Today, the Spokane Indian Reservation is approximately 159,000 acres in size.
Community Development Fund
The Community Development Fund was established to benefit health and well-being of the residents of the Reservation
Spokane Tribe of Indians
The Spokane Tribe of Indians are of the Interior Salish Group, which has inhabited northeast Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana for many centuries. The Spokane Tribe now lives on 159,000 acres in Wellpinit, Washington, and continue to contribute to the larger community of Spokane, Washington. We welcome you and thank you for wanting to learn more about the proud Children of the Sun.
Spokane Indians Baseball Tickets
Spokane Tribal Members:
Spokane Indians Baseball Tickets are now available to reserve for the 2016 season with games beginning this weekend. Follow the link below to view their home schedule and promotional nights. There are 4 box seats available for each home game and it’s first come-first served. Our goal this year is to fill our seats at every game, so if tickets are not reserved by tribal members the day before a game we will then make them available for all tribal employees and their families.
Cherry Point News
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) announced its decision to deny Pacific International Terminals' application to build North America’s largest coal export terminal in the Lummi Nation’s treaty-protected fishing waters off Cherry Point. The statement below from Tim Ballew II, chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council, can be quoted in full or in part.
This is a historic victory for treaty rights and the constitution. It is a historic victory for the Lummi Nation and our entire region. We are pleased to see that the Corps has honored the treaty and the constitution by providing a decision that recognizes the terminal’s impacts to our fishing rights. This decision is a win for the treaty and protects our sacred site. Our ancient ones at Xwe'chieXen, Cherry Point, will rest protected.
Because of this decision, the water we rely on to feed our families, for our ceremonies and for commercial purposes remains protected. But this is more than a victory for our people; it’s a victory for treaty rights.
Treaty rights shape our region and nation. As tribes across the United States face pressures from development and resource extraction, we’ll continue to see tribes lead the fight to defend their treaty rights, and protect and manage their lands and waters for future generations.
The impact of a coal terminal on our treaty fishing rights would be severe, irreparable and impossible to mitigate.
Today’s victory is monumental and the Corps followed a fair process defined by law to make the right decision. The Corps has honored the treaty between Lummi and the United States.
We will always fight to protect Xwe'chieXen.
Great News!! FYI: the Spokane Tribe of Indiansw as one of several Tribes in WA State that stood with the Lummi Nation and this group is referred to as the Northwest Alliance; And this Northwest Alliance stands with the Spokane Tribe in our effort against development of Mt Spokane.
Governor approves, STEP moves forward
June 8, 2016 – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced his agreement with the federal Department of Interior’s approval of the Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP). The Governor’s decision was the final action needed to move forward with the entertainment and retail project on the West Plains.
Gov. Inslee said he carefully reviewed the record and determined that STEP would create jobs and enhance tribal public services on the Spokane Reservation.
“This is not a simple situation with an easy, clear-cut answer,” Inslee said. “I wanted to be sure to fully understand all perspectives on this issue before making a decision. All sides have very compelling arguments in favor of and against this proposal. After much consideration, I decided that allowing the Spokane Tribe to develop on its federally recognized land was both fair and appropriate under the federal legal requirements.”
With Gov. Inslee’s concurrence, STEP can move forward after more than a decade of process and review.
“We are thankful for Governor Inslee’s support to help our Tribe with self-sufficiency while providing a major economic impact to the entire Spokane region,” said Carol Evans, chair of the Spokane Tribal Council.
More than 15,000 people sent postcards to Gov. Inslee supporting STEP including support from the City of Airway Heights, members of the Spokane City Council, local business leaders, and Tribes throughout the State of Washington.
The Spokane Tribe recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Northeastern Washington-Northern Idaho Building and Construction Trades Council to ensure the highest standards and best working conditions.
To keep the public informed of the construction schedule and collect contact information of people seeking to fill the need for construction related and permanent jobs, the Tribe announced a completely new STEP Spokane website: STEPspokane.com.