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  • In the Crosshairs
  • In the Crosshairs

    Caught in the middle of Fairchild, a proposed casino and a fight for water, Airway Heights searches for a vision.
  • On the Horizon
  • On the Horizon

    Opponents of a new casino in Airway Heights emerge. Plus, a state Supreme Court judge and April’s ballot.
      Opponents of a new casino in Airway Heights emerge. Plus, a state Supreme Court judge and April’s ballot.
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  • Sapatq’ayn What?
  • Sapatq’ayn What?

    Food, family and horses - all to be discussed at the Native American Film Festival.
      Food, family and horses - all to be discussed at the Native American Film Festival.
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  • Through the Ages
  • Through the Ages

    Summoning the old dances at last weekend's tribal friendship dance.
      Bells on leather straps around ankles. Metal trinkets hung from dresses and pant legs. On one man’s outfit, bullet shells in place of bells. The metallic melodies heat up — clink clink clink — as the dancers’ feet begin to step and stomp.
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  • A History of Protest
  • A History of Protest

    More than 40 years after he helped found the American Indian Movement, Clyde Bellecourt's mission continues.
      Clyde Bellecourt saw that for himself. Bellecourt, 75, helped form the American Indian Movement in Minneapolis in July of 1968. This week, heâeuro;™s making a string of appearances around Spokane and Coeur dâeuro;™Alene to talk about those days when Indians began fighting for respect, only to wind up fighting FBI director J.
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  • Joining Spirits
  • Joining Spirits

    Tribe creates a home for an exhibit that explores the arrival of Jesuits to Coeur d’Alene country.
      On a recent fall morning in a climate-controlled, windowless room, a shoulder-high wooden crate was being carefully opened to reveal four long, covered boxes. The box lids were gently lifted one-by-one to reveal, nested inside, a family of dolls, hand-made by Coeur d’Alene tribal artisans, that have been at the Smithsonian for more than a century.
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  • Rooting Out the Past
  • Rooting Out the Past

    A food coalition fights for healthier foods on the Coeur d'Alene reservation.
      into the Family Foods supermarket in Plummer, Idaho, 34 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, is not unlike stepping into a supermarket anywhere in rural America. A case full of day-glow donuts and thickly frosted cakes grabs the eye the instant a shopper walks through its door.
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  • Buffalo Boys
  • Buffalo Boys

    Think your job is risky? Try dodging bison during mating season.
      Victor Piengkham, 25, is behind the wheel. Wearing a sleeveless white undershirt and a long black ponytail, he bounces the Ford across the cratered field. Lyle Witford, 23, sits with the hay in the back. As the beasts shamble aside to let the truck pass, they’re relatively calm at first.
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  • Booster Gone Sterling
  • Booster Gone Sterling

    Marty Dickinson’s new digs. Plus, McMorris Rodgers takes on Obama and a totem pole goes away.
      “The downtown weathered the economic [crash] better than most,” Dickinson says, crediting, in part, the mix of national and local businesses. Even while business shuddered nationally, she says, additional business — like the Apple Store — came to Spokane.
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  • The Word for Hope
  • The Word for Hope

    Salish-speaking tribes fight to preserve their language.
      "Do you know, this is the largest gathering of Salish-speaking people in a hundred years?” Chris Parkin is standing near the doorway to a large meeting hall at Northern Quest Casino, and his excitement is so contagious that it hits you: The 321...
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  • Case Closed?
  • Case Closed?

    Shonto Pete suffers another setback in his search for justice.
      "Hi, this is Shonto Pete, the guy who got shot in the head …” The voicemail we received last week was blunt. Three years after he was shot in the back of the head while trying to escape a drunk, off-duty cop who was chasing him with a drawn handgun, the courts had failed Shonto Pete.
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  • Salish Grows
  • Salish Grows

    Interior tribes work to save their languages. Plus, a town hall on violence and the legislative deadline.
      Among the legislation that didn’t make last Friday’s cut-off date in Olympia were bills that would have declared English the official language of Washington and legalized the sale of marijuana in state-owned liquor stores. These bills never made it out of committee, and therefore withered away for the year’s session.
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  • Mystery Of The Bones
  • Mystery Of The Bones

    Did a young Sandpoint man die in the Sisters’ Building fire? No one may ever know.
      The tall brick building was built more than a century ago as a boarding school where Indian children from tribes all over the Northwest were sent to learn English and white ways. As such, it was an uneasy historical marker, entwined with personal and tribal histories.
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  • Rez Reform
  • Rez Reform

    Reform brought many changes in America - especially for Native Americans.
      But for Native Americans, it took almost 200 years to secure that same right with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act. Toni Lodge, executive director for the NATIVE Project and NATIVE Health of Spokane, says she’s reminded of this “parallel universe” between Native Americans and every other American when it comes to health care.
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  • A Debt Unpaid
  • A Debt Unpaid

    Why the plight of the Spokane Tribe should be on our minds.
      President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act of 1847, moving over 50,000 Cherokee from their ancestral homelands in parts of North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama to reservation lands in the newly-expanded U.S.
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  • Culture Centers and Tax Shelters
  • Culture Centers and Tax Shelters

    Plans for a cultural center near downtown emerge. Plus, tax breaks for dense development.
      The Bosch Lot, on the corner of Monroe Street and Bridge Avenue in downtown Spokane, is not much more than concrete dividers, gravel and a “Pay Here” sign next to a fee machine. Someday it
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  • Cultural Links
  • Cultural Links

    At Julyamsh, drumming, dancing and regalia help break down cultural barriers.
      Julyamsh Powwow is family-friendly in a cosmic sort of way, beginning with Mother Earth. It involves all ages, from the youngest children to parents to grandparents. It celebrates extended family, too, through art, music, dancing, storytelling and the mingling of voices from myriad age groups and regions.
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  • The Gathering Place
  • The Gathering Place

    Two hundred years ago this summer, white people first settled in Spokane. Things haven't been the same since.
      The time was probably early summer of 1810 when a small group of strangers rode into the Spokane village on the flat point of land at the confluence of the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers.
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  • Indian Country Estates
  • Indian Country Estates

    Changes in HUD policy slowly bring profound change in living conditions on reservations.
      There’s little in the way of jobs or industry at reservations, which are often located out in the boonies. Casino revenue is certainly changing that for some tribes, but life on many reservations continues to be hardscrabble and thus unattractive to lenders.
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  • A Wall for Warriors
  • A Wall for Warriors

    The Coeur d’Alene Tribe builds a memorial; plus, the irst veteran’s cemetery in the region hasn’t opened yet but is already filling up.
      Stensgar is one of the visionaries behind a unique veterans’ memorial wall in Plummer, Idaho, that honors a long line of Indian warriors. The dedication, to be attended by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and the state’s senior U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, begins at 11 am Saturday.
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