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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.

NW Life | Communities

Tribe, Groups Sue Navy Over Ship Cleaning In Puget Sound

AP | June 16, 2017 10:20 a.m. | Seattle

The Suquamish Tribe and two environmental groups are suing the U.S. Navy, saying it sent harmful pollutants into Puget Sound when it cleaned a decommissioned aircraft carrier.

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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.

local | News

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.

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Cowlitz Tribe Can Continue Casino Construction, Following Court Ruling

OPB | July 29, 2016 12:16 p.m. | Portland

Construction of a half-billion-dollar new casino 15 minutes north of Portland can continue full bore Friday following a federal appeals court ruling.

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Reactions to Clinton Nomination | Ron Wyden At The DNC | Philadelphia Uber Driver | Salmon Reintroduction

OPB | July 27, 2016 noon

We hear from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) from the Democratic National Convention and talk to an Uber driver in Philadelphia. We'll also discuss an effort to reintroduce salmon to the upper Malheur River.

Water | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Federal Appeals Court Says Washington Must Repair Salmon-Blocking Culverts

OPB/EarthFix | June 27, 2016 1:15 p.m.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has  ruled that Washington is bound to protect salmon to fulfill treaty obligations with  Northwest tribes – even if it means spending billions to fix road culverts that block salmon passage.

local | News | Land use | Environment

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.

Music | Arts

Rap Pioneer Phife Dawg Of A Tribe Called Quest Dies At 45

AP | March 23, 2016 9:38 a.m.

Phife Dawg, a masterful lyricist whose witty wordplay was a linchpin of the groundbreaking hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, died Tuesday from complications resulting from diabetes, his family said in a statement Wednesday. He was 45.

NW Life | News

Oregon Warm Springs Tribe Approves Marijuana Sales Project

AP | Dec. 18, 2015 11:57 a.m.

The vote comes a year after a U.S. Department of Justice policy indicated tribes could grow and sell pot under the same guidelines as states. The tribe is one of a handful to enter the pot business thus far.

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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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Tribal Court Upholds Ruling To Disenroll Grand Ronde Members

OPB | Sept. 2, 2015 12:01 p.m.

A tribal court Tuesday upheld a decision to kick out 86 members from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

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Federal Agency OKs Proposed Spokane Tribe Casino

AP | June 16, 2015 8:53 a.m. | Spokane, Washington

The Spokane Tribe has won approval from the federal government in its effort to build an off-reservation casino in Airway Heights.

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Warm Springs Tribal Council Removes Secretary-Treasurer

OPB | April 15, 2015 3:43 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs' secretary-treasurer has been removed from his duties, the tribe confirmed in a statement Wednesday.


Puget Sound Tribe's Lawsuit Aims To Keep Oil Trains Off Its Reservation

KUOW | April 7, 2015 1:15 p.m. | Seattle

The Swinomish Tribe has filed a lawsuit against BNSF Railway to stop oil trains from moving through reservation lands in Washington's Skagit County.

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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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Matika Wilbur Photographs America's Tribes

OPB | May 28, 2014 12:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Matika Wilbur is working on Project 562, a journey to photograph every Native American tribe in the U.S.

local | News

Willamette Valley School Adopts Tribal Education

OPB | Sept. 10, 2013 3:08 p.m. | Willamina, Oregon

Teachers at Willamina Elementary School are bringing tribal education into the classroom this year in a broader way.

local | Arts

Warhol's 'Cowboys And Indians' At Oregon Tribal Museum

OPB | Sept. 5, 2013 1:53 a.m. | Pendleton, Oregon

The Tamastslikt exhibition confounds stereotypes and brings pop art to the people.