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.
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Spokane Tribe Vice Chair Featured Speaker
Dave BrownEagle, vice chair, was the featured speaker at the 11th Native American Summit, hosted by the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, at the Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah.
This premier gathering's interest is to helping Utah's Native communities to grow and thrive.
His key note address entitled, "Putting the 'I' in Family, Community, and Tribe" coincided with the gathering's theme, "Weaving Our Future Together: Love, Family & Community."
Speech was well received.
Agreement with Spokane Tribe and City of Spokane
A meeting was held Tuesday, August 9, at city hall, Spokane, WA to formalize a possible agreement with the City of Spokane representatives from Mayor’s office, City Council, Park Board, Riverfront Park Arts Committee, Inland NW Wildlife Council, and possible participation from carver of Expo ’74 coastal totem pole - Joe David, Province of British Columbia and Canada.
Dave BrownEagle, Vice Chair STOI and Grace Branstetter GATF Powwow were in attendance on behalf of the Spokane Tribe and Riverfront Park powwow, respectively. Randy Abrahamson and James Harrison were absent and each have and continue to have an important role in this on-going process.
The primary focus was renaming the island, presently named Canada Island, to a salish name; and to formally agree, that the Spokane Tribe of Indians and the city of Spokane and all its representatives of the different entities, i.e. City Council, Park Board, etc. are receptive to acknowledge that each will work together to enhance any sites that are pertinent to the Spokane Tribe’s interest.
A tentative signing ceremony will take place on August 27. Exact time will be announced later. This will coincide with the powwow that will be held in Riverfront Park that day.
Governor approves, STEP moves forward
June 8, 2016 – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced his agreement with the federal Department of Interior’s approval of the Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP). The Governor’s decision was the final action needed to move forward with the entertainment and retail project on the West Plains.
Gov. Inslee said he carefully reviewed the record and determined that STEP would create jobs and enhance tribal public services on the Spokane Reservation.
“This is not a simple situation with an easy, clear-cut answer,” Inslee said. “I wanted to be sure to fully understand all perspectives on this issue before making a decision. All sides have very compelling arguments in favor of and against this proposal. After much consideration, I decided that allowing the Spokane Tribe to develop on its federally recognized land was both fair and appropriate under the federal legal requirements.”
With Gov. Inslee’s concurrence, STEP can move forward after more than a decade of process and review.
“We are thankful for Governor Inslee’s support to help our Tribe with self-sufficiency while providing a major economic impact to the entire Spokane region,” said Carol Evans, chair of the Spokane Tribal Council.
More than 15,000 people sent postcards to Gov. Inslee supporting STEP including support from the City of Airway Heights, members of the Spokane City Council, local business leaders, and Tribes throughout the State of Washington.
The Spokane Tribe recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Northeastern Washington-Northern Idaho Building and Construction Trades Council to ensure the highest standards and best working conditions.
To keep the public informed of the construction schedule and collect contact information of people seeking to fill the need for construction related and permanent jobs, the Tribe announced a completely new STEP Spokane website: STEPspokane.com.