Prospective Juror Information

September 15, 2020

Prospective Juror
Spokane Tribe of Indians
Wellpinit, WA 99040

RE: Jury Participation in Current Circumstances

Dear Prospective Juror:

I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and happy. I am writing this letter to notify you that the criminal trial set for September 16th and 17th, 2020 is proceeding as scheduled. The Court has tested the ambient indoor air quality inside the Courtroom and it is safe to proceed with the trial. As a matter of fact, the Court has the best air quality out of all tribal buildings and this is without the Court’s new air filtration system running. With the trial proceeding as planned I want to outline the steps the Court has taken to protect the health and safety of you, as jurors, court staff and parties.

1. Jury selection will occur in groups of no more than seven (7) people at a time to reduce the crowding at the Court and allow for social distancing.
2. All potential jurors will be screened for the symptoms of Co-Vid19. Any person answering yes to the questions or exhibiting a fever of 99.9 or above, will be excused from juror service.
3. All parties, court staff and jurors will be required to wear masks throughout proceedings.
4. Jurors and parties will be seated throughout the Courtroom in such a way as to maintain social distancing as much as possible.
5. The Court will be closed to the public but the trial itself will be streamed via CISCO WEBEX to protect the defendant’s right to a public trial while reducing the amount of people in the courtroom at one time.
6. Hand sanitizer is available to all people in the court building so that everyone can sanitize their hands throughout the day.
7. A portable air filtration system was purchased and will be running in the Courtroom to filter the air for any contaminants and thus provide another level of protection to all people present.
8. Please report to the Spokane Tribal Court House, instead of the Admin building as previously stated.

The Spokane Tribal community’s health and safety is our paramount concern. We have taken all the steps we can to protect everyone involved while maintaining the justice system. If you have any questions feel free to contact Court staff at 509-258-7717.

Theresa Thin Elk, Esq.
Chief Judge of the Spokane Tribal Court

Wellpinit School Update 9/15/2020


This is an Update from the Wellpinit School District on September 15, 2020

Due to the continued unhealthy air quality, the elementary and secondary buildings in the WellpinitSchool District will be closed for the remainder of the week, September 16th-18th.  Remote classes will still be held as scheduled but no students will be cominginto the school for in-person instruction.  You can still reach your teachers through email if you have any questions or concerns regarding your classes.

Meals for the remainder of the week will be available for pick up at Wellpinit Middle School/High School on Wednesday, September 16th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  If you were unable to pick up a packet on Monday, they will be available on Wednesday as well from 11:00 to 2:00 at the MSHS.

The meal program can now serve all children in our community ages 1 to 18.  If you are not yet signed up for meals and would like to be a part of this program, you can sign up by calling 258-4535, ext. 02145 and leave your name and how many meals you are requesting.


Thank you  



Air Quality Information 9/14/2020

Air quality graphics courtesy of Lucas Bair the Spokane Tribe of Indians Air Quality Manager.

Spokane Tribal Offices Shut Down Tuesday September 15, 2020


As we start Tribal Operations tomorrow morning the forecast doesn’t provide a huge change in Air Quality. As we know the Air Quality is Hazardous and Unhealthy. The Spokane Tribal Offices will be closed tomorrow (September 15th). It is the goal to maintain a Health and Safety of our staff and community!


Andrew A. Matherly, Acting E.D.
Chairman, Spokane Tribal Gaming Commission
Member, Enterprise Board of Directors

Boys and Girls Club Closed Tuesday September 15, 2020

Wellpinit BGC will be closed Tuesday (9-15) due to Hazardous Air Quality. Does not look to improve by tomorrow. Plz share

Pauline Steans Early Learning Center Closure

PSELC is scheduled to be closed for the next couple days in hopes that the smoke does out.
PSELC will be open Thursday the 17th unless the air quality continues to be this bad.
Sorry for any inconvenience and stay safe.

IHS Clinic Closed Tuesday 9/15/2020

The David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic will be closed tomorrow Tuesday September 15, 2020, due to the poor air quality. For emergency services, please call 911. As a reminder, our after-hours Nurse Advice Line is available 24/7 at 1-866-470-2015.
Please continue to monitor our Facebook Page or our Inclement Weather Line at 509-258-4517 Ext. 4115 for up-to-date information about operating hours.

Wellpinit School Update

This is an Update from the Wellpinit School District on September 14, 2020

Due to the hazardous air quality, the elementary and secondary buildings in the Wellpinit School District will be closing for the remainder of today, Monday, September 14, 2020 and will remain closed for Tuesday, September 15th. Remote classes will still be held as scheduled but no students will be coming into the school for in-person instruction. We will monitor the air quality and make a decision about Wednesday and the remainder of the week and will get that information out to our families and community.

Meals will not be available for pick up at Wellpinit Middle School/High School on Tuesday. The plan will be to have 2 days’ worth of meals available on Wednesday.

Thank you

STOI Utilities Closure September 14, 2020

The STOI Utilities Department is committed to providing safe and reliable utility services for all reservation residents. The STOI Utilities Department is closed for the day Monday September 14, 2020.

In case of emergency, please contact us to ensure that all issues can be addressed as quickly as possible. For emergencies regarding water or sewer, please contact Destiny Calvin at (509) 590-6349. For emergencies regarding garbage pickup or garbage dumps, please contact Shannon Bair at (509) 598-0181. For all other utility emergencies, please contact Jay Brown at (509) 703-0769.

Wildfire Smoke Information from IHS

David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic Facebook Page

Wildfire smoke can irritate your lungs, cause inflammation, affect your immune system, and make you more prone to lung infections, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, preparing for wildfires might be a little different this year. Know how wildfire smoke can affect you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to protect yourselves.

Visit the following website for more information

Additionally, please watch the following video that shows you how to build a box fan filter that can improve the quality of the air in your home: