. The Northwest’s busy fire season has taken a toll on tribal lands this year.

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Northwest Indian Canoe Journey
4:54 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Flotilla Landing Ends 2012 Tribal Canoe Journey On Sunday

An audience of thousands is expected at the port of Olympia this Sunday to witness the conclusion of the annual Northwest Indian canoe journey.

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