Today, the Spokane Indian Reservation is approximately 159,000 acres in size.
Community Development Fund
The Community Development Fund was established to benefit health and well-being of the residents of the Reservation
Spokane Tribe of Indians
The Spokane Tribe of Indians are of the Interior Salish Group, which has inhabited northeast Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana for many centuries. The Spokane Tribe now lives on 159,000 acres in Wellpinit, Washington, and continue to contribute to the larger community of Spokane, Washington. We welcome you and thank you for wanting to learn more about the proud Children of the Sun.
On behalf of the Spokane Tribe Business Council we thank each and every one who attended the April 16 General Council meeting. This spring the meeting was held at the newly opened “Pauline Pascal Flett CommU-n-Inity Center”. The luncheon was great, the concerns that were brought up were valid and everyone was respectful.
Spokane Tribe Business Council
Council FW Committee Moves Forward On Salmon Reintroduction Study Above Grand Coulee.
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Chairwoman Carol Evans Receives Award
March 8, 2016 Chairwoman Carol Evans, Spokane Tribe of Indians, was one of the recipients of the 2016 Women of the Year at the 14th Annual Kicking Up Our Heels, Celebrating Washington Women Making History, sponsored by the Center for Women & Democracy. This event was held in the Washington state Governor’s mansion, Olympia, Washington.
There were 8 other ladies honored and each one, as Carol, were well deserving of the recognition. Carol provided a very heartfelt acceptance speech. In the brochure she was quoted, “When you look at our history, the chiefs were men, but women were movers even without the title.” How true.
Chairwoman Carol Evans is our first lady chairperson; and the second lady councilperson, following her mother, as being the first, 30 years later.
Three of the council supported her by their presence at the honoring, and one must say they were three of the very few men present. Our Tribe supports our ladies!
Upper Columbia/Lake Roosevelt Natural Resource Trustee Council
Legal counsel, Brian Cleary and Fred Kirschner, Spokane Tribe, and Madam Chair Carol Evans and Vice Chair Dave BrownEagle attended a meeting in Seattle, WA, Tuesday, April 6, regarding the Upper Columbia/Lake Roosevelt Natural Resource Trustee Council and Teck Metals Ltd. Technical Meetings: Scope of Work and Timeline.
Areas discussed were as follows, but not limited to: Data assembly and exchange relevant to natural resource damage assessment and determination of the most feasible vehicles to exchange and share the data; Injury and damages modeling and scoping; And develop and implement an agreed upon timeline to meet discussion items.
The Colville Confederated Tribes had representatives there also to discuss their concerns and expectations.
Breakfast with Chambers of Commerce and GSI
Spokane Tribal Business Council attended the Chambers of Commerce Breakfast presented by Greater Spokane Incorporated, Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and West Plains Chamber of Commerce where the State of the County address was given. Attended as interested party as a precursor to being a possible partner in future especially with the STEP.
Northwest Alliance meeting
Councilman Danny Kieffer and Vice Chair Dave BrownEagle attended an evening meeting with the Tribes of the Northwest Alliance, Spokane Tribe is one of 11. These Tribes were and are supportive of our Mt. Spokane battle, and all involved in the Gateway Pacific Terminal Cherry Point battle.
> Madam Chair Carol Evans and Vice Chair Dave BrownEagle attended the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance (SELA) Meeting on Thursday, February 4th, 2-4 pm, Jackson Conference Center, Everett Community College, Everett, WA.Today the Spokane Tribe of Indians released the results of an independent study undertaken to assess potential effects of their multi use project on Fairchild Air Force Base.
Native American Advisory Board Meeting
Dave BrownEagle, Spokane Tribe Business Council, attended the bi-yearly Native American Advisory Board meeting, held at the Washington State University campus. He is the Spokane Tribal delegate to the WSU NAA board. The Spokane Tribe is one of several Tribes that have a Memorandum of Understanding with WSU. The other Tribes are: Colville Confederated Tribes, Cowlitz Tribe, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Nez Perce Tribe, Yakama Nation, Coeur d’ Alene Tribe, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, and the Kalispel Tribe.
After the board meeting there was a blessing on campus for the Elson S. Floyd Center that will begin construction in near future. There were beautiful speeches shared by faculty, students, and the interim president. The closing was shared by an elder from the Nez Perce Tribe who spoke of importance of culture and education; and a young, Nez Perce traditional man, WSU alum, who closed with a creation story, words in the Sahaptian dialect and a traditional, religious song. The Nez Perce drum sang as the flags were brought in as well as taken out at end of ceremony.
He was honored in doing the closing prayer for the board meeting and was asked by the Nez Perce Veterans to carry in the American Flag during the blessing ceremonies.
As an MOU Tribe there is an MOU Tribal Scholarship Application/Nomination Packet available. Please see Education Department.
Spokane Scholars Foundation 24th Annual Awards Banquet
Dave BrownEagle, M.Ed., Vice Chair, Spokane Tribe Business Council was invited to the 24th Annual Awards Banquet, Monday, April 18, 2016, Spokane Convention Center, Spokane, WA. He provided the opening invocation on behalf of the Spokane Tribe of Indians.
The awards banquet is sponsored by the Spokane Scholars Foundation for Excellence and it is held each year to honor high school student academic excellence in Spokane County.
There were over 156 students honored in the following academic disciplines: mathematics, science, English, social studies, world language and fine arts. There were over 850 attendees.