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Annual Labor Day Pow Wow -- Labor Day Weekend

2012 Spokane Tribal Labor Day Celebration By: Monica L. Peone Wellpinit-WA, the Spokane Tribe of Indians celebrated their 98th Pow Wow this past Labor Day Weekend. The weather was incredible as the fairgrounds filled up on camper’s night and the Spokane Tribe prepared for a wonderful traditional celebration. For a lot of Natives the Spokane Tribe’s Pow Wow is their last stop before their Pow Wow trail ends for the summer as school starts right after this weekend. This is a time to renew thought of the old ways and to preserve a rich heritage. The drums and singers are a very important part of the Pow Wow. The songs are of many varieties; from religious to war to social songs. All of these songs hold special meaning to those who know the songs. Open Stick Games were played throughout the weekend and the area was packed with players and onlookers. The Labor Day Celebration was organized by the Pow Wow Committee who was dedicated to bringing the best to Wellpinit. They work throughout the year to bring more people, drummers, dancers, and vendors to the celebration. This year’s Pow Wow was a fine example of how hard they worked. It was packed to capacity with Tribal members, dancers, drummers, spectators, family and friends. Another part of the yearly Pow Wow is that the Master of Ceremonies; Dave Browneagle does an excellent job as the emcee. He works with the Arena Director to keep the Pow Wow organized and running smoothly. These two individuals along with the committee work hard to bring the people together to dance and fellowship together in the circle. Pow Wow committee member Gladys Rhoads truly appreciated everyone’s efforts in helping with the grounds preparation and anything else that was necessary to make this event go as smoothly as possible. Prior to Grand Entry, Spokane Tribal Business Council Chairman Rudy Peone welcomed all who were in attendance. He commented on the entire celebration by saying, “It was very fulfilling to watch the Pow Wow grow everyday beginning with Thursday’s Crowning of the Spokane Tribal Royalty at the Tiny Tot celebration clear through the weekend specials and competitions. I am thankful for such a successful and safe weekend for everyone and I am already looking forward to next year’s celebration.” During the Grand Entry the flags carried include the U.S. Flag, Tribal Flags, the POW Flag, and Eagle Staff. Our Veterans hold the United States Flag in an honored position and carry it proudly. Some of this year’s highlights included but are not limited to; the induction of new royalty, honoring the VFW and the Prairie Chicken Dance that is held yearly by George Flett. The Prairie Chicken Dance is dear to George’s heart and he has done an amazing job of sponsoring this event. Many dancers come to this Pow Wow just for this event. It continues to grow in popularity and contestants. The volunteers, councilmen and the Spokane Tribal Pow Wow Committee are already planning for next year’s celebration and are seeking input on how to improve even more on this very successful Pow Wow.

Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP)

An editorial in the Journal of Business published on June 2, 2011 asserted that the Department of Interior and Governor Christine Gregoire should deny the application for gaming for the Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP) on Tribal trust land on West Plains of Spokane County. The Spokane Tribe understands that with a project of this size there is going to be opposing views and many opinions about the Spokane Tribe Economic Project. The Tribe respects the views of others and works hard to alleviate genuine concerns regarding the project. In rebuttal to the editorial we believe that certain points should come to light.

Spokane Tribe Firefighters Dispatched to Arizona to Assist in the Firefighting Efforts

The Spokane Tribe of Indians Fire Management office dispatched 2 fire trucks and 6 firefighters from Wellpinit, Washington to Fort Yuma, Arizona today.

Spokane Tribe Appears in the 2011 Spokane Lilac Festival Parade

Honor Flight Receives Support from Spokane Tribe

Spokane Tribal Council Vice-Chairman, Mike Spencer recently joined a group of Honor Flight supporters at the Spokane Airport to give a heartfelt sendoff to Veterans of World War II as they departed for Washington, DC.

Tom's Turkey Drive 2010

The Spokane Tribe of Indians proudly supported the Annual Tom’s Turkey Drive prior to Thanksgiving 2010.

Spokane Tribe Clears FAA Review

The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the Spokane Tribe's proposed designs for its 145 acre-mixed use development project on the West Plains. The FAA conducted a thorough review of the plans for the proposed building that could affect the Spokane International Airport and Fairchild Air Force Base operations and determined that the highest proposed structure does not exceed obstruction standards and would not be a hazard to air navigation.

2010 Heritage Day Celebration a Success!

2010 Heritage Day Celebration

Progress Continues for Major Economic Development Project in Airway Heights Area by Spokane Tribe of Indians

Regulatory processing and site planning are continuing on schedule for a proposed 145-acre mixed-use development on Spokane tribal-owned trust land adjacent to the City of Airway Heights. Tribal Council Chairman, Greg Abrahamson, reports that the Tribe is working closely with representatives of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to complete required paperwork to obtain all necessary approvals by mid-2011. Abrahamson continues by stating the Spokane Tribe is following all regulatory procedures while being transparent during the process.

September Monthly Minutes

Annual Heritage Day Celebration on November 9, 2010

Lilac Parade 2010

Spokane Tribal Labor Day Fun Run

Annual Labor Day Pow Wow -- Labor Day Weekend

Health Fair

Final Revised Water Quality Standards

Revised WQS Response to Comments

March 2010 Update

13 Tribes – Columbia River Treaty (USA-Canada)

Upper Columbia United Tribes Policy Meeting

Trip Report Coeur d’Alene Rez

Trip Report - Las Vegas, NV

Heritage Day 2009

Trip report – National Congress of American Indians

Artifact Exhibition

Shock and Wellpinit Football

Tribe Responds to Grand Coulee Article

Roosevelt Elementary donates to the Chief Garry Project

Tribe Responds

New Two Rivers Amphitheater

Students Sculpture

Torchlight Parade

Tribe Teams Up with Shock Football

Tribe Participates in Mayoral Inauguration

Historical & Educational Exhibit

Annual Labor Day Pow Wow -- Labor Day Weekend

Tribe Partners With Spokane Baseball Team

477 Program Moves to New Home

EPA Tours Midnite Mine Site

Wellpinit VFW Shines at Neighbor Day 2007

Summer Fun in the Ball Park

Tribe supports West Plains Chamber

Spokane Lilac Festival

Gaming Compact Approval

Best Business Award

Spokane Tribe Wins "Best Business" Award

Governor Christine Gregoire signed the Spokane Tribe's Gaming Compact

Candidates hear from Tribes

Tribe Moves Forward with Annexation Plans

Earth Day Celebration

Historical Gathering

West Plains Groundbreaking Ceremony

Two City Mayors Travel to Wellpinit

Spoko Fuel Grand Opening Party