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Columbia River basin site shows early evidence of first Americans
Columbia River basin site shows early evidence of first Americans (August 29, 2019)

Stone tools and artifacts unearthed from an archeological dig in Idaho suggest that people lived in the area 16,000 years ago, more than a thousand years earlier than previously thought.


Mark Trahant: Trump administration seeks to redefine nuclear waste
Mark Trahant: Trump administration seeks to redefine nuclear waste (June 10, 2019)

The Department of Energy says changing the definition of nuclear waste will lead to $40 billion in savings.


Core group of Republicans vote against Indian Country bills
Core group of Republicans vote against Indian Country bills (April 30, 2019)

A small group of Republicans are going on record as opponents of tribal legislation.


Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress
Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (April 29, 2019)

Lawmakers are getting back to work after an extended recess and their schedule is jam-packed with Indian Country happenings.


President Trump signs two more Indian Country bills into law
President Trump signs two more Indian Country bills into law (December 12, 2018)

Policies adopted during more paternalistic eras of federal Indian policy are finally coming to an end.


Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump
Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump (October 15, 2018)

Congress went on break last week but not before sending another pro-tribal bill to President Donald Trump.


Colville Tribes win big in effort to keep homelands safe
Colville Tribes win big in effort to keep homelands safe (September 17, 2018)

The Colville Tribes are celebrating after securing a huge victory against the world's largest mining company.


Salmon recovery threatened by rising numbers of sea lions
Salmon recovery threatened by rising numbers of sea lions (August 16, 2018)

Reducing sea lion and seal populations in our region is a difficult, but necessary action that must be taken.


High Country News: Northwest tribes in fight against fossil fuels
High Country News: Northwest tribes in fight against fossil fuels (March 28, 2018)

Two Pacific Northwest conflicts exemplify a union between tribal nations and anti-fossil fuel advocates.


White House blocks funding to improve housing for Columbia River treaty tribes
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.


Cowlitz Tribe opposes coal export terminal on aboriginal lands
Cowlitz Tribe opposes coal export terminal on aboriginal lands (October 21, 2016)

Chairman Bill Iyall said the tribe hasn't been adequately consulted by the state or the federal government.


House approves national water bill without #NoDAPL amendment
House approves national water bill without #NoDAPL amendment (September 28, 2016)

Lawmakers worked late into the night to address a water crisis but not the one being followed by Indian Country.


Senate passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendment
Senate passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendment (September 15, 2016)

The Water Resources Development Act includes a slew of pro-tribal provisions but doesn't address the current crisis at Standing Rock.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills (September 12, 2016)

Land-into-trust, state jurisdiction in Indian Country, Columbia River treaty rights and a water settlement are on the agenda.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to schedule
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to schedule (September 6, 2016)

The committee will be taking up four bills at the September 14 hearing.


Northwest tribes call for end to oil shipments in treaty territory
Northwest tribes call for end to oil shipments in treaty territory (June 15, 2016)

The 96-car train carrying crude oil derailed in the usual and accustomed fishing grounds of the Columbia River treaty tribes.


Fishing tribes watch  as states update water quality standards
Fishing tribes watch as states update water quality standards (April 1, 2013)

Tribes in the Pacific Northwest are leading efforts to improve water quality standards. Oregon upgraded its standards in 2011 in response to a study that showed members of tribes with...


BSPR: Nez Perce Tribe and Yakama Nation work to help fish
BSPR: Nez Perce Tribe and Yakama Nation work to help fish (March 28, 2013)

Boise State Public Radio reports on efforts by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, the Nez Perce Tribe and the Yakama Nation to improve runs of fish in the Columbia...


Outdoors: Update on Colville Tribes   Columbia River hatchery
Outdoors: Update on Colville Tribes Columbia River hatchery (January 14, 2013)

"Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: The plan for the Colville Confederated Tribes to build a new hatchery began...


KUOW: Colville chair discusses Columbia River pollution suit
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KUOW: Colville chair discusses Columbia River pollution suit (August 21, 2012)

"Colville Tribe Sues Over Pollution In The Columbia: The Colville Tribe and the state of Washington face off against a Canadian mining giant next month over decades of pollution in...


Umatilla Tribes work to boost lamprey runs in Columbia River
Umatilla Tribes work to boost lamprey runs in Columbia River (August 14, 2012)

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon are using a $100,000 grant to increase runs of lamprey in the Columbia River. Tribal members have eaten the eel-like...


House passes bill to allow Columbia River tribes to kill sea lions
House passes bill to allow Columbia River tribes to kill sea lions (June 20, 2012)

The House voted 232 to 188 on Tuesday to pass H.R. 2578, a measure that includes provisions to allow Columbia River treaty tribes to kill sea lions that eat endangered...


Judge who was on salmon lawsuit supports removal of dams
Judge who was on salmon lawsuit supports removal of dams (April 27, 2012)

A federal judge who used to preside over a salmon lawsuit involving tribes supports the removal of dams from the Columbia River. Judge James A. Redden never ordered the removal...


Editorial: Columbia River polluter faces a day of reckoning
Editorial: Columbia River polluter faces a day of reckoning (April 11, 2012)

"For decades, Canadian smelter Teck Cominco used the Upper Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt as an industrial sewer, dumping millions of tons of heavy metals and slag into the water....


Colville Tribes win decision in Columbia River pollution case
Colville Tribes win decision in Columbia River pollution case (April 9, 2012)

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington won a ruling in its lawsuit against a Canadian company accused of polluting the Columbia River. A federal judge said Teck...


NWPR:  Columbia River treaty tribes keep their traditions alive
NWPR: Columbia River treaty tribes keep their traditions alive (March 5, 2012)

"Columbia River Indian tribes are keeping their ancient traditions alive in the coming weeks with ceremonies to open their spring fisheries. Predictions of strong salmon runs are giving the tribes...


Column: Treaty tribes giving     salmon management advice
Column: Treaty tribes giving salmon management advice (February 2, 2012)

"It long was practice by the Columbia River treaty tribes to avoid telling Washington and Oregon — at least in public — how to manage salmon fishing for non-Indians. For...


Opinion: Collaboration key to restoring jobs, salmon in Northwest
Opinion: Collaboration key to restoring jobs, salmon in Northwest (August 22, 2011)

"Recently, the Obama administration's plan to restore endangered Columbia and Snake River salmon was declared illegal by U.S. District Judge James Redden in Portland, Ore. The Columbia/Snake was once the...


Editorial: Judge not amused by  Columbia River salmon plans
Editorial: Judge not amused by Columbia River salmon plans (August 4, 2011)

"Finding the keys to managing risks to salmon and steelhead the length of the Columbia River system could use less lawyering and something more akin to a Truth and Reconciliation...


Pacific Northwest tribes eager  to save lamprey from extinction
Pacific Northwest tribes eager to save lamprey from extinction (August 2, 2011)

Tribes in the Pacific Northwest are working to save the lamprey, a prehistoric fish, from extinction. Tribes in Oregon, Washington and Idaho have long depended on the fish for food....


New chairman for Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
New chairman for Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (June 23, 2011)

Gerald Lewis, a member of the Yakama Nation, has been elected chairman of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Lewis will serve one year. He was chosen for the position...


Columbia River treaty tribes back bill to lethally remove sea lions
Columbia River treaty tribes back bill to lethally remove sea lions (March 9, 2011)

Tribes with treaty rights on the Columbia River support a bill that will allow them to lethally remove California sea lions in order to protect endangered salmon runs. H.R.964, the...