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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JUNE 3, 2017

Debra Lekanof, Swinomish Tribe
Steve Sitting Bear, Standing Rock
Steve Robinson, Quinault Nation
Jodi Gariison, Tlingit and Haida


Native Nations Standing together for the Paris Climate Change Agreement
Cannon Ball, ND, Hoquiam, WA, La Conner, WA and Juneau, AK June 3, 2017– Four Native Nations from across North America announced today that they will continue to uphold and support the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Quinault Indian Nation, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska have committed to aggressively address climate change in their respective homelands in response to the US decision to withdraw from the Agreement., Debra Lekanof, Steve Robinson, Steve Sitting Bear, Jodi Garrison


Tribal Energy & Economic Development Summit 2017

July 17-19, 2017

McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

Event Website

Registration check-in will begin on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. and we will host a Welcome Reception with food, beverages, and performances.  

The 2017 ATNI Energy & Economic Development Summit is a two and a half day event in Portland, Oregon for energy industry and economic development leaders. The Summit will include speakers, vendors, and interactive experiences to highlight tribal energy innovation, utility partnerships, entrepreneurship, and economic innovation. The 2017 Summit theme, "From Our Past to Future": considers how we can shape economic infrastructure, emerging industries and technologies. 

Register Online Today->


Changing Currents 2017

The Changing Currents Tribal Water Summit is a 2-day conference for tribal government, community, and partners and in conjunction with ONABEN: Trading At the River Marketplace in the Law School commons. Please join us as we highlight current water policy, current matters, and emerging issues facing this vital resource. 1 meal ticket per registrant



Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:00AM -

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 4:30 PM PDT


William W. Knight Law Center

University of Oregon- School of Law
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1221


Direlle Calica
ATNI Energy Program



SB 557: Clean Energy Jobs bill (Cap, Trade, Invest)

A cap and invest program (CIP) with trading is a flexible, market-based mechanism that reduces pollution at low cost. Regulated businesses must hold permits to pollute (allowances). Allowances are auctioned, raising proceeds, and may be traded between regulated entities. This creates value for reducing climate pollution by allowing business that can reduce pollution the quickest and fastest to sell (aka, trade) allowances to other businesses that need them. Proceeds can be reinvested to further reduce climate pollution, assist industry, create benefits for disproportionately impacted communities, retrain workers, and advance clean economic development.

Bill language:

● The Purpose of the bill is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to promote adaptation and resilience by this state’s communities and economy in the face of climate change.

SB 557 Summary  |  2 pager - Clean Energy Jobs bill


Swinomish Youth Council will be hosting the 2nd Annual Intertribal Youth Suicide Prevention Summit

There was positive feedback from last year’s summit, and we are honored to be hosting this year’s. Not only will those who attend return home with a stronger sense of self, but also with tools to raise further awareness about suicide issues in tribal communities.
All of our communities will benefit in the long term from our youth playing leadership roles.

Space at the summit is limited,so we encourage you to register your group as soon as you are able.
As a reminder, each tribe can register up to 8 youths and one mental health supervisor. If you have more Youth to bring, that is ok too. Just send me an email at and let me know asap.

We invite you to register and find more details here<
Point of Contact:
Debra Lekanof
Office of the Chairman
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community


Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians UN Submission on the local communities and indigenous peoples knowledge Platform


The Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians (ATNI) prepared a submission to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) 21 Paris Agreement on the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples' Platform.  The Conference of Parties (COP) 21 agreed to adopt an incremental approach to developing the local communities and indigenous peoples platform, referred to in decision 1/CP.21 paragraph 135, with a view to ensuring its effective operationalization and issued a “Call for Submissions on the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples' Platform” on the purpose, content and structure of the platform by March 31, 2017. We are hopeful this Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform will help promote our Tribal governments interests and concerns regarding climate change impacts on an international level. The

In January 2017, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians adopted a resolution at the 2017 Winter Conference to prepare and submit a multi-tribal platform statement focused on:

  • Tribal Climate Change Policy Principles,
  • Free, Prior and Informed Consent,
  • Ethics for Access and Protection of Traditional Knowledges,
  • Direct representation of tribal governments,
  • Indigenous relations with Nation States,
  • Integration with UN Initiatives and
  • Communications Policies and Programs.


You may find the ATNI submission and letters and resolutions of support here. ATNI thanks Preston Hardison, Tulalip Tribes; Gary Morishima, Quinault Nation; Kathy Lynn, Pacific NW Tribal Climate Project; and Kim Gottshalk, Native American Rights Fund for their work in preparing the ATNI submission and recommendations.

For more information or questions about the ATNI Submission and recommendations regarding the purpose, content and structure of the indigenous peoples platform under  1/CP.21 paragraph 135, please contact Preston Hardison, Tulalip Tribes, 360.716.4641, or Gary S. Morishima, Quinault Nation, 425.214.7405, . Also, please feel free to contact Don Sampson, ATNI Climate Change Project Director if you have any questions at 541 215 2753 or email at


United States Department of the Interior
Northwest Regional Office 
Funding Request(s) for Fiscal Year 2017

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (Bureau) is accepting requests for funding under the Water Management, Planning and Pre-Development (N34) (Water Management) and the Water Rights Negotiation/Litigation (R31) (Water Rights) Programs. These programs are funded with non-recurring appropriations and the funding is awarded on a competitive, discretionary basis for use on water-related projects or for water rights activities. The Bureau is accepting requests for funding in anticipation that funds for these programs will be appropriated in fiscal year 2017. 

We are enclosing a memorandum that provides general direction on preparing and submitting a funding request. Attached to the memorandum is a checklist showing the format to be used in preparing a request and a copy of the 2005 Federal Register Notice that provides detailed instructions for preparing and prioritizing requests. Both documents provide information or instructions on preparing a funding request, so please review them carefully. Each request should be categorized as either a water management project or a water rights project; requests for a specific project should not request funding from both programs.

 You may submit your funding request(s) for fiscal year 2017 to this office. Your request(s) must be post-marked on or beforeSeptember 2, 2016 to allow our staff sufficient time to process and forward them to the Office of Trust Services by the September 15, 2016 deadline. If you have questions or concerns, please contact David Red horse, Natural Resource Officer, at (503) 231-6883

FY2107 RFP Attachment

Upper Columbia United Tribes Workshop: Climate Change Resilience for the Upper Columbia River
Northern Quest Resort, October 25-26, 2016

Please see the attached draft agenda and save the date, plan to attend, and please distribute to any and all that would like to participate.