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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 Mid Year Convention 2016

Agenda at a Glance

May 23rd - 26th, 2016

Hosted by: The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde at the Spirit Mountain Casino, Grand Ronde, Oregon

Please see our Mid Year 2016 Convention page for presentations

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



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.



Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Tribal Court Convictions

            WASHINGTON DC (6/13/2016)-- The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of tribal courts today in United States v. Bryant (US v Bryant, 15-420) and thus confirmed that tribal court misdemeanor convictions made without counsel in domestic violence cases can be used in federal and state court for repeat defenders.
            “We deeply appreciate this confirmation of tribal legal rights and jurisdiction,” said Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation and of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians. “People need to know that tribal governments consider the issue of violence against women or anyone else on our reservations a top priority issue,” she said.

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Washington DC (6/10/16)—Native American tribes are applauding today’s passage of a congressional bill which will advance Native American self-determination, according to President Fawn Sharp of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI). The Senate has passed The Indian Trust Asset Reform Bill, HR 812. It passed the House of Representatives earlier this year. "This piece of legislation is a great example of the advocacy and strength of our regional tribal organization— the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians—and the legacy of strong leadership dedicated and fiercely committed to holding the United States accountable to upholding its trust responsibility." said President Sharp.
“This is the first Indian policy bill to pass this Congress and many tribal leaders are calling it the most significant piece of trust reform legislation to come out of Congress in two decades,” she said. “This bill will enable tribes to exercise more control over their trust assets without first being approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior,” said Sharp. “We urge President Obama to sign this historic legislation without delay,” she said.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, passed the House in February of this year by a voice vote. It was then forwarded to the Senate for consideration where Senator Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, led the charge to ensure its passage.

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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; (