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 Fall Annual Convention 2017

Hosted by The Colville Confederated Tribes 

September 18-21st, 2017 | Register Online Today | PDF Registration Form

ATNI Conventions are where members convene for discussion, presentations and the work of the committees in regard to policy, legislation, and the future of Indian Country in the Northwest.


The Davenport Grand | Spokane, WA | 800.918.9344

Room rates:
99.00 single occupancy
109.00 double
119.00 triple
129.00 quad

2.00 per room, per night: Tourism
8.00 per room, per night: Amenity 


at Indian Canyons Golf Course
Held in conjunction with the 2017 ATNI Annual Convention
September 17, 2017 at 8:00 am | Spokane, Washington
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, in collaboration with the Northwest Indian College Foundation, would like to invite you to join us for a day of golf at the ATNI Annual Golf Scramble, on Sunday, September 17th, at Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane, Washington. The event includes an 18 hole round and reception to follow at the Davenport Hotel, Spokane. Please join us for a fun filled day of golf with your friends and colleagues in support of ATNI and our collective mission.

Register/Sponsor Online Today!



Webinar: Forest Carbon Projects for Tribes – What They Are and How They Can Benefit Tribes
Presented by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program

Date: Tuesday, September 5th 2017 at 11 AM PDT (2 PM ET)

Click here to register for this free webinar

This free webinar will take place on Tuesday, September 5th 2017 from 11 AM to 12:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time and is being hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program. This webinar is the first installment of the Topics in Climate Change Adaptation Planning webinar series being launched by the ITEP Climate Change Program.


Changing Currents 2017

The Changing Currents Tribal Water Summit is a 2-day conference for tribal government, community, and partners and in conjunction with ONABEN: Trading At the River Marketplace in the Law School commons. Please join us as we highlight current water policy, current matters, and emerging issues facing this vital resource. 1 meal ticket per registrant

For more info, please visit


Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:00AM -

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 4:30 PM PDT


William W. Knight Law Center

University of Oregon- School of Law
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1221


Direlle Calica
ATNI Energy Program



Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) Position Announcements

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) is a natural resources management support service organization for 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington headquartered in Olympia, WA.

Deputy Director
Position Announcement

Oversee the overall administrative functions of the organization. Serve as Acting Director in the absence of the Executive Director. Plan, direct and supervise the activities of the Administrative Services Division’s staff including Accounting, Information Systems, Clerical and Human Resources. Facilitate the development and preparation of agenda items for the NWIFC’s Finance & Organization Committee.  Responsible for the annual budget and indirect cost rate preparation. Serves as the primary point of contact for internal operations of the organization. In the absence of the Executive Director, serves as the point of contact for external inquiries regarding NWIFC programs.

Terrestrial Habitat Specialist
Position Announcement

The position will support terrestrial habitat science needs of the coastal tribes including issue identification, analysis and response coordination. The incumbent will focus on current and predicted habitat issues affecting coastal resources. Incumbent will be proficient in the use of geographic information system (GIS) and possess the skills to display and interpret data as requested. The position will conduct field work and participate in forums as required by the coastal tribes to observe, analyze and report on habitat issues including climate change impacts, forest practices, watershed status, invasive species, and coastal and riparian development.

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 
Northwest Enterprise Development Conference | September 5-7, 2017 | Tulalip, WA
Presenting Sponsor: Lummi Nation
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) will host a new, regionally-focused event this September at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Washington state, just north of Seattle. Titled the Northwest Enterprise Development Conference and themed “Power of the Past, Force for the Future,” the conference will have a strong regional focus on the Pacific Northwest economy, especially those industries well-represented in Indian Country. The event will also have a significant focus on youth and young adult entrepreneurship, featuring the YES! summit and the ceremony to honor winners of the 40 under 40 awards. The conference will take place from September 5 -7.
The conference will feature deep dives on business basics, leadership and management, and economic development, with topics such as technology, innovation, marketing, business planning, customer service, and e-commerce. For job seekers, and particularly young adult job seekers and enhance your professional online presence. Conference sessions will focus on the regional economy and issues unique to the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Find additional information at Use discount code ATNINW2017 for a conference discount. 


Washington OneNet (WON)

Tribal Review FirstNet State Plan for Washington

Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

To: State of WA Tribal Leaders, I.T. Directors and Emergency Management Staff

Time: 10:00am – 2pm Includes Hosted Lunch

Location: Puyallup Tribe, Emerald Queen Ballroom, 5580 Pacific HWY E. Fife, WA 98424




Lucy F. Covington Government Center Blessing and Dedication

On behalf of the leadership at the Colville Confederated Tribes we cordially invite you to the Blessing and Dedication of the Lucy F. Covington Government Center.

Thursday, July 06, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
21 Colville Street Nespelem, WA 99155.

Register Online


SB 557: Clean Energy Jobs bill (Cap, Trade, Invest)

A cap and invest program (CIP) with trading is a flexible, market-based mechanism that reduces pollution at low cost. Regulated businesses must hold permits to pollute (allowances). Allowances are auctioned, raising proceeds, and may be traded between regulated entities. This creates value for reducing climate pollution by allowing business that can reduce pollution the quickest and fastest to sell (aka, trade) allowances to other businesses that need them. Proceeds can be reinvested to further reduce climate pollution, assist industry, create benefits for disproportionately impacted communities, retrain workers, and advance clean economic development.

Bill language:

● The Purpose of the bill is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to promote adaptation and resilience by this state’s communities and economy in the face of climate change.

SB 557 Summary  |  2 pager - Clean Energy Jobs bill


Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians UN Submission on the local communities and indigenous peoples knowledge Platform


The Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians (ATNI) prepared a submission to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) 21 Paris Agreement on the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples' Platform.  The Conference of Parties (COP) 21 agreed to adopt an incremental approach to developing the local communities and indigenous peoples platform, referred to in decision 1/CP.21 paragraph 135, with a view to ensuring its effective operationalization and issued a “Call for Submissions on the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples' Platform” on the purpose, content and structure of the platform by March 31, 2017. We are hopeful this Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform will help promote our Tribal governments interests and concerns regarding climate change impacts on an international level. The

In January 2017, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians adopted a resolution at the 2017 Winter Conference to prepare and submit a multi-tribal platform statement focused on:

  • Tribal Climate Change Policy Principles,
  • Free, Prior and Informed Consent,
  • Ethics for Access and Protection of Traditional Knowledges,
  • Direct representation of tribal governments,
  • Indigenous relations with Nation States,
  • Integration with UN Initiatives and
  • Communications Policies and Programs.


You may find the ATNI submission and letters and resolutions of support here. ATNI thanks Preston Hardison, Tulalip Tribes; Gary Morishima, Quinault Nation; Kathy Lynn, Pacific NW Tribal Climate Project; and Kim Gottshalk, Native American Rights Fund for their work in preparing the ATNI submission and recommendations.

For more information or questions about the ATNI Submission and recommendations regarding the purpose, content and structure of the indigenous peoples platform under  1/CP.21 paragraph 135, please contact Preston Hardison, Tulalip Tribes, 360.716.4641, or Gary S. Morishima, Quinault Nation, 425.214.7405, . Also, please feel free to contact Don Sampson, ATNI Climate Change Project Director if you have any questions at 541 215 2753 or email at