Native Tribes

Tribal Marijuana
5:36 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Tribes Reluctant To Follow Northwest Voters On Legal Marijuana

Northwest tribes are in no rush to legalize marijuana although the U.S. Department of Justice opened the door to a legalized pot market on tribal land.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The U.S. Department of Justice this week opened the door to a legalized pot market on tribal land.

But many Northwest tribes appear to be in no rush to go in the direction of Oregon and Washington voters.

The Department of Justice said it will treat Indian tribes that legalize pot with the same hands-off prosecutorial approach that it has treated states with legal marijuana. That means there could be a potentially lucrative marijuana business on reservations even in states like Idaho, where pot remains illegal.

But the decision depends on the tribe.

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Rattlesnake Mountain Access
5:25 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Tribes Object To Forced Opening Of 'Sacred Mountain' To Public

Rattlesnake Mountain as seen from the Horn Rapids area near Richland, Washington.
Credit Umptanum / Wikimedia Commons

The Yakama Nation and neighboring tribes have strongly objected to a congressional move to offer public access to a place tribal members consider sacred. That place is the scenic summit of Rattlesnake Mountain in the Hanford Reach National Monument.

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Northwest News
8:26 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Birth Control Darts Fired At Idaho Wild Horses To Slow Herd Growth

Birth control darts were used on some of these wild horses near Challis, Idaho.

Federal wild horse specialists from Idaho and Oregon have been trained in how to shoot birth control darts into the rumps of wild horses.

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Nez Perce Trail
6:48 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Missing Section Of Nez Perce Trail Holds Little-Known Part Of History

uth Wapato of Spokane is the granddaughter of one of the members of the Nez Perce Tribe who fought alongside Chief Joseph in 1877.
Jessica Robinson

The story most people learn about the Nez Perce Tribe and the capture of Chief Joseph doesn't tell the whole history. And now the federal government and Northwest Tribes are trying to fix that with a new historic site. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports.

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Native American Tribal Map
1:15 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before

Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has designed a map of Native American tribes showing their locations before first contact with Europeans.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 4:14 pm

Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones. But centuries of forced relocation, disease and genocide have made it difficult to find where many Native American tribes once lived.

Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has pinpointed the locations and original names of hundreds of American Indian nations before their first contact with Europeans.

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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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Tribes gather in Salem
7:01 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Oregon Tribes Gather In Salem For Tribal Nation's Day

Leaders and representatives of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes gathered at Oregon’s State Capitol in Salem this week for tribal nation’s day.

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