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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.

Cayuse Mountain Fire Victims on the
Spokane Indian Reservation
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Cayuse Mountain Fire Information
August 29, 2016

NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 9, Brian Goff, Incident Commander

Start date: Aug. 21, 2016 Current Size: 18,417 acres Percent Containment: 75%

Structures lost: 14 houses, 9 other structures

Location: Wellpinit, WA on the Spokane Indian Reservation

The Cayuse Mountain Fire is now 75% contained. Yesterday, firefighters made good progress securing containment lines and mopping up toward the interior of the fire. There was no growth in the size of the fire area. Today, firefighters will continue to mop up and strengthen lines around the fire perimeter. In the interior of the fire, dozer and hand lines will be rehabilitated to reduce their impacts. Currently, 422 personnel are assigned to the fire.
Fire behavior is expected to be mostly creeping and smoldering; fire is still making its way through the previously un-burned islands within the fire perimeter. A low pressure system approaching from the west coast will increase clouds and unstable air that could generate showers and a threat of thunderstorms as early as Tuesday.

Level 1 and Level 2 evacuations are in place. Residents in Level 1 areas (“READY”) should assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place, plan escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action. Residents in Level 2 areas (“SET”) should pack emergency items and stay aware of the latest information from local media, fire departments, and public safety. More information on READY SET GO can be found at

Road closures remain in place. They include Elijah Road, Flett Road, Matthews Lake Road, Jacobs Road, Brandom Road, and Wynecoop-Cayuse Road. Drivers in the area are asked to use extreme caution as non-paved roads have numerous hazards including holes, snags and falling trees. Schools in Wellpinit WA started today, so drivers are also asked to be alert for the presences of children and school buses.

Fire information and daily updates are posted on Inciweb at and on the Rawhide Press Facebook page and website at The fire email address is . The fire information phone numbers are 509-416-6056 or 509-258-4515.


Spokane Indian Housing Authority (SIHA) Announcement

For the people who lost their homes in the Cayuse Fire (SIHA has an official list from the STOI Police on those individuals) A resolution was passed for $1,500.00 assistance for relocation. It is the goal of SIHA that the process be quick and easy. The funds are also set up as tax deductible . "The Spokane Indian Housing Authority is glad to help and would like to see the individuals who need this assistance to call us right away, we hope they can get the money today" SIHA Executive Director Tim Horan stated.

For more information please contact SIHA at: (509) 258-4523


The RawhidePress Facebook page is also available for updates.

Both these sites will bu updated as soon as information is relayed


Contractors, vendors, suppliers, architects, designers, engineers, other consultants or businesses interested in working with STEP may submit contact information at:   STEPSPOKANE.COM



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:

STEP: Spokane Tribe Economic Project