Nothwest tribes http://kplu.org en Proposed Changes To Tribal Recognition Hold Both Promise And Pitfalls http://kplu.org/post/proposed-changes-tribal-recognition-hold-both-promise-and-pitfalls <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156905396&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs wants to rewrite the rules that determine how a tribe becomes officially recognized in the eyes of the feds. The proposal raises hopes for status and federal benefits among some unrecognized tribes in the West.</p><p>The bid to streamline and simplify the process of tribal recognition encourages leaders of native groups and bands currently frozen out of federal programs. But they have to contend with existing tribes who fear having to share territory, resources or casino customers.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:40:59 +0000 Tom Banse 17517 at http://kplu.org Proposed Changes To Tribal Recognition Hold Both Promise And Pitfalls Seattle City Light Finalizes License on Key Hydroelectric Dam http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-finalizes-license-key-hydroelectric-dam <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle City Light has finalized a new 42-year license on its most productive hydroelectric dam. The agreement wraps up a process seven years in the making.</span></p><p>Boundary Dam sits on the Pend Oreille River in northeastern Washington. It rises to 340 feet tall, spanning a narrow canyon.&nbsp;</p><p>"Oh it's awesome," said City Light's Barbara Greene. "Every time I go there, after 10 years, it's just awesome."</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 04:07:16 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9717 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Light Finalizes License on Key Hydroelectric Dam Climate change is real for Northwest tribes in DC this week http://kplu.org/post/climate-change-real-northwest-tribes-dc-week <p>Extreme weather patterns on the east coast have become <a href="http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2119129,00.html?utm_source=Sightline+Newsletters&amp;utm_campaign=b94c54871d-SightlineDaily&amp;utm_medium=email">evidence for many people lately</a> that global warming is actually happening.</p><p>Here in the Northwest, coastal tribes have been dealing with the realities of <a href="http://nwifc.org/2010/04/retreating-glaciers-adding-to-fish-woes-on-quinault-river/">melting glaciers</a>, rising sea levels and <a href="http://nwifc.org/2010/08/video-presentations-from-nwifc-ocean-acidification-workshop/">ocean acidification</a> for years.</p><p>Many are headed to Washington DC this week for what&rsquo;s being billed as an inaugural <a href="http://www.firststewards.org/">First Stewards symposium</a> on climate change. The<a href="http://nwifc.org/2012/05/climate-change-washington-coastal-tribes-hosting-symposium-blending-indigenous-knowledge-with-western-science/"> idea </a>comes from coastal tribal leaders in this Washington. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 18:25:45 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5594 at http://kplu.org Climate change is real for Northwest tribes in DC this week