Federal Court Strikes Down Attempt to Limit State, Tribal Rights to Protect Water

OLYMPIA – On Thursday, a U.S. District Court vacated a rule issued by the prior federal administration that sought to limit state and Tribal rights to protect water quality using the authority granted to them in Section 401 of the U.S. Clean Water Act of 1972. Washington led 19 other states and the District of Columbia to challenge the 2020 rule and protect this important right.
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Cuellar, Katko Propose Needed Improvements To Shadow Wolves Authority to Secure Southern Border

“The Shadow Wolves Enhancement Act will facilitate the advancement of additional officers to protect our border communities." Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced bipartisan legislation to improve Shadow Wolves officers’ ability to stop illicit activity on Tribal lands. The Shadow Wolves Enhancement Act would allow officers to be reclassified as special agents with authority to patrol, investigate, and interdict activities along the southern border.

Backstage reactions to WWE Crown Jewel

On Thursday, the Crown Jewel Pay Per View was staged in Saudi Arabia, a long-awaited event that saw several leading matches. For the first time since 2017, the date of the first show held by WWE in Arabia, the WWE Universe appeared literally enthusiastic and many consider this show as one of the best of the year, on par with or even superior to events like SummerSlam or Wrestlemania.
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Help us fund Indigenous Affairs reporting in Washington state

Your support has been critical as we started our journey to cover Indigenous affairs in Washington state. Reporter Natasha Brennan already has shared many stories about the Tribes’ impact on our local communities, environment and politics, as well as traditions, culture and equity issues. I hope you’ll continue to support...

Rounds, Heinrich introduce Indian Buffalo Management Act

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the bipartisan Indian Buffalo Management Act, legislation to create a permanent buffalo program at the U.S. Department of the Interior and help promote and develop tribal capacity to manage buffalo. “The American...

Tribal Members demand answers from Tanana Chiefs Conference leadership over recent firings

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Emotions ran high Friday at a rally in front of the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC). “Over the last year we have seen again and again people treated wrongly at TCC,” Edward Alexander, Former 2nd Chief Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government, said, “which is why we have seen so many people leaving TCC. Our Advocacy Director, our Communications Director, we have seen our General Council getting terminated... why? Why aren’t they answering the questions?”
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Leonard Forsman named first Native American on UW Board of Regents

Leonard Forsman will become the first Native American to serve on the University of Washington Board of Regents Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday, Oct. 25. “Leonard has deep appreciation for the importance of education for all communities. His leadership experience with Suquamish and tireless work on behalf of Northwest Tribal communities will be invaluable to UW,” Inslee said in a news release. “He is a leader in every sense of the word and l look forward to his continued service to our region as a member of the University of Washington Board of Regents.”

BIA Office of Indian Economic Development awards $2.1M in tourism grants

WASHINGTON — The Office of Indian Economic Development within the Bureau of Indian Affairs has awarded $2.1 million in tourism grants to 18 tribes and two Native Hawaiian Organizations. The grants, awarded under the BIA’s Tribal Tourism Grants Program, will primarily fund feasibility studies and business plans for a range...

California: Rolling Hills Casino opens gaming area expansion, new venues

With the construction having started in 2019, the facility in Corning opened Thursday two restaurants, Rock & Brews and Fatburger, conference rooms, as well as an expanded gaming area by 40%. The ceremony had Tribal Chairman Dru Alejandre as one of the main speakers, who spoke about this expansion in terms of economic progress and the possibility of creating new jobs for people in the area.

Nizar Banat family to seek international justice ‘if necessary’

Hebron, Occupied West Bank – The family of Nizar Banat, a fierce critic of the Palestinian Authority (PA) who was allegedly beaten to death by its security forces in May, has resolved to seek international justice if necessary despite coming under heavy pressure to drop the legal fight. Nizar’s family...

These Washington tribes get help with support services for victims of crime and violence

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded more than $6 million in grants to Washington state and Tribal partners to support services for victims of crime and violence. Twelve Tribal communities and various sexual assault and domestic violence treatment providers were awarded upwards of $350,000 each through the Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime and the Office of Violence Against Women, according to a news release Thursday, Oct. 21.

“The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar suspended indefinitely from WWE

Brock Lesnar lost the WWE Universal Championship match to Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel 2021. Lesnar would’ve picked up a decisive win over the Tribal Chief, if the referee had not passed out during the match. With no referee in charge, The Usos were able to attack and even Reigns was able to use the title as a weapon, to defeat Lesnar.