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 Presently, the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) are working with a Demographer on completing a 100-year population study based on various demographic scenarios. This is a population study.  No changes will be made to Enrollment requirements, the Code or Constitution. 

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Since October, hatchery staff have spawned hundreds of summer chinook and shocked and picked (the process of removing dead eggs) through thou­sands of spring chinook eggs. They will continue shocking and picking eggs throughout December. Hatchery staff also had help from Chelan County PUD st…

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Omak, WA (November 30, 2022) – 12 Tribes Colville Casinos’ team members are proud to contribute the annual holiday meals to local families in the Omak, Lake Chelan, and Coulee Dam communities. The holiday meals included turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, dinne…

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Osoyoos, B.C. - Shawn Wilson is Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba. He was the keynote speaker recently at the Okanagan Nation Alliance Syilx Indian Residential School Healing Gathering, November 28-29, 2022. “Through working with Indigenous people internationally, Shawn has applied Indi…

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(Nespelem, Wash. November 29, 2022) –  In the past few months, thousands of juvenile chinook were captured in the Sanpoil River, a tributary of the upper Columbia. The juveniles were produced from 178 adult chinook that were released in the river in 2021.  These studies in the Sanpoil are pa…

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November 16 — Penelope Antoine and Talliyah Timentwa shared their stories as young women for Native American Heritage Month Speaker Series hosted by the CCT Youth Development Program.

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Nespelem Agency, WA – Rick Desautel was the invited speaker to celebrate Native American Heritage Month as part of a CCT Youth Development Program lecture series.

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OMAK, WASHINGTON (October 31, 2022) – Today, 12 Tribes Colville Casinos officially launched sports betting kiosks at their three locations in Lake Chelan, Omak, and Coulee Dam. Sports betting is available for many popular sports, including football, baseball, and soccer, with a minimum bet o…

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(Nespelem, WA) — The Colville Tribes announces that the final suspect in this  weekend’s shootings on the Colville Reservation is now in the custody of law  enforcement. This arrest follows the apprehension of two other suspects earlier today. 

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NESPELEM, Wash.— Offi­cials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Colville Tribal Business Council and staff from the tribes’ environmental trust department met Tuesday, October 18, 2022 to announce proposed revisions to the Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR).

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Hunt is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes (Arrow Lakes, Palouse, Entiat, Moses-Columbia, and other bands), and was raised in Nespelem, Washington. She graduated from Lake Roosevelt High School in 1998. She was one of the original Gates Millennium Scholars while she attended the Un…

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COULEE DAM, WA –Scouts of America Troops 52 and 24 volunteered with Okanogan Conservation District to mark 29 storm drains in Coulee Dam. The markers read, “NO DUMPING | DRAINS TO RIVER” to serve as a reminder that pollutant runoff into storm drains causes harm to fish and other aquatic habitat. 

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NESPELEM, Wash. — The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation announces that  the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology has selected the Antoine Valley Ranch  Phase 2 project for $3.95 million in funding. These funds will facilitate the Tribes’  acquisition of approximately 1,2…

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NESPELEM, Wash. — The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation accepted a  federal grant to construct internet infrastructure across the Colville Reservation in the  amount of $48,405,830.78. Construction will occur over the next five years, and the  specific final scope of the projec…

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Francis was born on May 22, 1952, with a twin brother Joseph Lewis Somday.  His father is William Lewis Somday, and his mother is Betty Lou Bonwell (Somday).  He was born in the small town of Republic, Washington but grew up in Malo, Washington on the north half of the Colville Reservation. 

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NESPELEM, Wash. – On October 1, 2022, Colville Business Council, Colville Tribal leadership and tribal members convened at the Nespelem Community Center where tribal leadership provided an overview of the various facets of tribal government and its enterprises. 

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NESPELEM, Wash. –The Nespelem Celebration Grounds was the site for the Nespelem School Suicide Awarness Prevention on September 29. In 2018, the Colville Business Council declared a state of emergency due to the suicides on the reservation.

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Colville Reservation – Mitch Factor brought his expertise to share with families in Inchelium and Omak, sponsored by CCT Head Start. He was born and raised in Oklahoma, the youngest of 10 children in a, “very loving and strong family,” according to his bio. He shared a 90-minute presentation…

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OMAK, Wash. – Roxanne Best has a unique set of skills. She is a small business owner that she has been able to apply in a variety of settings to different audiences. Her first endeavor was photography that she began doing in 2014. She has been teaching Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga since …

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Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Film Society hosted the inaugural indigenous film festival, September 1-3, 2022. On tap for the weekend were nine feature films: The Scattering of Man, Slash Back, Beans, Blood Quantum, WildHood, Returning Home, Portraits from a Fire, Scarborough, and Run Woman Run.

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OMAK, Wash. – Korey and Brittany Carden had talked about opening a business amongst themselves. They had money saved up and were waiting on the right opportunity that fit their schedules and family needs. Korey works at the Waterfall Immersion School as a Primary Classroom Guide Apprentice a…

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NESPELEM, Wash. — The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation invites the  public to attend the Grand Opening of the Nespelem Softball/Baseball Field on  September 16, 2022 beginning at 1:00 p.m.. Fun events are planned, and additional  details about the celebration will be shared in…

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NESPELEM, Wash. — The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation reports there has been a slight delay in some of the per capita payments which are going out at this time. The delay affects a majority of the 3,289 payments which are made via direct deposit. 

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NESPELEM, Wash. — The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation honors Lawney Reyes upon his death on August 10, 2022 at the age of 91. The Native American artist, sculptor, interior designer, architect and writer was a longtime Seattle resident. 

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Washington State congressmen Newhouse, and congresswomen McMorris-Rodgers along with Arkansas congressmen Bruce Westerman visit the Colville Tribe, taking part in a forestry tour of the Reservation 

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Vanessa (Nessa) Ankney attends Washington State University (WSU) in their ROAR program (Responsibility, Opportunity, Advocacy, Respect). WSU ROAR is a Dept. of Education approved comprehensive transition and post-secondary program (CTP) for students with intellectual and dev…

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Muscular strength is the ability to contract a muscle (make it shorter) to move a heavy load. This can be accomplished by going to the gym and doing Resistance Training (RT) by lifting weights, or doing body weight exercises. You should aim for 40 minutes a week at minimum to increase streng…

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NESPELEM, Wash. — The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation has appointed  Cody Desautel to serve as the Tribes’ new Executive Director. The Executive Director is  the administrative head of tribal government and reports directly to the Colville Business  Council. 

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Nespelem Agency – Newly elected council members from the Inchelium District, Cindy Marchand and Cody Peone, took the oath of office with Virgil “Smoker” Marchand, Joe Somday, Dustin Best, Char Zacherle, and Andy Josephy, Jr. 

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FINTRY, B.C. - Spirit Peoples and his wife Viola Brown live near lead of the lake near Okanagan Indian Band #1, where she is on Band Council and they raise their three children. His oldest son is attending EWU in Cheney. Spirit is an artist who has illustrated a Syilx children’s book "How Co…

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Since the onslaught of wildfires, particularly over the last decade here on the Colville Reservation, many Colville Tribal Members have contacted the Forestry Department about being updated on our efforts to replant forested areas severely impacted by wildfires.  

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NESPELEM, WA — Jeanne A. Jerred passed away on July 5, 2022 at the age of 78 years  old. A dinner and a rosary in her honor are scheduled for July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Keller  Community Center. Her funeral will be the next day, July 11 at 9 a.m. Jeanne is survived  by three daughters and her …

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NESPELEM, WA. — Andy Joseph Jr., Chairman of the Sn̓ ʕaýckstx (Sinixt) Confederacy  and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, released today the following  statement regarding the cancellation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the  Province of British Columbia and Ma…

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OSOYOOS LAKE – Herman and Joanne Edward, from the Lower Similkameen Indian Band of the Okanagan Nation, led a group of paddlers on July 4 from the USA and Canada across the 49th parallel, the agreed upon border established on August 5, 1846, between the USA and Great Britain. The Jay Treaty …

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KELLER, Wash. – There have been nine US presidents that served since Ike Cawston, Sr. began his career as a Wildland Firefighter for the Colville Confederated Tribes. A dinner prepared (on June 28) by his Cawston family fed those who came to honor and thank him for his decades of service, a …

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Incumbents Dustin Best, Virgil “Smoker” Marchand, Andrew Joseph Jr., Sharleen Zacherle and Joseph Somday return, while Inchelium boasts two new faces in Cody Peone and Cindy Marchand 

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SINIXT TERRITORY, B.C., Canada – “As we walk among you, yes, we definitely feel like we’re home. I walk these grounds and find a great feeling in walking these same places my grandfathers also walked...With a heart, happy thank you, lim limt, from me and rest of the Sinixt community, I appre…

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WINTHROP, Wash. – The Colville Tribes held a ceremony (June 21) at the Wagner Ranch, outside of Winthrop, Washington to recognize the work to gift the ranch to the Colville Tribes and Tribal Members of the Methow Band. The proceedings were opened with an honor song by Robbie Stafford, TJ Erb…

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