Dedicated to Promoting Tribal Self Determination & Sovereignty

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


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 more info!

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


ATNI & Native Youth Leadership Alliance Training
Native Youth Leading Now!

Sunday, May 22nd
10am - 4pm
Adult Education Bldg. 
9615 Grand Ronde Road
Grand Ronde, Oregon 97347

Cultural-based Leadership Training
Middle school/high school native youth welcome!
For more information contact: or or visit

Event Flyer


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


NwONAP ICDBG NOFA Training Announcement- May 18, 2016

The Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) NOFA has been published and the due date is, June 14, 2016. Additional ICDBG resources can be found at the HUD “Codetalk” website
The NwONAP will be presenting ICDBG NOFA training in person and via Live Meeting on May 18th, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, in room 135A of the Seattle Federal Building, 909 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.  Details for accessing the meeting are below, please see note for first time users:

NwONAP NOFA Training, Wednesday, May 18, 2016.  9am-3pm PST.
In-person at:  Seattle Federal Building, 909 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, Room 135A or via Live Meeting at:
Join Here:

Telephone conferencing:
Use the information below to connect:
        Toll-free:            +1 (877) 873-8017
        Participant code:     7326388

Unable to join the meeting? Follow these steps:
  1. Copy this address and paste it into your web browser:
  2. Copy and paste the required information:
        Meeting ID: ICDBGNOFA2016
        Entry Code: J:5Dcw/tP

Please RSVP to If you have questions or need assistance accessing the training, please contact David Boyd, Lead Grants Management Specialist , at (206) 220-6161, or Tom at (206) 220-6204. 


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


U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs


Good Morning Dear Friends, Colleagues and Members of Tribal Communities;

Attached is a VA Dear Tribal Leader Letter that was sent out electronically and hard-copy to all tribal leaders today.
This letter focuses on consultation regarding amending Title 38, Part 14, Code of Federal Regulations, to expressly provide recognition of Tribal organizations so that representatives of the organizations may assist Native American claimants in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of their VA benefit claims.


Please help distribute this letter to your tribal communities so that they will have an opportunity to respond.  Written comments must be submitted within 30-days from the date of the letter (March 3, 2016) to

Thank you to each of you for the work you do in helping Veterans living within Indian Country.

Mrs. Terry R. Bentley
Tribal Government Relations Specialist  | Western Region (OR,WA,ID,NV,CA,AK)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | Office of Government Relations
810 Vermont Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20420


VA Dear Tribal Leader Letter


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; (