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 63rd Fall Annual Convention 2016

September 26th-29th, 2016

Hosted by: The The Tulalip Tribes at the Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, Washington

Agenda at-a-Glance | Convention Agenda

Register Online Today! | Download Registration Form

Tulalip Resort Casino | (360) 716-6000

For questions, please call ATNI Office (503) 249-5770

*Increased Registration Fees for Fall Annual 2016. We are strategically planning to solidify our financial foundation with the goal of raising staffing levels and, in turn, the services provided to our member Tribes, elevate our organizational structure model toward self-sustaining capacity and a decreased reliance on cyclical funding. In line with those efforts we have increased registration fees for the ATNI conventions. For more information, please read the full letter from Fawn Sharp, ATNI President.


Please see our event page for more information...

Tribal Governance and Climate Change 2016
THE TULALIP TRIBES and ATNI present the 2nd Annual Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change
Leaning into Our Resilience: Adapting Our Way
Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa, 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale, WA 98248
September 14-15, 2016 ~ 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Meeting attendees include tribal leadership and staff from the greater ATNI region as well as federal agency representatives, intertribal and intergovernmental organizations.  Please don’t miss this important gathering.  Register today for “Leaning into Our Resilience and Adapting Our Way” at the link below:

The Tulalip Tribes and ATNI are proud to have help in organizing this event from the following partners: PNW Tribal Climate Change Network, NW Indian Fisheries Commission, Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission, United Southern and Eastern Tribes, UW Urban Ecology Research Laboratory, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, UW Climate Impacts Group, NOAA, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, US Dept. of Interior NPLCC, EPA, BIA, and the many tribes, organizations and agencies working on climate issues.

Questions: Please call Sono Hashisaki (206) 300-5058  or email:




Position Announcement
ATNI Natural Resources Policy Coordinator

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) currently has an opening for an Natural Resources Policy Coordinator, and, we are seeking qualified candidates for this key role. Below, are details about the position.

The Natural Resources Policy Coordinator candidates will have strong experience in environmental policy or natural resource management, an excellent understanding of Indian history and legal rights, as well as environmental policy.
Position Title: Natural Resources Policy Coordinator
Type: Permanent Full-time
Classification: Technical
Salary: $48,000-55,000 Annual (D.O.E.)
Location: ATNI Spokane Office

The Policy Coordinator is responsible for close coordination with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) Natural Resources/Lands Committee Chairperson(s) and the ATNI Executive Director in developing NR/Land Committee agenda for each ATNI convention.  The Policy Coordinator will also assist in the analysis and development of natural resource policy and strategy,  meeting facilitation, recording committee meeting minutes, distribution to member tribes, conducting meeting follow-up actions, coordinating with other ATNI committee chairs, and reporting activities to increase the effectiveness of the NR/Land Committee.

See Full Position Description


2016 ATNI Convention Survey

In efforts to better serve our membership, we are considering possible format and location changes to our conventions, specifically, the Winter convention. Your feedback will assist us in determining the direction we may take.

In addition, ATNI recently updated its policies allowing us to schedule the conventions well in advance, resulting in the opportunity to provide a convention schedule a few years out and the opportunity to negotiate long term contracts with venues. The following survey will inform potential format changes and venue locations for the ATNI conventions in 2017 and beyond.

Please assist us with your feedback. The survey should take about 5 minutes.



Alaskan village votes to relocate over global warming
By Steve Visser and John Newsome, CNN
Updated 9:01 AM ET, Thu August 18, 2016

(CNN)The Alaskan village of Shishmaref voted this week to surrender to global warming and move its ancestral home.

The Tuesday vote was close. Eighty-nine people voted to move Shishmaref to the Alaska mainland while 78 voted to stay and fight the rising tide, said Donna Barr, secretary of the Shishmaref Council.
Nearly all the 169 registered voters showed up to the village meeting to vote, she said. The vote was important, perhaps more in symbolism than substance, because while the move isn't imminent, when it happens, both the financial and emotional cost will be great.
Their people have been there a long time. And leaving means giving up a way of life.

Read the full article:





Seeking Indian Trust Resources Contractor

The Tribal Trust Resources Contractor has the primary responsibility for carrying out fiduciary responsibilities identified in the Self-Governance Compact between the United States and the Kootenai Tribe related to the Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Real Estate Services. Tasks include protecting the trust resources of the Kootenai Tribe, its citizens, and non-Kootenai Indians with interests in trust resources on the Kootenai Indian Reservation.

Location: Kootenai Indian Reservation, Bonners Ferry, ID

Independent Contractor - estimated 20-25 hours per week

Compensation – lump sum, invoiced monthly, plus reasonable expenses

Office Provided at the Kootenai Tribal Complex

Indian Preference Applies

Experience with Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribal Realty Programs necessary

See full Announcement for more Information


 2016 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum

The 2016 Tribal Lands and Environment Forum is just a few weeks away. There are a few deadlines coming up very soon we want to stress:


  • The last day you can register online for the 2016 TLEF is Wednesday, August 3! After this date you will have to register onsite and pay the $125 registration fee then.
  • The last day you can make reservations at the Mohegan Sun at the special TLEF rate is also Wednesday, August 3. After that date the Mohegan Sun will revert back to their normal lodging rates for anyone making a reservation.
  • If you have registered, and indicated you would be mailing a check, please do so as soon as possible. And keep in mind that the early bird registration rate has passed and the registration fee is now $125.

If you have not registered yet, or made your hotel reservation, please visit our website at We have also just put up the full TLEF booklet in pdf form if you would like to see all that will be on offer. While many of our special trainings and field trips have filled up, there is still room available in many of them. Attached you will find two flyers detailing two special opportunities for those working in tribal water programs. Please visit our website to see the other special trainings on offer, such as a unique training on Superfund Radiation Risk Assessment being conducted by staff from the Oak Ridge National Lab as well as USEPA.



Interior Department will host a series of consultations and listening sessions about H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act

The Obama administration is moving forward with talks about a new trust reform law that's widely supported in Indian Country.
Starting this month, the Interior Department will host a series of consultations and listening sessions about H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act. The meetings run through mid-September so the process is moving quickly as the administration draws to a close.
"We look forward to your input on our plans for implementing this historic act," Deputy Secretary Michael Connor, the second-in-command at Interior, wrote in a July 13 letter to tribes.
Tribes lobbied for the new law because it could lead to the dismantling of the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians. They are hoping that the agency's functions -- along with its budget and personnel -- will be returned to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Another provision calls for the creation of the Under Secretary for Indian Affairs at the department. But nothing will happen overnight and it will be up to the next administration to determine how to fully implement the new law.
Additional details about the outreach effort was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday.

The schedule follows:
• August 17 - Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Airport Drive, Green Bay, Wisconsin
• August 22 -  Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel, 2910 Yale Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico
• August 26 - Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota
• August 29 - Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue, North Auditorium, Seattle, Washington
• August 31 - Billings Hotel and Convention Center, 1223 Mullowney Lane, Billings, Montana
• September 7 - Osage Event Center, 951 West 36th St. N., Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
• September 9 - Convention Center at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, 1201 Northwest Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota
• September 12 - Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, California
• September 19 - Teleconference
Federal Register Notices:
Tribal Consultation and Listening Sessions on Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (August 3, 2016)
Tribal Consultation and Listening Sessions on Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (July 20, 2016)


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