Dedicated to Promoting Tribal Self Determination & Sovereignty

ATNI is organized and chartered as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation under the laws of the State of Oregon. The organization sets out its membership and operating policies within its Constitution and Bylaws and ATNI Policies & Procedures Manual. Authority for management of the affairs of ATNI are delegated to the Executive Council by the members and further delegated to the Executive Board, Committees, and Executive Director.



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ATNI Events


REGISTER TODAY | September 14-17, 2015

Hosted by: Kalispel Tribe of Indians 

at Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Spokane, WA



“Future of Tribal Economic Self-Determination”

REGISTER TODAY | August 11-13, 2015

McMenamins Kennedy School – Portland, Oregon


ATNI Drug Abuse & Prevention Summit 2015

REGISTER TODAY | July 27-28th, 2015

Bellingham, WA

ATNI and the Lummi Nation would like to invite our NW Tribal leaders, their staff and other professionals to come together next month to discuss the future of substance abuse prevention beyond 2015.  The two-day summit will explore the following:

  • To convene ATNI Tribal Leaders to discuss all facets of Tribal Drug Abuse and Prevention.
  • To Share Tribal Strategies, Plans, Codes, and Policy related to Drug Abuse and Prevention.
  • Discuss Jursdictioon Issues.
  • To Identify Strategies to Promote and Protect Tribal Members and Tribal Governments in dealing with Drug Abuse and Prevention.
  • To discuss the opportunity to update a NW Tribal Action or Strategic Plan for Drug Abuse and Prevention.

Date:               July 27-28th, 2015

 Location:         Wexliem Community Building, Bellingham, WA  

A  block of rooms has been reserved for this event at the Silver Reef Hotel.  If you are interested in securing your space, please call Toll Free (866) 383-0777 and ask for the ATNI Tribal Leaders Guestroom Block.


3-day Government to Government Negotiation Skills Workshop

REGISTER TODAY | August 4-6th, 2015

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 1200
Portland, OR

This is a 3-day skills-based training.  Each day builds upon the last to help you build skills to advocate for your tribe with federal, state, and local governments.
Seating is limited to 35 participants.  Registration priority will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
This registration fee for this training is $395.
For more information about the G2G workshop, please contact Mark Thompson, Training Coordinator, at 916-482-5800 or


Selling Off Apache Holy Land
The New York Times Opinion section

ABOUT an hour east of Phoenix, near a mining town called Superior, men, women and children of the San Carlos Apache tribe have been camped out at a place called Oak Flat for more than three months, protesting the latest assault on their culture.

Three hundred people, mostly Apache, marched 44 miles from tribal headquarters to begin this occupation on Feb. 9. The campground lies at the core of an ancient Apache holy place, where coming-of-age ceremonies, especially for girls, have been performed for many generations, along with traditional acorn gathering. It belongs to the public, under the multiple-use mandate of the Forest Service, and has had special protections since 1955, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower decreed the area closed to mining — which, like cattle grazing, is otherwise common in national forests — because of its cultural and natural value. President Richard M. Nixon’s Interior Department in 1971 renewed this ban.

Despite these protections, in December 2014, Congress promised to hand the title for Oak Flat over to a private, Australian-British mining concern. A fine-print rider trading away the Indian holy land was added at the last minute to the must-pass military spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. By doing this, Congress has handed over a sacred Native American site to a foreign-owned company for what may be the first time in our nation’s history.