Native Americans

Restoring Tribal Diets
10:42 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Northwest Lab Hopes To Build The World's First Lamprey Hatchery

Pacific lamprey serve as an important food source for Northwest tribes. Their populations have dramatically declined throughout the Columbia River system.
Credit Flickr Photo/USFWS Pacific

Pacific lamprey were once a major staple in Northwest tribes’ diets. The oils were a source of nutrition. Babies used lamprey tails as teething rings.

Now, as numbers decline, lamprey only make it to the table during ceremonies or special occasions. Washington biologists hope to turn those numbers around and in doing so, may create the world's first lamprey hatchery.

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Tribal Disenrollment
6:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Nooksack Tribe Cites ‘Missing Ancestor’ As Reason To Disenroll 306 Members

Nooksack tribal police stand outside the courthouse during a disenrollment hearing.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

It's a frosty morning at the Nooksack tribal courthouse in Deming, Wash., and caution tape and tribal police block the entrance.

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Tribal Disenrollment
7:47 am
Mon December 16, 2013

'We’ll Always Be Nooksack': Tribe Questions Ancestry Of Part-Filipino Members

Adelina Narte Gladstone Parker faces disenrollment from the Nooksack Tribe, near Bellingham, as do 305 others.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Adelina Parker lets up on the gas as she drives through her childhood stomping grounds.

“Up there, that was all Filipino farmers and strawberry fields,” Parker says, motioning toward a school and apartments that occupy this land.

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Environment
1:29 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Live Tweet: Discussing Impacts Of Bellingham Coal Terminal

On December 6, 2013 at Town Hall in Seattle, reporter Ashley Ahearn moderated a discussion with Jay Julius, Lummi councilmember; and tribal law experts Mason Morisett and Knoll Lowney about an ongoing battle over a coal terminal, proposed to be built at Cherry Point, a sacred site for the Lummi.

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Oil Equipment
9:44 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Megaload Pulls Out Of Northeast Oregon Port Despite Protesters

Cathy Sampson-Kruse is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. Police arrested her after she laid down in front of the so-called megaload bound for Canada.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 1:25 pm

A massive load of oil equipment is on its way to Canada, along a winding route that began near Hermiston, in northeast Oregon. 

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Environment
8:58 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Coal Exporter Disturbed Native American Burial Site Near Bellingham

Jay Julius is a Lummi tribal council member and fisherman. He cites the Pacific International Terminals' non-permitted actions at Cherry Point as a source of tribal opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal.
EarthFix/KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Three summers ago, the company that hopes to build the largest coal terminal in North America failed to obtain the permits it needed before bulldozing more than four miles of roads and clearing more than nine acres. 

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Marijuana Legalization
3:52 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Many Indian Tribes Not Likely To Allow Recreational Marijuana

Flickr Photo/North Cascades National Park

Ross Reynolds interviews Robert Anderson, director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington, who explains why most Native American tribes in Washington are unlikely to allow the production, sale or use of recreational marijuana.

Energy
12:43 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Proposed Power Lines Tangle With Native American History

Four humanlike figures were painted in a cave in Washington hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 3:25 am

Imagine running power lines through a cathedral. That's how archaeologists describe what the Bonneville Power Administration proposes doing in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state. The federal electricity provider is trying to string a new transmission line near a cave that contains ancient paintings, a site considered sacred by Native Americans.

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Tribal Business
9:22 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Tribal Casinos Move Into New Territory: High-End Luxury

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 3:39 pm

Tribal casinos are trying to appeal to a new kind of customer – one who may not even gamble at all. 

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RadioActive Youth Media
8:08 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Makah Filmmaker Fights Stereotypes One Story At A Time

Sandy Osawa, a local filmmaker and a member of the Makah Tribe, works to change minds one story at a time.
Courtesy of Sandy Osawa

Sandy Osawa is a local filmmaker and a member of the Makah Tribe. She and her husband, Yasu Osawa, have been creating documentaries for four decades. They have produced more than 65 videos, including five PBS documentaries. But for the Osawas, this is not a business. It's a battle. They use film to fight society's images of American Indian people.

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Feature Interviews
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Hometown Heroes: The Conversation Talks To Notable Washingtonians

Dan Savage is a sex columnist, author and LBTQ advocate.
Wikimedia

Located in the best city in the best state, The Conversation has a lot of pride in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve got the best apples, planes, music, and yoga paddle board classes in the country.  This hour, we hear from Washingtonians who are making news and bringing fame to the Evergreen State.

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RadioActive Youth Media
9:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

When The Odds Are Against You

Sandy Osawa is a local filmmaker and a member of the Makah Tribe. She and her husband Yasu have been creating documentaries for four decades.
Courtesy of Sandy Osawa

In today’s podcast we battle the odds, even when we know our chances of winning are slim. We fight for our dignity and we fight for our lives.

First, we hear from Rachel Lam about local filmmaker Sandy Osawa and how she battles Native American stereotypes through her work. Then Madeline Ewbank introduces us to Mr. Nybs, and his fight with the lump in his throat.

RadioActive is KUOW's youth radio program, and all the stories here are produced by young people age 16-21. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

Tribe Challenges Ancestries
5:28 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Nooksack Tribe Seeks To Cut 15 Percent Of Members

What’s considered the largest proposed disenrollment of tribal members in Washington state is still moving forward, following a tribal court’s ruling this week.  Leaders of the Nooksack Tribe near Bellingham aim to cut ties with 306 of its 2,000 members – that’s 15 percent of the tribe.

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Recognition Limbo
10:51 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Duwamish Fight For Federal Status Inches Forward

Totem pole on the Lummi reservation near Bellingham, Wash.
Liz Jones KUOW

Seattle’s native people, the Duwamish, will learn today about their next step in a decades-old legal battle.  The tribe has petitioned the US government for federal recognition, which would make the Duwamish eligible for certain benefits like health care, fishing rights and the chance to run a casino.

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Social Issues
9:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

The Tribes And Same-Sex Marriage, Science News, And Beverly Washburn

The Suquamish Tribe Recognized Same-Sex Marriage In 2011: Will Other Tribes?
In March, a Northern Michigan Indian tribe became the third in the US to recognize same-sex marriage. The Suquamish Tribal Council voted to recognize same-sex marriage in 2011. Other tribes have passed laws against. And the US Supreme Court is expected to issue a landmark marriage ruling this summer. Ron Whitener, executive director at Native American Law Center at the University of Washington, explains how the nation’s 563 recognized tribes are approaching the issue.

What’s New In Science News?  
Local virologists are tracking the latest flu in China, and the economics of studying science have led to some new ways to raise money for research. Sally James, Northwest science writer tells us what’s new in science news.

A Conversation With Former Child Star Beverly Washburn
Chances are you’ve seen Beverly Washburn perform, but you didn’t know her name. Have you seen Old Yeller? She was the little girl, Lisbeth. Washburn grew up performing opposite Hollywood greats like Lou Costello and Bing Crosby.   

Weekend Weather Forecast
How will the weather be for Mother's Day this Sunday? Nick Bond joins us with a look at the weekend weather.

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