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.
Working with STEP
STOI Employees, paychecks are available for pick up now 8/24/16 1:42
Cayuse Mountain Fire Information
August 24, 2016, 10 am
The Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Spokane Tribe of Indians, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources transferred management of the Cayuse Mountain Fire to NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 9 this morning. The incident command post is located seven miles east of Wellpinit, WA at Kokanee Meadows. Agencies bring in Type 2 IMTs when incidents become more complex due to factors such as size, number of resources, and evacuations.
A helicopter flight yesterday allowed for a more accurate assessment of the fire area. It is now estimated to be 18,220 acres. Roads and dozer lines are in place around most of the fire perimeter, however they will need to be further secured. Today’s focus will be to complete, hold, and improve lines with dozers and crews. Firefighters will also patrol and mop up around houses and other structures within the fire area. Air resources are also working on the fire, including three helicopters with buckets.
Level 2 and Level 3 evacuations and road closures remain in place.
Residents in the Wellpinit area are asked to conserve water today to allow the main water tank to recharge.
Fire information, including evacuation notices, road closures, and daily updates will be posted on The Rawhide Press Facebook page and on their website at www.spokanetribe.com The fire email address is email@example.com . The fire information phone is 509-416-6056.
Spokane Tribal Employees
Due to the Fire and air quality all Spokane Tribal Departments located in Wellpinit area will be closed today 8-24-16, with the exception of Directors and essential staff. Employees who would like to assist at the shelter located at the Wellpinit High School or check on Elders are encouraged to do so and would be greatly appreciated.
The RawhidePress Facebook page is also available for updates.
Both these sites will bu updated as soon as information is relayed
Updated 8/24/2016 1:46pm
Contractors, vendors, suppliers, architects, designers, engineers, other consultants or businesses interested in working with STEP may submit contact information at: STEPSPOKANE.COM
Spokane Tribe Vice Chair Featured Speaker
Dave BrownEagle, vice chair, was the featured speaker at the 11th Native American Summit, hosted by the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, at the Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah.
This premier gathering's interest is to helping Utah's Native communities to grow and thrive.
His key note address entitled, "Putting the 'I' in Family, Community, and Tribe" coincided with the gathering's theme, "Weaving Our Future Together: Love, Family & Community."
Speech was well received.
Agreement with Spokane Tribe and City of Spokane
A meeting was held Tuesday, August 9, at city hall, Spokane, WA to formalize a possible agreement with the City of Spokane representatives from Mayor’s office, City Council, Park Board, Riverfront Park Arts Committee, Inland NW Wildlife Council, and possible participation from carver of Expo ’74 coastal totem pole - Joe David, Province of British Columbia and Canada.
Dave BrownEagle, Vice Chair STOI and Grace Branstetter GATF Powwow were in attendance on behalf of the Spokane Tribe and Riverfront Park powwow, respectively. Randy Abrahamson and James Harrison were absent and each have and continue to have an important role in this on-going process.
The primary focus was renaming the island, presently named Canada Island, to a salish name; and to formally agree, that the Spokane Tribe of Indians and the city of Spokane and all its representatives of the different entities, i.e. City Council, Park Board, etc. are receptive to acknowledge that each will work together to enhance any sites that are pertinent to the Spokane Tribe’s interest.
A tentative signing ceremony will take place on August 27. Exact time will be announced later. This will coincide with the powwow that will be held in Riverfront Park that day.
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.