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

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...

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.



ATNI Climate Change Video - Youth Education and Community Outreach Project 2015

Completed by the climate change academy youth of 2016 with Toby Joseph Sr.


CC Culture from Wisdom of the Elders on Vimeo.


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.



For Immediate Release

Re: Standing Rock
ATNI Urges People to Take Action

PORTLAND, OR (10/10/16)—The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indian issued an action alert today urging people throughout the United States to call or message President Barrack Obama to take emergency action to save the clean water of more than 17 million people.
“This is an extremely serious situation,” said Fawn Sharp, President of ATNI. Sharp is also President of the Quinault Indian Nation, the State of Washington and Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians. “There is a reason that more than 3,000 people have been camped on the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota for weeks and months on end, despite being harassed by local authorizes and hired security thugs,” she said.
“The Dakota Access Pipeline has to be stopped, and we are calling on the President to demand that all permits for that pipeline be denied, at least until a full environmental impact statement is completed and proper tribal consultation is conducted,” said President Sharp.
On November 9, 2009, President Obama issued a memorandum in which he stated the following :
  The United States has a unique legal and political relationship with Indian tribal governments, established through and confirmed by the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, executive orders, and judicial decisions. In recognition of that special relationship, pursuant to Executive Order 13175 of November 6, 2000, executive departments and agencies (agencies) are charged with engaging in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have tribal implications, and are responsible for strengthening the government-to-government relationship between the United States and Indian tribes.
“We ask President Obama to stand by his own pronouncement,” said Sharp. “This is a critically important matter,” she said.
She added that the Affiliated Tribes, an organization of 57 Tribes in six Northwest states, is urging all citizens to contact the President as soon as possible, using the following contact information and comments, to support the efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
President Obama: 17 million people are at risk of losing their clean water due to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Please deny all permits for this pipeline and require a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and full tribal consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. Call the White House at 202-456-1111 or send a message to



NW Energy Coalition seeking Energy Efficiency Policy Associate
Full-Time Position
Seattle (preferred) or Olympia
The NW Energy Coalition is an alliance of about 100 environmental, civic, and human service organizations, progressive utilities and clean energy businesses in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. We promote development of energy efficiency and renewable energy, low-income and consumer protection in energy policy decisions, and fish and wildlife restoration on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Energy policy is critical to the Northwest’s economic and environmental health.  Ensuring that individual utilities, state governments and the region pursue clean and affordable energy strategies for meeting the region’s energy needs is a central focus.


The NCAI has a limited number of tribal community sub-grants to support tribal communities in the final stages of Native Vote activities.  Grants in the amount of $2,000, can be used for canvassing, phone banks, driving voters to the polls, poll watching, volunteers conducting, purchasing Native Vote merchandise, non-partisan candidate education, Get Out The Vote rallies, and other Native Vote activities. In order to expedite releasing the funds, please return a completed W-9 form with your application.



For additional information, contact Whitney Sawney at, or call 202-466-7767.

Information about NCAI Native Vote Tribal Community Sub-Grants for 2016
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Native Vote Sub-Grants are open to tribal governments, tribal community organizations, and urban tribal community organizations, and similar other non-profits engaged in Native Vote activities deemed eligible by the NCAI. Individual applicants are not eligible to apply for the Sub-Grants.
Applicants should submit sub-grant request proposals up to maximum value of $2,000 each.
Sub-Grant Applications must include detailed budget line items as per format provided in application.
NCAI may exercise discretion to ensure representation from all geographical areas of the country.
Applications are due to be received at NCAI's office at 1516 P St. NW, Washington DC 20005, until close of business on Thursday, October 27, 2016, or by email addressed to
At the end of the program, the Sub-grantees are required to provide up to a one-page report explaining how the NCAI Sub-Grant enhanced their Native Vote efforts and actively engaged Native voters. Final Programs report as well as Final Expense report giving itemized utilization of Sub-Grant amount are due to be received at NCAI by Wednesday, November 30, by email addressed to
The Sub-Grant recipients are liable to refund unutilized balance amount, if any, to NCAI no later than Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at its office at the above address in Washington DC.
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process on Friday, October 28.


Climate Resilience for the Upper Columbia River Workshop

Northern Quest Resort, October 25, 8:00-4:30 & October 26, 8:30-12:00

Register at: 509-209-2414 or john@ucut-nsn.orgJoin us for two action packed days with some of the top climate change scientists and thought leaders in the region!

Learn about the latest climate science and how climate change is impacting our region
Learn how regional tribes are factoring climate change into important resource decisions

Network with a broad range of professionals from throughout the region to learn more about best practices in managing critical climate change issues

Who should attend? Tribal leaders and staff who wish to learn more about climate change and climate resilience



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