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

Wellpinit Free Dump Extended to May 31, 2020

Due to the stay at home order being extended to May 31, 2020 free dump will continue until the Spokane Tribe partial shut down is over.

STOI Partial Shutdown Extended to May 31, 2020

STOI Partial Shutdown Extended
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EXTENDING PARTIAL TRIBAL SHUTDOWN TO MAY 31, 2020 DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND ONGOING STATE OF EMERGENCY, AND AMENDING RESOLUTION 2020-166 REGARDING ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL, CAMPING, AND FISHING.
WHEREAS, the Spokane Tribal Business Council (“Council”) is the duly constituted governing body of the Spokane Tribe of Indians (“Tribe”) by authority of the Constitution of the Spokane Tribe (“Constitution”); and
WHEREAS, the Constitution grants the Council such other powers and authority necessary fulfill its obligations, responsibilities, objectives, and purposes as the governing body of the Tribe; and
WHEREAS, under the Constitution, the Council is charged with the duty of protecting the general welfare of the Tribe and all Reservation residents; and
WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, via Resolution 2020-154, the Council declared a State of Emergency due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic; and
WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, via memorandum signed by Chairwoman Evans, the Council announced a partial shutdown of all Spokane Tribal operations (“Tribal Shutdown”) until March, 30, 2020; and
WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, the Council approved policies for COVID-19 Emergency Leave and COVID-19 Sick Leave via Resolution 2020-158 (“COVID-19 Leave Policies”).
WHEREAS, on April 1, 2020, via Resolution 2020-166, the Council issued a “Stay at Home” order for all Reservation residents establishing social distancing requirements, closing camping, and limiting fishing, among other guidance (the “Tribal Stay Home Order”), and also extended the Tribal Shutdown and Policies until April 13, 2020; and
WHEREAS, on April 6, 2020, via Resolution 2020-173, the Council extended the Tribal Shutdown and camping closures and fishing limitations to May 4th, 2020; and
WHEREAS, on May 1, 2020, via Resolution 2020-196, the Council again extended the Tribal Shutdown to May, 8th, 2020; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe and in our region, and
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) continues to recommend Social Distancing by limiting ones contact with others, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining a distance of approximately 6 feet from others; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 remains a threat to our community, especially our elders and community members who have underlying health conditions; and
WHEREAS, the Executive Leadership Team recommends extending the Tribal Shutdown until May 31, 2020; and
WHEREAS, the Spokane Tribal Department of Natural Resources (“DNR”) has submitted recommendations for a limited reopening of camping and fishing; and
WHEREAS, the Council has determined that is in the best interest of the Tribe to adopt the recommendations from the Emergency Leadership Team and DNR; and
WHEREAS, the Council has determined that is in the best interest of the Tribe to extend the Tribal Shutdown; and
WHEREAS, any reopening plan is subject to modification or reversal based on changing information and data, especially if COVID-19 begins to spread at an increased rate for any reason, to protect the general welfare of the Tribe and all Reservation residents.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Tribal Shutdown is hereby extended until at least May 31, 2020. Additional updates and information regarding closures and availability of governmental services during this partial shutdown may be obtained from the Public Information Officer and the Rawhide Press.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Tribal directors and managers are hereby authorized to utilize their own discretion when determining whether any employee under their supervision is an essential employee for purposes of Resolution 2020-166, Section 3, Subsection C, provided any applicable safety requirements are met including sufficient amounts of personal protective equipment and procedures to limit the exposure to and spread of COVID-19.
This designation allows directors and managers to bring tribal employees back to work when it is appropriate and safe to do so from a public health perspective and based on the department or program’s unique resources and needs.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the COVID-19 Leave Policies set forth in Resolution 2020-158, and as clarified in Resolution 2020-196, are hereby extended through May 31, 2020, and such COVID-19 Leave Policies shall continue to constitute the Tribe’s policy of paying salaries under unexpected or extraordinary circumstances for purposes of 2 CFR § 200.403, 2 CFR § 200.404, and 2 CFR § 200.405.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that authorized fishing and camping, as described herein or by further Council resolution, shall be considered “outdoor exercise activities” for purposes of Resolution 2020-166, Section 3, Subsection B, Part iv.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the fishing restrictions imposed by Resolution 2020-166 are hereby amended as follows:
1. ​Camping:
A. ​Day Camping shall remain limited to Members, Spouses, Descendants, and Residents, subject to Social Distancing requirements until further Resolution of the Council.
B. ​Day Campers must continue to remove all vehicles, campers, trailers, and all equipment and belongings from all Recreational Areas from the hours of 9 PM to 5 AM on a daily basis.
2. ​Overnight Camping:
A. ​Overnight Camping shall open only to Members and individuals in their immediate household beginning May 15, 2020, except as described in Section 2(B) below, and subject to Social Distancing requirements.
B.​The Two Rivers RV Park shall open to the general public for Overnight Camping beginning May 15, 2020, subject to strict Social Distancing requirements. All other Recreational Areas shall remain closed to the general public.
3. ​Fishing:
A. ​Reservation-wide fishing shall remain limited to Members, Spouses, and Descendants, except as described in Section 3(B) below, and subject to Social Distancing and applicable license or permit requirements.
B. ​Non-Members and Non-Indians may engage in fishing at Little Falls and the Two Rivers Marina, and these locations only, effective immediately and subject to Social Distancing requirements and applicable license or permit requirements. All other water bodies and Recreational Areas shall remain off-limits to Non-Members and Non-Indians.
4.​Definitions: the terms and phrases used herein are defined as follows:
A.​“Member” means an enrolled member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians.
B.​“Descendant” means the first-generation child of a Member.
C.​“Spouse” means an individual legally married to a Member.
D.​“Resident” means an individual who resides on the Spokane Indian Reservation and includes moorage customers located at Two Rivers Marina.
E.​“Non-Member” means an individual enrolled in any federally recognized Indian tribe other than the Spokane Tribe of Indians. Spouses and Descendants are excluded from the definition of Non-Member for purposes of this Resolution.
F.​“Non-Indian” means an individual who is not enrolled in a federally recognized Indian tribe. Spouses and Descendants are excluded from the definition of Non-Indian for purposes of this Resolution.
G.​“Recreational Area” means recreational resources, including but not limited to campgrounds and areas around lakes, streams, and rivers.
H. ​“Social Distancing” means maintaining a distance of at least six feet from any person who is not a member of their immediate household, avoiding public and private gatherings regardless of size, and other limitations and requirements as set forth in Resolution 2020-166.
I. ​“Day Camping” means utilization of Recreational Activities for any reason during the day.
J. ​“Overnight Camping” means utilization of Recreational Activities which include an overnight component.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution is intended to preserve the peace and welfare of the Tribe and Reservation Residents. Pursuant to RSLOC 14-26.01 individuals found to have violated the terms and conditions of this Resolution shall be subject to the penalties as set forth in Resolution 2020-166.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the sections of this Resolution which address essential personnel, camping, and fishing shall remain in effect until the Stay at Home Order declared in Resolution 2020-166 is ended or by further Resolution of the Council, whichever occurs first.

Washington State Emergency Operations Center

Below is the daily update for the Spokane Tribe of Indians as of April 19, 2020:
Effective Strategies and Successes
Hazard Mitigation Plan completion
Established Emergency Management Tea
Collaboration with School District, BIA, SIHA and IHS
IHS Clinic Received their testing analyzer. They expect the testing and certification process to take a couple days with the ability to test starting Monday, April 20th.
Emergency Declaration date- March 16, 2020
Number of testing sites and capacity
One testing site- David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic (IHS), Wellpinit WA
Testing
i. # Tested- 13
ii. # Pos Tests- 2 (Both tested in Grant County)
iii. # Neg Tests- 13
iv. # Tests Pending Results- 0
Risks and challenges
PPE Status- Critical (Limited PPE on hand with exhausted supply chains)-Placing weekly requests to SEOC
Daily briefs with Tribal leadership and Emergency Management staff
Monitoring PPE levels for first responders and front-line essential personnel
Evaluating sustainability of long-term shutdown
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
Enforcement of closures
i. Tribe closure date with essential personnel reporting extended through May 4, 2020
ii. Tribal Enterprises following state guidelines
iii. Reservation Campgrounds & Playgrounds closed on March 23, 2020 until further notice
iv. Additional closures of public fishing areas.
v. Tribe has suspended Transit services due to Stay at Home order
Concerns as we enter fire season.
Future operational plans (24, 48, and 72 hours out)
Continued evaluation of Tribal Needs
State and reginal coordination
FEMA coordination
Coordinating with WA State as Sub Recipient status Spokane Tribe establishing EOC and coordinating daily with Stevens County EOC
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.
Posting Stay at Home Resolution
Signage at all Reservation Entrances.
Starting the post-stay at home order and return to normal operations planning.
Coordinating with Stevens County on food distribution.
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