Wellpinit Landfill Announcement

Starting on May 21st, 2020, the Wellpinit Landfill will only serve Spokane Tribal members, Spokane Indian Reservation residents, and Spokane Tribal members that live out side the reservation. If you do not meet these criteria, then you are not allow to dump in the landfill. This policy will be strictly enforced.

State ID (driver’s license) with a Reservation address or Tribal ID is required for access to the dump. West-End Transfer Station will remain closed for the time being.
If you have any questions please call the Utilities Office at 509-458-6510

Thank You,
Jay Brown
Utilities Manager

Unemployment Fraud Warning

Unemployment Fraud Warning

With COVID-19 creating so many layoffs and unemployment claims rising, so do reports of thieves taking advantage of people and their situations. There are reports coming in about people filing fraudulent unemployment claims in other people’s names. If you have received a communication from your state unemployment office referencing a claim or claim number you didn’t file see the steps below you can take to safe guard yourself and mitigate the situation.

  • Contact your employer’s HR Department
  • Contact Washington State Employment Security Department to report the fraud.
  • Report the fraudulent activity to the three Major Credit Bureaus
  • File a fraud report with the Federal Trade Commission
  • Keep notes so you have a paper trail you can reference

Spokane Tribe Casino & Chewelah Casino Open for Business

CASINOS

Your safety is the top priority at the Spokane Tribe Casino and Chewelah Casino

      Wellpinit, WA – The Spokane Tribal Business Council met with Dr. Bob Lutz to discuss, share dialogue, including coordination around re-opening plans and to hear his medical advice around all things COVID-19.

Dr. Lutz is an appointed citizen representative to the Spokane Regional Board of Health. Appointed in 2008, he is currently a member of the Executive, Education, Policy and Governance Committees. He works with a team of professionals including six epidemiologists and visited the Spokane Tribe Casino to offer expert advice in regards to reopening the casinos.

The decisions made by our leadership were done with the community in mind. All of the employees and administration worked diligently to ensure that the experience when visiting the casinos are not only the safest around, but also provide excellent entertainment! Their goal was and continues to be to create an atmosphere that people will want to visit over and over again.

Some of the changes are as follows:

Spokane Tribe Casino:

Open daily from 8AM until 3AM. Every night they close to deep clean our property and sanitize.

Safety:

  • Plexiglass dividers between slot machines have been installed to encourage social distancing.
  • Temperatures will be checked when entering the property; the use of masks while on property is highly recommended. Masks are not required, but will be provided to guests who request them.
  • More space has been added between slot machines.
  • The 100% outside air state-of-art air filtration system, has prompted us to allow smoking on the casino floor after all!

Table games will be temporarily closed.  The restaurant Three Peaks will be offering a limited menu.  There is also the option to dine in or order to-go.  Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11AM-9PM, Friday and Saturday: 11AM-10PM

Chewelah Casino:

Operating hours: Sunday – Thursday 8AM to 12AM, Friday and Saturday 8AM to 2AM. Table games closed until further notice.

Deep cleaning is complete; employees will be wearing face masks for their protection and the customers. The biggest change is reopening as a non-smoking facility. The decision to do this to help keep the air clean and safe. There is a designated smoking area outside of the casino.

The dining room is open with tables spread out for safe social distancing when eating.  For those who do not wish to dine-in, there is the option for curbside delivery with a d designated pick-up area that will be clearly marked (card only).

 

Photos for RP/Helen Hayes

Washington State Emergency Operations Center Update

Below is the daily update for the Spokane Tribe of Indians as of May 14, 2020:
1. Effective Strategies and Successes
a. Hazard Mitigation Plan completion
b. Established Emergency Management Team
c. Collaboration with School District, BIA, SIHA and IHS
d. IHS Clinic Received their testing analyzer.
e. Community members have been helping coordinate PPE
through non-profit organizations.
f. Tribal Closure extended until May 31, 2020 with modified
openings.
g. Tribal Leadership creating Tribal Reopening Plan.
h. Tribal leadership met with epidemiologist from
County/State Health Department for guidance on
reopening plan.
i. Clinic will be conducting drive-through screenings every
Thursday from 10:00-12:00PM.
j. Clinic continues to ramp up telemedicine/telehealth visits
and they are going well. All providers have virtual visit
appointments built into their schedules.
k. Clinic continues to have well elder and chronic care
management appointments Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30-11:00AM.
2. Emergency Declaration date- March 16, 2020
3. Number of testing sites and testing numbers
a. One testing site- David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic
(IHS), Wellpinit WA
b. Testing Numbers
i. Total SIR Residents Tested- 44
1. 39- Tested at the David C. Wynecoop Clinic (IHS)
2. 5- Tested at Other Locations
ii. Positive Tests- 2
1. 0 Positive Test at David C Wynecoop Clinic (IHS)
2. 2 Positive Test at other location
iii. Negative Tests- 42
1. 39 Negative Tests at David C Wynecoop Clinic (IHS)
2. 3 Negative Test at other locations
iv. Tests Pending Results- 0
4. Risks and challenges
a. PPE Status- Critical (Limited PPE)- Stopped weekly requests to SEOC and are establishing long-term supply chain for future operations
b. Daily briefs with Tribal leadership and Emergency Management staff
c. Monitoring PPE levels for first responders and front-line essential personnel
d. Evaluating sustainability of long-term shutdown
e. Coordinating with WA State as Sub Recipient- Tribal Council approved WA State Sub Recipient Declaration on March 26, 2020. Coordinating with WA State on Sub Recipient requirements
f. Enforcement of closures
i. Tribe closure date with essential personnel reporting extended through May 31, 2020
ii. Tribal Enterprises following state guidelines
iii. Reservation Campgrounds & Playgrounds closed to non-tribal members on until further notice
iv. Additional closures of public fishing areas with Little falls area and 2 Rivers Marian dock open to public
v. Tribe has suspended Transit services due to Stay at Home order
g. Concerns as we enter fire season.
5. Future operational plans
a. Continued evaluation of Tribal Needs
b. State and reginal coordination
c. FEMA coordination
d. Coordinating with WA State as Sub Recipient status Spokane Tribe establishing EOC and coordinating daily with Stevens County EOC
e. On April 1, 2020 Tribal Council passed Resolution 020-166 Establishing Social Distancing Requirements, Banning Social Gatherings, and Establishing Related Penalties due to COVID19 and Ongoing State of Emergency. Future resolutions will modify closure criteria
f. Updating Stay at Home Resolution Signage at all Reservation Entrances
If you have any questions regarding this report, please contact Frank Metlow at the information provided below.
Thank You,
Frank Metlow
Director
Planning & Economic Development Department
Spokane Tribe of Indians
Member, Tri-county Economic Development District Board of Directors
Member, Western Rural Development Center Board of Directors
Phone: (509) 458-6592
Cell: Phone: (360) 632-6613
Fax: (509) 458-6559
Email- frankm@spokanetribe.com
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Spokane Tribe Casino Open For Business

SPOKANE TRIBE CASINO OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Your safety the top priority at the Spokane Tribe Casino, so you will notice a few changes.
All decisions made by our leadership were done with you in mind. The goal is to provide the safest way for you to enjoy your experience at the STOI Casino.
Some of the changes are as follows:
Hours:
Open daily from 8AM until 3AM. Every night they close to deep clean our property and sanitize.
Safety:
> Plexiglass dividers between slot machines have been installed to encourage social distancing.
> Temperatures will be checked when entering the property.
The use of masks while on property is highly recommended. Masks are not required, but will be provided to guests who request them.
Table games will be temporarily closed.
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Chewelah Casino to Reopen Monday, May 18, 2020

Hello everyone, we hope this post finds you healthy, safe, and well. As we’ve mentioned, our team has been working and planning to reopen the casino in a safe manner. Deep cleaning is complete, our team is trained on our new normal of wearing face masks for their protection and yours. We also have met about social distancing practices and keeping our air clean while we get through this together. As we soon welcome you back, please embrace our new normal with us.
What is our new normal? The biggest change is reopening as a non-smoking facility. We decided to do this to help keep the air clean and safe. We will offer a smoking area outside of the casino.
We will open our dining room; however, we have spread our tables out for safe social distancing while you dine. Space is limited. Taking into consideration those who do not choose to dine-in; we will offer curbside delivery and will have a designated pick-up area that will be clearly marked (card only). We’ll have more information on this very soon.
It was a hard decision we had to make, but we have decided to close table games until further notice.
When you come to visit us, please keep in mind that we’ve designated an entrance and an exit. We also highly encourage you to wear a face mask when you visit.

We’ve adjusted our operating hours: Sunday – Thursday 8AM to midnight and Friday and Saturday 8AM to 2AM.
Finally, we have decided to reopen Monday, May 18, 2020 at 8AM.
Please continue to be safe. We’re All In This Together!

Attention Spokane Tribal Member High School Seniors

ATTENTION
I’m reaching out on behalf of the Spokane Tribal Council to ask if there are any enrolled Spokane Tribal members on track to graduate high school for 2020.
The Spokane Tribe would like to recognize these students and their efforts in this unprecedented time.
Please if you are an enrolled Spokane Tribal student on track to graduate, contact me by email: breann.brigman@spokanetribe.com or by my office phone (509)458-6513.
I will need your enrollment number, best way to contact you, and your High School.
CONGRATULATIONS! We are all very proud of you and your achievements. this is just the beginning, it only gets better, I promise!
Respectfully,
Bre Brigman
Legislative Administrative Assistant
Records Manager to Tribal Council
Spokane Tribe of Indians
(509)458-6513

Census Information for Spokane Tribe on the Way

Census packets are coming sooner than anticipated. Residents of the Spokane Indian Reservation will start receiving Census packets with the physical form at the end of May. May yourself count! Make the Spokane Tribe Count! Complete your 2020 Census now online at www.my2020census.gov or call 855-562-2020. For more information contact Census Liaison Rachelle Bradley at 509-458-6520 or rbradley@spokanetribe.com

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Spokane Tribe Casino to Reopen May 14, 2020

Our leadership is so excited about tomorrow that they have decided to give the first 200 guests a gift! We open at 11am!
Message from earlier on a few changes we have made:
We have missed you. We are excited to welcome everyone back tomorrow. We will open our doors at 11AM. Your safety is our top priority here at the Spokane Tribe Casino, so you will notice a few changes. All decisions made by our leadership were done with you in mind. Our goal is to provide the safest way for you to enjoy our property.
Some of the changes are as follows:
We will be open daily from 8AM until 3AM. Every night we will close to deep clean our property and sanitize.
Plexiglass dividers between slot machines have been installed to encourage social distancing.
Temperatures will be checked when entering the property. We highly recommend the use of masks while on property. Masks are not required, but will be provided to guests who request them. We will open up as a non-smoking facility to begin with until further notice. Table games will be temporarily closed.
We would like you to come and enjoy our new normal. See you soon!
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Job Postings Coming Soon

Job Postings Coming Soon