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 Fall Annual Convention 2017

Hosted by The Colville Confederated Tribes 

September 18-21st, 2017 | Register Today

ATNI Conventions are where members convene for discussion, presentations and the work of the committees in regard to policy, legislation, and the future of Indian Country in the Northwest.


The Davenport Grand | Spokane, WA | 800.918.9344

Room rates:
99.00 single occupancy
109.00 double
119.00 triple
129.00 quad

2.00 per room, per night: Tourism
8.00 per room, per night: Amenity 



Tribal Energy & Economic Development Summit 2017

July 17-19, 2017

McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon.

Event Website

Registration check-in will begin on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. and we will host a Welcome Reception with food, beverages, and performances.  

The 2017 ATNI Energy & Economic Development Summit is a two and a half day event in Portland, Oregon for energy industry and economic development leaders. The Summit will include speakers, vendors, and interactive experiences to highlight tribal energy innovation, utility partnerships, entrepreneurship, and economic innovation. The 2017 Summit theme, "From Our Past to Future": considers how we can shape economic infrastructure, emerging industries and technologies. 


Changing Currents 2017

The Changing Currents Tribal Water Summit is a 2-day conference for tribal government, community, and partners and in conjunction with ONABEN: Trading At the River Marketplace in the Law School commons. Please join us as we highlight current water policy, current matters, and emerging issues facing this vital resource. 1 meal ticket per registrant

REGISTER ONLINE | For more info, please visit


Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:00AM -

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 4:30 PM PDT


William W. Knight Law Center

University of Oregon- School of Law
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1221


Direlle Calica
ATNI Energy Program



Washington OneNet (WON)

Tribal Review FirstNet State Plan for Washington

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

To: State of WA Tribal Leaders, I.T. Directors and Emergency Management Staff

Time: 10:00am – 2pm Includes Hosted Lunch

Location: Puyallup Tribe, Emerald Queen Ballroom, 5580 Pacific HWY E. Fife, WA 98424




Lucy F. Covington Government Center Blessing and Dedication

On behalf of the leadership at the Colville Confederated Tribes we cordially invite you to the Blessing and Dedication of the Lucy F. Covington Government Center.

Thursday, July 06, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
21 Colville Street Nespelem, WA 99155.

Register Online


SB 557: Clean Energy Jobs bill (Cap, Trade, Invest)

A cap and invest program (CIP) with trading is a flexible, market-based mechanism that reduces pollution at low cost. Regulated businesses must hold permits to pollute (allowances). Allowances are auctioned, raising proceeds, and may be traded between regulated entities. This creates value for reducing climate pollution by allowing business that can reduce pollution the quickest and fastest to sell (aka, trade) allowances to other businesses that need them. Proceeds can be reinvested to further reduce climate pollution, assist industry, create benefits for disproportionately impacted communities, retrain workers, and advance clean economic development.

Bill language:

● The Purpose of the bill is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to promote adaptation and resilience by this state’s communities and economy in the face of climate change.

SB 557 Summary  |  2 pager - Clean Energy Jobs bill


Swinomish Youth Council will be hosting the 2nd Annual Intertribal Youth Suicide Prevention Summit

There was positive feedback from last year’s summit, and we are honored to be hosting this year’s. Not only will those who attend return home with a stronger sense of self, but also with tools to raise further awareness about suicide issues in tribal communities.
All of our communities will benefit in the long term from our youth playing leadership roles.

Space at the summit is limited,so we encourage you to register your group as soon as you are able.
As a reminder, each tribe can register up to 8 youths and one mental health supervisor. If you have more Youth to bring, that is ok too. Just send me an email at and let me know asap.

We invite you to register and find more details here<
Point of Contact:
Debra Lekanof
Office of the Chairman
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community


Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians UN Submission on the local communities and indigenous peoples knowledge Platform


The Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians (ATNI) prepared a submission to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) 21 Paris Agreement on the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples' Platform.  The Conference of Parties (COP) 21 agreed to adopt an incremental approach to developing the local communities and indigenous peoples platform, referred to in decision 1/CP.21 paragraph 135, with a view to ensuring its effective operationalization and issued a “Call for Submissions on the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples' Platform” on the purpose, content and structure of the platform by March 31, 2017. We are hopeful this Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform will help promote our Tribal governments interests and concerns regarding climate change impacts on an international level. The

In January 2017, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians adopted a resolution at the 2017 Winter Conference to prepare and submit a multi-tribal platform statement focused on:

  • Tribal Climate Change Policy Principles,
  • Free, Prior and Informed Consent,
  • Ethics for Access and Protection of Traditional Knowledges,
  • Direct representation of tribal governments,
  • Indigenous relations with Nation States,
  • Integration with UN Initiatives and
  • Communications Policies and Programs.


You may find the ATNI submission and letters and resolutions of support here. ATNI thanks Preston Hardison, Tulalip Tribes; Gary Morishima, Quinault Nation; Kathy Lynn, Pacific NW Tribal Climate Project; and Kim Gottshalk, Native American Rights Fund for their work in preparing the ATNI submission and recommendations.

For more information or questions about the ATNI Submission and recommendations regarding the purpose, content and structure of the indigenous peoples platform under  1/CP.21 paragraph 135, please contact Preston Hardison, Tulalip Tribes, 360.716.4641, or Gary S. Morishima, Quinault Nation, 425.214.7405, . Also, please feel free to contact Don Sampson, ATNI Climate Change Project Director if you have any questions at 541 215 2753 or email at

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.