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Baseball and Culture: A discussion about Native American imagery in sports

The issue of Native American mascots and imagery in sports was thrust into the headlines again over the summer when the Washington, D.C., NFL team decided to change the name of its team from a dictionary-defined slang term and removed all Native American terms and imagery from its branding.

Solar celebration hosted by Spokane Tribe

Most area residents will remember the Cayuse Mountain Fire that burned upwards of 18,000 acres. That fire, in 2016, was particularly disastrous to the Spokane Tribe. Power was cut to the main administrative buildings as well as the water supply. In addition, 14 tribal homes were destroyed.

100 years ago in Spokane: Man who traded with Spokane Tribe says tribal language should be saved before its too late

A.E. Lewis of Miles, Wash., wrote an article advocating the preservation of the “Spokane tongue,” meaning the Spokane tribal language. He said that death and assimilation was making the tribe a “disappearing race.” Lewis believed that “the Spokane tongue should be preserved as much as possible by applying it to names of towns, mines, parks and other public places, roads, bridges and lakes.”

Book World: The pain, and weirdness, of Alexie’s mother’s life and death

For an author whose work in fiction and poetry is shot through with barely disguised personal elements, it’s, like, weird to get the story in a form that purports to be free of made-up stuff. Weird – but also inventively arranged, wonderfully told and always utterly heartwrenching.

Kalispel Tribe files federal lawsuit to halt Spokane Tribe’s casino

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians has filed a suit in federal court seeking an immediate halt to the construction of the casino being built in Airway Heights by the Spokane Tribe of Indians under the legal argument that the new casino will cause the Kalispels “significant harm.”

Inslee approves Spokane Tribe’s West Plains casino project

Gov. Jay Inslee gave the final approval on Tuesday for the Spokane Tribe’s casino project, clearing the way to a $400 million gaming and retail development on the West Plains. The project has been opposed by downtown business interests as well as Spokane County leaders who have argued that the construction of a large commercial area near Fairchild Air Force Base could make the military base susceptible to closure. But the base never took a formal position on the issue, and supporters of the casino stressed that the project would create well-paying jobs for tribal members and other and boost the local economy.

Officials say Stevens County wildfire is arson

A wildfire that has scorched nearly 100 square miles in Stevens County was started intentionally, the Bureau of Indian Affairs said Friday. “This fire has done a tremendous amount of damage to 18 primary residences, the natural resources and surrounding communities during a very dry summer,” said Marcella Teters, the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ superintendent for the Spokane Indian Reservation, in a statement released jointly by the bureau and the Spokane Tribe of Indians.

Names for plaza next to City Hall narrowed down to three finalists

The man who brought Expo ’74 to town. A doctor who delivered thousands of babies and helped stop a bridge from being built over the lower Spokane Falls. The region’s native language. All of these are candidates for the name of the plaza that opened next to City Hall this spring. The former parking lot is now a geometric, basalt-themed home to various levels of seating and viewpoints of the falls. The plaza, a joint project between the city and Avista, connects Riverfront Park to Huntington Park, which was constructed last year by the utility company when it was celebrating its 125th anniversary.