Fifty years ago this week the federal government’s experiment with termination was crushed at the ballot box on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington. Termination was a policy that was designed to end the United State government’s role in Indian affairs. It would have abrogated treaties, eliminated federal funding, and “freed the Indians” from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. And as a bonus, the wealth generated by millions of acres of land and the reward from rich natural resources would be up for grabs. Continue Reading 50 Years Ago, An Election For The Colville Ushered In A New Era For U.S. Tribes
The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that children 12 to 15 years old are now eligible to receive a key COVID-19 vaccine as the agency expanded its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Continue Reading FDA Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For 12-15 Age Group
For the second time in less than a year, Washington’s Corrections Ombuds (OCO) is warning that the state’s prison system needs to do more to prevent inmate suicides. In a 15-page investigation released Monday, the OCO found that two inmates died by suicide in 2020 after prison staff failed to recognize signs of mental distress and didn’t follow suicide prevention policies. Continue Reading Suicide Warning Signs Missed At Washington Prisons, Investigation Finds
Washington has a new law that bans schools from using Native American imagery without a tribe’s consent. The Spokane Tribe says it won’t be endorsing any such proposals. Continue Reading After New State Law, Spokane Tribe Says No To Permission For Native American Mascots
Two competing guns-in-schools bills will not get a hearing in the waning days of Idaho’s 2021 legislative session. They’ve been in the Legislature for months, but the timing ran out following a shooting this week in Rigby, Idaho, where a sixth grade student shot two other students and a school staff member. Continue Reading Idaho Bills Expanding Guns In Schools Stall Following Shooting By 6th Grader In Rigby
Stargazers across the Pacific Northwest were treated to quite a light show in late March when the errant reentry of a spent rocket sent fireballs streaking high overhead. The uncontrolled disintegration of the rocket rained debris onto eastern Washington. While the search for mangled rocket parts goes on, the event also provided a great learning opportunity for researchers that could foreshadow a space junk warning system. Continue Reading Rocket Fireball Over The Northwest Provides Lasting Value Sleuths Tracking Where Space Junk Lands
Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a measure that could lead to killing 90% of the state’s 1,500 wolves in a move that was backed by hunters and the state’s powerful ranching sector but heavily criticized by environmental advocates. Continue Reading Governor Signs Bill Allowing For Killing Of Up To 90% Of Wolves In Idaho
Washington State University graduated its first-ever medical school class during a virtual ceremony Thursday, part of a three-day university-wide festival of commencements. Continue Reading WSU Sends First Medical School Graduates Out Into The World
Easterday Ranches and Easterday Farms has provided beef, potatoes, onions and produce to dinner tables for more than three generations. Now in bankruptcy, many of the family’s key properties will be sold to repay debts. It’s one of the largest sales of prime water-rich agricultural lands in the Columbia Basin in recent history. Continue Reading As Easterday Family Property Is Auctioned, Big-Time Buyers Attracted To Water-Rich Deal
The analysis comes from researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, who looked at excess mortality from March 2020 through May 3, 2021, compared it with what would be expected in a typical non-pandemic year, then adjusted those figures to account for a handful of other pandemic-related factors. Continue Reading New UW Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.
In the middle of this year’s legislative session, the Washington Supreme Court dropped its Blake decision, declaring the law criminalizing drug possession in the state to be unconstitutional. What followed was a sprint by lawmakers to answer the justices’ enormous ruling — a balancing act between conservatives eager to make drug possession a felony again and progressives who wanted to make decriminalization permanent. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Try To Thread The Needle On Drug Possession, To Mixed Reviews
The Upper Columbia United Tribes are working together to prove salmon can be reintroduced – and can survive – in the waters above Grand Coulee. Continue Reading Tribes Team With Northwest Researchers To Show Viability Of Salmon Above Upper Columbia Dams
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