Spokane Tribe goes ahead with powwow as fire recovery continues

Dancers at the Spokane Tribe's Labor Day Celebration and Powwow Powwow on September 1, 2016. Photo by The Rawhide Press

The Spokane Tribe kicked off its Labor Day Celebration and Powwow Powwow on Thursday as the community seeks to recover from the second largest fire in Washington history.

The annual event has been dedicated to the crews who fought the Cayuse Mountain Fire, KREM reported. The blaze destroyed more than 18,000 acres on the reservation, taking 14 homes along with it.

"The people that lost homes, they're being affected by it. The friends and families of those who lost homes are being affected by it still," council member David BrownEagle told the station. The tribe has set up a donation fund to help those in need.

The powwow, being held in Wellpinit, runs through Monday.

Read More on the Story:
Spokane Tribe powwow dedicated to those who helped fight fire (KREM 9/1)
Wildfire Victims In Washington Seek Help From Their Tribal Community (Northwest News Network 9/1)
Spokane Tribe working to get fire-displaced homeowners back on their feet (KXLY 8/30)
Life Starting To Return To Normal On Spokane Reservation (Northwest Public Radio 8/29)

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