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.
Tribal Leadership Summit News
Dave BrownEagle, Vice Chair STOI, recently attended the Tribal Leadership Summit, held at the Intellectual House, University of Washington, May 10, 2016. Discussion items were: Intellectual House Phase I and II (This is the Native American Building recently built on campus, beautiful building and in the heart of the campus); Water Quality Presentation and Conversation presented by Dr. Lefthand-Begay and centered around the core values and developing quality water resources in Indian Country; Tribal leaders perspectives and input on proposed activities to strengthen UW and Tribal partnerships. This discussion was lead by Suquamish Tribal Chair Leonard Forsman and John McCoy, Senator, 38th Legislative District. A number of topics and discussion consumed much of the time; And the picture with the 3 students, First Nations, UW Chair, Damon Cunningham, American Indian Student Commission Director, Jackie Hayes, and Native Organization of Indigenous Scholars, Jessica Ullrich provided an open and honest assessment and concerns for the needs and vision for fellow Indigenous students. Very powerful words from young people who value their respective cultural roots. One comment was made, "...we are not a minority, we are not less than..." in continued reference to "minority" groups on campus.
The Memorandum of Understanding that the University of Washington includes all of the Tribes in Washington state and that includes the Spokane Tribe.
While there had an opportunity to talk with Casey Wynecoop, Spokane Tribe, who is the Administrative Coordinator/Tribal Relations, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity.
Cherry Point News
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) announced its decision to deny Pacific International Terminals' application to build North America’s largest coal export terminal in the Lummi Nation’s treaty-protected fishing waters off Cherry Point. The statement below from Tim Ballew II, chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council, can be quoted in full or in part.
This is a historic victory for treaty rights and the constitution. It is a historic victory for the Lummi Nation and our entire region. We are pleased to see that the Corps has honored the treaty and the constitution by providing a decision that recognizes the terminal’s impacts to our fishing rights. This decision is a win for the treaty and protects our sacred site. Our ancient ones at Xwe'chieXen, Cherry Point, will rest protected.
Because of this decision, the water we rely on to feed our families, for our ceremonies and for commercial purposes remains protected. But this is more than a victory for our people; it’s a victory for treaty rights.
Treaty rights shape our region and nation. As tribes across the United States face pressures from development and resource extraction, we’ll continue to see tribes lead the fight to defend their treaty rights, and protect and manage their lands and waters for future generations.
The impact of a coal terminal on our treaty fishing rights would be severe, irreparable and impossible to mitigate.
Today’s victory is monumental and the Corps followed a fair process defined by law to make the right decision. The Corps has honored the treaty between Lummi and the United States.
We will always fight to protect Xwe'chieXen.
Great News!! FYI: the Spokane Tribe of Indiansw as one of several Tribes in WA State that stood with the Lummi Nation and this group is referred to as the Northwest Alliance; And this Northwest Alliance stands with the Spokane Tribe in our effort against development of Mt Spokane.
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.