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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

Register Online Today!

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.


July 19, 2016 8:00AM PDT to July 20, 2016 5:00PM PDT

Portland State University Native American Student & Community Center
Multnomah Classroom, Room 170
710 SW Jackson St.
Portland, OR 97201

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in conjunction with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and Bonneville Power Administration, are hosting a training July 19–20 in Portland, Oregon, for Indian tribes on how to use two tools developed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to analyze the economic impacts of renewable energy projects on tribal lands.

The Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) models estimate the number of jobs and other potential economic impacts of constructing and operating a power plant, fuel production facility, or other energy project. The Community Solar Scenario Tool (CSST) provides a first-cut analysis of community or shared solar program options by modeling how variables such as system size, location, and project costs affect the economics of a project from the perspective of potential customers as well as the sponsoring utility.

NREL technical experts will provide hands-on training in the use of these tools for tribal energy project planning. To get the most out of the training, attendees are encouraged to bring available data on a planned or current renewable energy project to input into the models and tool. Helpful data inputs include project size and location; construction, equipment, and annual operating and maintenance costs; financing parameters; and any other known costs. Learn more about the JEDI models and CSST.

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Advance registration is requested to ensure adequate seating. Attendees are responsible for their own travel costs.



Save the Date
FCC Tribal Broadband, Telecom, and Broadcast Training and Consultation Workshop

Bothell, Washington | August 15-17, 2016

In partnership with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP), Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, announces that you should “Save the Date” for an FCC Tribal Broadband, Telecom, and Broadcast Training and Consultation Workshop in Bothell, Washington, August 15-17, 2016.  It will be held at the McMenamins Anderson School (18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011; (425) 398-0122;  This event is aimed at training and assisting Tribal Nations in developing more robust broadband, telecommunications, and broadcast infrastructure to serve Tribal communities.

Registration is free of charge.  To register, please send an email to  For registration information, please contact Carolyn Conyers, Policy Advisor in the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy: or 202-418-2002.

For questions about the program, please contact Sayuri Rajapakse, Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Native Affairs and Policy: or 202-418-2579, or Daniel Margolis, Legal Advisor in the Office of Native Affairs and Policy: or 202-418-1377.


Quinault Joins Suit Re: Genetically Engineered Salmon

TAHOLAH, WA (7/18/16)—The Quinault Indian Nation joined 11 other plaintiffs in filing a suit in US District Court Friday against the US Food and Drug Administration for approving genetically modified salmon, an unnatural animal created by AquaBounty from the genetic material of three fish, Atlantic salmon, Pacific salmon and ocean eel pout. This is the first genetically engineered animal ever approved for sale as food anywhere in the world.
“This is clearly a case of FDA violating its mandate and purpose,” said Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Nation and of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians as well as Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians. “It is FDA’s job to assure that the food and drugs people consume in this country are safe for people and the environment. The agency does not have the expertise to make this decision, and it apparently has little knowledge about the environmental impacts of these new genetically engineered animals.”
The FDA approved the GE salmon under its New-Deal-Era authority of the 1930’s to regulate “animal drugs” such as veterinary medicines.
“That does not qualify them to sanction entirely new man-made animals as food,” said President Sharp.

Genetically engineered salmon that escape containment can harm endangered wild salmon populations by interbreeding or outcompeting for food.  Under FDA’s approval, the GE salmon will undertake a journey halfway around the globe to reach a US dinner plate. The company plans to produce the salmon eggs in a lab in Prince of Edward Island, Canada, transport the eggs to Panama to be raised and processed, and then transport the filets to the US for sale.
AquaBounty has repeatedly said it intends to grow its GE salmon in the US and other locations around the world, but FDA’s approval only considered the current plans for these far-flung facilities in Canada and Panama, leaving the risk of escape and contamination of US and other salmon runs unstudied.

“Although there are obvious risks to our salmon, the Food and Drug Administration surged forward with its approval. The agency didn’t consider treaty rights. It didn’t even involve federal wildlife agencies. It simply did not consider how these man-created animals, engineered to grow twice as big as natural salmon, will affect the fish provided to us by our Creator. All they heard was very flimsy assurance from AquaBounty that their ‘Frankenfish’ would not escape—something that has been disproved many times,” said President Sharp.

In the past decade, GE crops have repeatedly escaped confinement, despite industry and U.S. government assurances that they would not. These escapes have cost U.S. farmers literally billions of dollars in lost markets and sales, to GE-contamination sensitive domestic and export markets. Escape and contamination risks are even greater here, with a highly migratory fish that could threaten some of the last remaining wild salmon on the planet, said President Sharp.
Joining Quinault Nation as plaintiffs in the suit are the Institute for Fisheries Resources, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the Golden Gate Salmon Association, Kennebec Reborn, Friends of Merry Meeting Bay, Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity, Ecology Action Centre, Friends of the Earth, Food and Water Watch and the Center for Food Safety. The groups are represented by the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice.
Also named as defendents are Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Robert M. Califf, M.D., Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

CONTACT:   Steve Robinson    (360) 951-2494


U.S. Army Corps halts Gateway Pacific Terminal Permitting Process

Patricia Graesser, 206-764-3750

SEATTLE - After careful consideration of all the information available to him, Seattle District Commander Col. John Buck has determined the potential impacts to the Lummi Nation's usual and accustomed (U&A) fishing rights from the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal are greater than de minimis. Because the district has determined the effects to the Lummi's rights are more than de minimis and because the Lummi maintain their objections to this proposal, the project cannot be permitted by the Corps.
In 2015 the Seattle District received a request from the Lummi Nation for the Corps to deny a permit requested for the GPT project proposed by Pacific International Holdings, LLC. (PIH). The Lummi cited impacts to their usual and accustomed treaty rights and included affidavits about their fishing practices and statements about potential impacts from the construction and operation of the terminal. 

Full USAC Press Release

Lummi Nation responds to U.S. Army Corps' decision on Gateway Pacific coal terminal
Tribe praises Corps' decision to uphold treaty rights by denying permit
This is a historic victory for treaty rights and the constitution. It is a historic victory for the Lummi Nation and our entire region. We are pleased to see that the Corps has honored the treaty and the constitution by providing a decision that recognizes the terminal's impacts to our fishing rights. This decision is a win for the treaty and protects our sacred site. Our ancient ones at Xwe'chieXen, Cherry Point, will rest protected.

Because of this decision, the water we rely on to feed our families, for our ceremonies and for commercial purposes remains protected. But this is more than a victory for our people; it's a victory for treaty rights.

Full Lummi Nation Press Release


March 24, 2016

PDC Declines to file rulemaking request by AUTO
·       Tribal campaign contributions will not be prohibited

At their March 24, 2016 meeting, the Washington Public Disclosure Commission today denied to file for agency rulemaking a request by AUTO (gasoline station owners) to prohibit campaign contributions by federally recognized Indian tribal governments. The vote was 4-0.

The basic premise expressed by staff and commissioners was that agency action on the request to change the definition of “public office” to include Indian tribal governments and to change the definition of “public funds” to include all receipts by Indian tribal governments was outside the authority of the agency, but rather in the purview of the state legislature who wrote the statutes.

For an analysis of the legal aspects of the decision, please see the staff memo to the Commission.

AUTO’s next step (which remains uncertain) could involve filing suit against the agency, which was threatened by their executive director, Tim Hamilton, during the public testimony period of the meeting. AUTO could also seek changes through the legislature.

Ernie Stebbins
Executive Director
Washington Indian Gaming Association

1110 Capitol Way S. Suite 404
Olympia, WA 98501-2251
Work- 360-352-3248


Tribal Environmental Impacts Roundtable Discussion

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Four Directions, and VH Strategies will be hosting there first "Tribal Environmental Impacts Roundtable Discussion" April 5-6, 2016 at the Hotel/Event Center in Fort Hall, Idaho.  We encourage all Tribal Nations and their Environmental Staff to participate in this roundtable to share their environmental issues impacting their homelands.  For more detail information and registration please visit our website; (