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.



Front Page News



September 14-17, 2015

Hosted by: Kalispel Tribe of Indians at Northern Quest Resort & Casino



“Future of Tribal Economic Self-Determination”

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McMenamins Kennedy School – Portland, Oregon


Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe - John Sayles Letter of Endorsement (Carlisle Indian School film) - May 12-2015

In May, noted film director John Sayles and his associates, Maggie Renzi (Producer) and Alejandro Springall (Producer) met with our Tribal staff and Council member Kurt Grinnell to discuss their plans to produce a new independent film, “To Save the Man,” during the summer of 2016. The proposed film is of particular interest to Tribes because it will tell the complex story of the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. They are planning to film the movie on the site of Fort Worden near Port Townsend, Washington. On behalf of our Tribe and Council, we are endorsing this effort and encourage all Tribes to assist John Sayles and his team in any way you are able. please contact Maggie Renzi at

Read the full Letter of Support


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.


Save The Date

Drug Summit
Hosted by:
Lummi Nation
Date TBA - Summer 2015

ATNI would like to invite you to the first annual “Drug Abuse and Prevention Summit 2015.”  This two day event is being held at the Lummi Nations Hosted by Lummi Nation at Wexliem Community Building in Bellingham, WA.  This two day summit will highlight area leadership in drug prevention and rehabilitation, success stories, as well as available funding and services. We 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.

·      To Discuss Regional, National, and International Policy on Tribal Drug Abuse and Prevention.

·      To Discuss needs and Funding Opportunities.

·      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.