Native Americans http://kuow.org en Billy Frank Jr.: Tribes Must Try To Bring The Salmon Back http://kuow.org/post/billy-frank-jr-tribes-must-try-bring-salmon-back <p></p><p>Billy Frank Jr. helped secure Indian fishing rights through protest and legal action in the 1960s and '70s. The 83-year-old Nisqually tribe member has been arrested about 50 times over the years; the first time was in 1945 when he was 14, for fishing. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:48:49 +0000 Steve Scher 32251 at http://kuow.org Billy Frank Jr.: Tribes Must Try To Bring The Salmon Back Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River http://kuow.org/post/tribes-push-restore-salmon-upper-columbia-river <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031814TB_GrandCoulee_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Once upon a time, salmon and steelhead swam over a thousand miles upriver to the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River, at the foot of the Rockies in British Columbia.<p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:46:38 +0000 Tom Banse 30846 at http://kuow.org Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River Nooksack Vote Shows Divide On Disenrollment Struggle http://kuow.org/post/nooksack-vote-shows-divide-disenrollment-struggle <p></p><p>This weekend’s tribal council election on the Nooksack reservation near Bellingham leaves an uncertain future for hundreds of its members. The tribe has sought to remove about 15 percent of its people in what would be the largest tribal disenrollment in Washington state’s history. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:12:54 +0000 Liz Jones 30738 at http://kuow.org Nooksack Vote Shows Divide On Disenrollment Struggle Disenrollment Controversy Looms Over Nooksack Tribal Council Election http://kuow.org/post/disenrollment-controversy-looms-over-nooksack-tribal-council-election <p>Members of the Nooksack tribe near Bellingham will cast votes in a high-stakes election this Saturday. The outcome could change the fate for hundreds of members facing disenrollment from the tribe.</p><p>This membership controversy within the Nooksack Tribe surfaced about a year ago. The tribal council questioned the ancestry of 306 members, about 15 percent of the tribe, and moved to disenroll them. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:05:09 +0000 Liz Jones 30568 at http://kuow.org Disenrollment Controversy Looms Over Nooksack Tribal Council Election Archaeological Digging Starts On Seattle's Stalled Tunnel Project http://kuow.org/post/archaeological-digging-starts-seattles-stalled-tunnel-project <p>The past could present yet another obstacle to the future of the state Route 99&nbsp;megaproject on the Seattle waterfront.</p><p>Archaeologists with the tunnel project started digging a series of 60 small holes Thursday to see if any signs of historic or prehistoric human activity are in the area. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:23:56 +0000 John Ryan 30507 at http://kuow.org Archaeological Digging Starts On Seattle's Stalled Tunnel Project Wanapum Dam River Drawdown Churns Up More Old Bones http://kuow.org/post/wanapum-dam-river-drawdown-churns-more-old-bones <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031314AK_Wanapum_Bonesfeature_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials are reporting the discovery of a second set of human remains near the cracked </span>Wanapum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dam on the Columbia River in Eastern Washington state.</span><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:01:52 +0000 Anna King 30532 at http://kuow.org Wanapum Dam River Drawdown Churns Up More Old Bones For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope' http://kuow.org/post/abused-native-american-women-new-law-provides-ray-hope This Thursday, three Native American tribes are changing how they administer justice.<p>For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has barred tribes from prosecuting non-American Indian defendants. But as part of last year's re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a new program now allows tribes to try some non-Indian defendants in domestic abuse cases.<p>It will be another year before the program expands to other eligible federally-recognized tribes around the country in March 2015. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:07:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 29165 at http://kuow.org For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope' Pilot Program Helps Domestic Violence Victims On Tulalip Reservation http://kuow.org/post/pilot-program-helps-domestic-violence-victims-tulalip-reservation <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Tulalip Tribe Chairman <a href="http://www.tulaliptribes-nsn.gov/Home/Government/BoardofDirectors/BoardofDirectorsDetail.aspx">Mel Sheldon</a> about a federal pilot program that will allow the Tulalip Tribe to prosecute non-tribal members who are accused of domestic violence on the reservation. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:46:42 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 28672 at http://kuow.org Pilot Program Helps Domestic Violence Victims On Tulalip Reservation Sen. Maria Cantwell: NFL Needs To Abandon Redskin Name http://kuow.org/post/sen-maria-cantwell-nfl-needs-abandon-redskin-name <p>Ross Reynolds talks with U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., about her letter to the National Football League urging it to get rid of the <span class="st">Washington Redskins' </span>name. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:57:02 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 28585 at http://kuow.org Sen. Maria Cantwell: NFL Needs To Abandon Redskin Name Legacy Of Forced March Still Haunts Navajo Nation http://kuow.org/post/legacy-forced-march-still-haunts-navajo-nation Musician <a href="http://cclearwater.com/">Clarence Clearwater</a>, like so many Navajos, has moved off the reservation for work. He performs on the Grand Canyon Railway, the lone Indian among dozens of cowboys and train robbers entertaining tourists.<p>"I always tell people I'm there to temper the cowboys," says Clearwater. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:32:00 +0000 Laurel Morales 27679 at http://kuow.org Legacy Of Forced March Still Haunts Navajo Nation The Fish Wars: Fighting As Northwest Salmon Run Dry http://kuow.org/post/fish-wars-fighting-northwest-salmon-run-dry <blockquote><p><strong>This is an excerpt from KUOW's "Sacred Catch" series. <a href="https://medium.com/p/a5327c10572a">Explore the full series with additional audio, pictures and materials.</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Hundreds of Indians climbed the cliffs at night and waited under the edge of the bluff for the first morning light.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Jeff Emtman 27196 at http://kuow.org The Fish Wars: Fighting As Northwest Salmon Run Dry 'Schelangen,' But Also A Right http://kuow.org/post/schelangen-also-right <p>Back in the 1850s, the United States negotiated a series of five treaties with the coastal tribes living in what is now Washington state.&nbsp;The treaties secured a majority of the land for the state and broke the tribes up into reservations. But of less interest to early white settlers were water rights. Native Americans kept their right to fish along coastal waters. However, over the decades those rights have been disputed. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Jeff Emtman 27195 at http://kuow.org 'Schelangen,' But Also A Right Before Salmon Was King, Before Salmon Was Greed http://kuow.org/post/salmon-was-king-salmon-was-greed <p></p><p>The Salish Sea is a network of waterways that run from northwestern Washington to British Columbia. The waters of the Salish Sea are home to some of the richest marine life on the planet. The Lummi Tribe of Northern Washington rely on the abundance of these waters, but the fish have been in decline for the last century and a half. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Jeff Emtman 27194 at http://kuow.org Before Salmon Was King, Before Salmon Was Greed Clean Slate For Tribal Fishing Rights Protesters? http://kuow.org/post/clean-slate-tribal-fishing-rights-protesters <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/011414TW_Yanity_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Around 40 to 50 years ago, American Indians in Western Washington were repeatedly arrested during protests over treaty fishing rights.<p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:48:48 +0000 Taylor Winkel 27112 at http://kuow.org Clean Slate For Tribal Fishing Rights Protesters? Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest http://kuow.org/post/seattle-2013-year-protest <p>As we looked back on the last year, debating which stories to highlight here, we noticed a trend that surprised us: 2013 was a year of activism and protest in the Seattle area. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Bond Huberman 26168 at http://kuow.org Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest