NESPELEM – Why has there been a steady decline of white sturgeon juveniles in the upper Columbia River? Fisheries managers are working to find the answers and have been focused on recovery efforts.
TWISP - There is an importance in getting roots back into the burned ground left by the Cold Springs Fire and Inchelium Complex Fires that started over the long Labor Day Weekend and burned over 200,000 combined acres on the Colville Indian Reservation.
COULEE DAM - The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) has been awarded a $500,000 grant from Wells Fargo’s Open For Business Fund to help Washington businesses stay open in these times of COVID-19 and disastrous wildfires. The NNDF will use the funds to implement a unique “Small Business…
OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office and Public Health department announced Oct. 28 that beginning in November the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone will be offered to individuals upon release from the county jail.
12 Tribes Resort & Casino has been working to convert the existing modern themed nightclub Evolution Lounge to a warm relaxing venue called Loggers Pub.
The Confederated Tribes of The Colville Reservation has been working collaboratively with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to better identify flood risk in the Reservation. This effort includes a new flood study on several streams in the Tribe that will ultimately be used to pr…
NESPELEM - In a year that has seen changes to everything ‘normal’ in Nespelem School - from in-student class to school lunches in the cafeteria, to riding the buses to school - add Halloween to the list.
NESPELEM - During special session, Oct. 21, the Colville Business Council unanimously voted to waive all residential building permit fees for the 2020 Cold Springs Fire and Inchelium Complex Fire victims.
NESPELEM - The Colville Business Council voted to approve the 2020 November Elder Quarterly Stipend, providing $350 to each eligible Colville Tribal elder age 55 years old and older.
NESPELEM - The Colville Business Council approved the Colville Tribal Operating Budget for fiscal year 2021 in the total amount of $55,430,410 during special session, Oct. 21.
NESPELEM - Colville Tribal Head Start Program Manager Jeanie Kent met with the Colville Business Council’s Education and Employment Committee, Oct. 19, noting in-person schooling could potentially begin in Keller and Inchelium Nov. 2 and in Omak and Nespelem Nov. 16.
NESPELEM - The Colville Confederated Tribes Election’s Office, which has lead the tribes’ effort in the 2020 U.S. Census, has reported the tribes have completed the decennial count with a 85 percent return - 18 percentage points higher than the national average.
In Chambers recently, you talked about what you called "the misery index" and the effect that it could have on the spread of COVID-19 in our area. What is the misery index, how is it related to the spread of COVID-19 and what can residents do to continue preventing the spread of COVID-19?
KELLER - The contractor Leone & Keeble LLC has reported it has paid approximately $586,000 to date in wages to tribal members working on construction of the San Poil Treatment Facility in Keller.
SINIXT TRADITIONAL TERRITORY - There’s sad irony in the fact the U.S.-Canadian border has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March, locking out many Sinixt from their traditional homelands in British Columbia, yet the Supreme Court of Canada is reserving judgment on a landmark ca…
NESPELEM, WA – The Colville Tribes announces that the Tribes’ annual general membership meeting will be held remotely this year. The entire November 23, 2020 issue of the Tribal Tribune will be dedicated to answering questions from tribal members. A written report to members will also be dis…
INCHELIUM - The Colville Tribes Department of Transportation announced, Sept. 30, the Inchelium Ferry will begin their winter hours beginning Oct. 1.
NESPELEM - The Colville Tribal Fish and Wildlife Department announced through in-season regulation changes the extension of both the Chief Joseph Dam Tailrace and the Okanogan and Columbia River Summer/Fall Chinook fisheries, Sept. 29.
KELLER – Mount Tolman Fire Center announced the fire danger remains high across the Colville Reservation and the Industrial Fire Precaution Level is set at level two, a partial hootowl.
NESPELEM - In a presentation of his program’s needs to the Colville Business Council’s Health and Human Service’s Committee, Colville Tribal Area Agency on Aging’s Larry Robinette noted the program’s greatest current priority is in getting a meal site in the Omak district.
INCHELIUM – A public notice for Inchelium has been issued announcing a traffic notice of road closures for the Boise Haul Road due to construction, Sept. 28 through Oct. 30.
COULEE DAM – The Northwest Native Development Fund announced, Sept. 25, receipt of a $1,083,300 award to expand services and increase small business lending.
OMAK – James G. Murphy Co. has announced the online public auction of the Colville Indian Precision Pine Mill, located in Omak. The auction will start Sept. 30 and run through Oct. 7.
OMAK - When the Cold Springs Fire that started in a wind event over the long Labor Day Weekend was moved to a patrol status and handed back to the Mount Tolman Fire Center, it had burned just under 190,000 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation, and within the fire scar that seemed to cons…
For Immediate ReleaseNESPELEM, WA.— Rodney Cawston, the Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CCT) says that all sn̓ʕaýckstx (Arrow Lakes/Sinixt) people are eagerly anticipating October 8, 2020, when the landmark case of R v. Desautel will be heard by the Supreme …
NESPELEM, WA – The partial shutdown of Tribal government currently in effect has been extended until further notice by Resolution of the Colville Business Council. Employees of the Tribal government shall continue in their current status subject to direction by their supervisor. Employees s…
NESPELEM - The recidivism rate for the Colville Tribal Court’s Healing to Wellness Program is zero, meaning no Colville Tribal member who has completed the four phases of the Healing to Wellness program has recommitted, according to program administrator Jon Hamilton.
We will continue to experience air quality in the Unhealthy to Hazardous conditions through Friday with some improvement over the weekend. Firefighters are gaining control on the Reservation fires with little increase in acreages and new smoke production.
The National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert for all of Okanogan County in effect until 11:00 AM Monday, September 14th.
The Nespelem Valley Electric has a scheduled a 12-14 hour power outage for the St Mary’s Mission area , Haley Creek and east along SR 155 to the Disautel area tomorrow, Monday September 14th from 6:00 AM until 8:00 PM to assist Bonneville Power with restoration efforts.
Omak, WA – Today: The area like most of Eastern Washington is dealing with smoke from the south. These conditions will stick around through the day while crews are on the line. Firefighters today will continue their focus on the northeast portion of the fire which is the Omak Lake and Hale…
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, alongside Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Chairman Rodney Cawston, will tour the Cold Springs Fire in and around Omak to survey the damage and meet with firefighters, local officials and others.
Omak, WA – Last night: Crews overnight night worked to strengthen containment lines that are in place and create additional containment line.
NESPELEM - Nespelem Valley Electric issued a statement about system wide outages due to the Cold Spring Fire currently burning on the western part of the Colville Indian Reservation.
NESPELEM, WA – The Colville Tribes announces that it is receiving generous offers of donations from around the region to assist the response to ongoing fires on the Colville Reservation. To streamline the process and lessen confusion, the Tribes announces means by which donations may be made.
Omak, WA – Firefighting efforts today focused on structure protection and working on containment lines. Just before noon a structure fire was reported at the Old Mill in Omak. Crews from the Cold Springs Fire responded to assist the local jurisdictions when the fire ignited spot fires to the…
The Omak Community Center, Nespelem Longhouse, and Inchelium Community Center have been designated facilities for tonight to welcome all families who have been evacuated or affected by fires.
Three fires in Inchelium, WA increased in size overnight due to extreme winds. Yesterday, Tribal PD reported that four structures were lost to these fires. This included 2 homes and 2 outbuildings. Today, weather conditions have improved and this will help firefighters. The three fires are u…
Omak, WA – The Cold Springs Fire started Sunday evening at approximately 9:45 pm. and quickly spread due to high winds and low relative humidity. The fire is currently estimated at 140,000 acres with 0% containment at this time Firefighters from Mt. Tolman Fire Center, Okanogan County Fire D…
NESPELEM - The Colville Tribes have issued a broadcast email stating Omak and Nespelem Indian Health Service clinics will be closed tomorrow, Sep. 8, due to fires on the Colville Reservation.
Keller, WA – Colville Tribes has five uncontrolled wildfires on the Colville Reservation. Two fires are located near Omak WA and three fires are near Inchelium, WA. All fires are under investigation. Due to extreme winds all aircraft are grounded. Evacuations have been issued please be awar…
NESPELEM - Colville Tribal Centralized Services Director Patrick Tonasket has issued a broadcast via tribal email announced administrative leave for non-emergency tribal employees for tomorrow, Sep. 8.