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 Winter Convention 2016

February 1-4, 2016

Hosted by: The Suquamish Tribe, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, & Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe 

at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort

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

Winter 2016 Agenda-at-a-Glance

Please visit our event page for more information!


Native American Economic Sovereignty Initiative (NAESI) Fellowship Model - Review and Feedback requested!
A Partnership Between ATNI-EDC & EcoTrust

ATNI-EDC and Ecotrust are partnering on the Native American Economic Sovereignty Initiative (NAESI) Feasibility Study. To date, the project team has gathered information from ATNI member tribes and reviewed fellowship models. That information has been used to develop the Draft NAESI Fellowship Model.

 The Draft NAESI Fellowship Model is designed to promote economic development in YOUR tribe by building skills and capacity necessary to break into – or improve performance in – a sector identified by your tribe.

Under the Draft NAESI Fellowship Model, a cohort of native professionals will gain the necessary tools, expertise, and relationships they will need in order to develop and implement tribally-prioritized economic development projects. This transfer of knowledge and skills is intended to give the Tribe a running start at its new venture.

THE Draft NAESI Fellowship MODEL

The project team will report findings at the ATNI Winter Convention in Suquamish.

Thank you for your time. If you have any questions, please call or email Amber Schulz-Oliver at, or (503) 467-0779.


Yakama Seeks Tribal Leaders help to Return the Ancient one ( Kennwick Man) Home
Nov. 5, 2015 

Dear Tribal Leaders, 

Enclosed is a letter from Yakama Nation Chairman JoDe Goudy asking all of us to contact our Senators and Representatives to support S. 1979, legislation introduced by Senator Patty Murray that will direct the Army Corps of Engineers to repatriate the Ancient One (AKA Kennwick Man) to the Yakama, the Nez Perce, the Colville, the Umatilla and the Wanapum so that he may be reburied in the traditional and customary way of those tribes.

It is important that we get our letters in this week while we are taking action items to White House Tribal Nations Conference. Now is our time for an opportunity to make a difference in the next 3 to 6 months, and let's being our Congressional partners into fight to push the Administration to do the right thing.  Bring our Ancestor home.

For 20 years the remains of this 9,000 year old relative have been poked and prodded by scientists at a museum in Seattle.  Recent DNA evidence has shown what the tribes of the Northwest have always know, he is a Native American and should be respected accordingly. Please review and reach out to your Senators and Representatives.

If you have further questions please contact Chairman Goudy at;

Tribal Leader Letter from Chairman Goudy of Yakama


Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC): E Rate Training


Tribal Training is designed to ensure that applicants on Tribal lands are aware of and able to participate successfully in the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program. Our goal is to reduce the digital divide and promote high-speed broadband connectivity to Tribal schools and libraries.
The Tribal Liaison for the E-rate Program is a member of the Schools and Libraries staff dedicated to helping applicants from schools and libraries on Tribal lands. The liaison is available to support applicants as they navigate the program, help solve and prevent funding issues, answer questions, and much more.

2015 Tribal Applicant Trainings
This fall, join USAC for an E-rate Program training specifically designed for Tribal schools and libraries. The day will include an overview of the application process, tips for success, a demonstration of the new online application system, and information about specialized resources. You will also have the opportunity to hear other Tribal applicants talk about their experiences in the program as well as speak one-on-one with the E-rate Program Tribal Liaison. Registration is complimentary.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Portland, OR
Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront

Register early, as space is limited. These sessions are specific to Tribal schools and libraries. The Tribal training agenda will be the same in each city, so please register for only one training date. Feel free to share this opportunity with fellow Tribal schools and libraries who may be interested in attending the training.
To register contact the Tribal Liaison, Mackenzie Howard, at


On behalf of Chinook Winds Casino Resort we would like to invite you to join us as we host this year’s Rez Kitchen Tour. The event is being held in our Convention Center and scheduled for November 20 & 21, 2015. We are excited to be hosting such an event and hope you can make the trip over to compete in our Chopped Style Cooking Competition, People’s Choice, and the Northwest Casino Chef Competition highlighting indigenous ingredients.

We are continuing to build tribal involvement and this event is open to our NW tribal casino peers.  Feel free to share this with tribal F&B departments in NW Indian country.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Please email me or Kristi lane our Entertainment Manager by November 1st.