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Legislation To Provide Land Base For Western Oregon Tribes Passes House

OPB/EarthFix | July 13, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Legislation would convey 32,000 acres of federal land to two tribes and provide forest management authority to a third.

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US Supreme Court Declines To Hear Case Over Cowlitz Casino

The Columbian | April 4, 2017 7:55 a.m.

The yearslong legal battle over the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s right to a reservation near La Center is over.

News | local

Washington Tribe Sues Federal Government Over Withholding Of $14M

AP | Feb. 15, 2017 8:17 a.m. | Seattle

An American Indian tribe in northwestern Washington is suing the federal government, saying it has wrongfully been denied nearly $14 million in a flap over its efforts to kick out almost 300 members.

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Umatilla Prison Powwow Helps Inmates Connect To Their Roots

East Oregonian | Aug. 22, 2016 7:36 a.m.

Two Rivers Correctional Institution held its first powwow, attended by 63 inmates, more than 50 guests and 27 representatives from American Indian tribes and organizations.

Land use | Environment | News | local

Klamath Forest Wildfire Plan Faces Pushback

Jefferson Public Radio | March 29, 2016 9:12 a.m.

During the summer of 2014, wildfires burned more than 200,000 acres of the Klamath National Forest in northern California’s Siskiyou County. But a plan to help reduce the threat of future wildfires has faced stiff opposition.

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Umatilla Elections Bring New Faces To Tribes' Board

OPB | Nov. 19, 2015 12:35 p.m.

On Tuesday, four new members were elected to the nine-person board of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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Chinook Indian Nation Turns To Obama For Federal Recognition

OPB | Oct. 8, 2015 1:11 p.m.

After a decades-long struggle for federal recognition, Tribal Chairman Tony Johnson is requesting executive action to clarify the Chinook Indian Nation's legal status.

Energy | Environment

A Coastal Community In Washington Contemplates Oil Terminals

KUOW | Feb. 9, 2015 10:15 p.m.

What would hundreds of trains and ships filled with oil each year mean for jobs, the future of fishing, and the quality of life? Those are questions confronting a coastal community in Washington.

News | Politics | local | OPB News Blog

Top Stories: Portland To Support Suit Against Online Advertiser, Clark County GOP May Censure Congresswoman

OPB | Jan. 20, 2015 7:45 a.m.

Headlines for Tuesday, Jan. 20: The city of Portland will support a federal suit against online advertiser Backpage; the Clark County Republican Party may pass a censure of GOP Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler; and more.

News | local | OPB News Blog

Top Stories: Earthquake Shook Northern Polk County, Heavy Rain To Hit Western Oregon

OPB | Dec. 19, 2014 7:30 a.m. | Portland

Headlines for Friday, Dec. 19: An earthquake shook northern Polk County this morning; heavy rain is coming to Portland and western Oregon today and over the weekend; the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has spent $4.16 million in land buy-back settlement; and more.

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Local Group Protests Cleveland Indians' Mascot At Nike

OPB | April 30, 2014 2:27 p.m. | Portland

Members of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry and supporters will meet outside Nike's Beaverton headquarters Thursday to protest the company’s production and distribution of apparel featuring Cleveland Indians’ mascot Chief Wahoo, which the group has called a “grotesque caricature.”

Politics | Think Out Loud

Rule Changes Could Give Chinook Tribes Federal Recognition

OPB | Sept. 25, 2013 12:20 p.m.

An overhaul of Bureau of Indian Affairs rules could provide the Chinook Indian Nation with Federal recognition as an official tribe.

Education | News | local

State Selects Native American Education Advocate

OPB | Aug. 29, 2013 12:02 p.m.

Native American students will once again have an advocate at the Oregon Department of Education, after nearly two decades without.

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Coquille Tribe Steps Up Casino Campaign

OPB | Aug. 28, 2013 10:52 a.m. | Medford, Oregon

The Coquille Indian Tribe is intensifying its publicity campaign for a proposed casino in Medford.  That's after meeting unforeseen resistance from local government officials.

NW Life | Arts | local

Peggy O'Neal & Larry Watson Create Historical Art For Museums

OPB | Feb. 11, 2013 7:15 a.m.

The couple are as much historians as artists, creating fascinating dioramas for museums and interpretive centers.