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 Events

ATNI Winter Convention 2017

January 23-26th, 2017

Hosted by: The Chehalis Tribe at the Great Wolf Lodge, Centralia, Washington

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

Agenda at a Glance

Overflow Hotel Info: Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel | Phone: (360) 273-2000 | Room Block - ATNI


2017 Presidential Transition Meeting: Strategy, Planning, & Analysis
December 7th & 8th, 2016
Wed. 8:30am-4:30pm & Thurs. 8:30am-1:00pm

Tulalip Resort Casino
10200 Quil Ceda Blvd,
Tulalip, WA 98271

Please RSVP Here

AGENDA (Draft)


USET & ATNI Bi-Coastal Workshop on Climate Change

Oneida Turning Stone Resort Casino Verona, NY

November 9-10

Please See our Climate change page for more information


Fourth National Climate Assessment 

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC), the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), the Upper Snake Rivers Tribes Foundation (USRT), the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) and the Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Network are working together in response to a request for technical input for the 4th National Climate Assessment. These organizations are requesting your response to a questionnaire to gain input on tribal priorities for adaptation, and strategies and initiatives tribes are engaged in to address climate change. This questionnaire is intended for tribal leaders and tribal staff that working on climate change issues on behalf of a tribe or tribal organization. Your responses to this questionnaire will help inform the 4th National Climate Assessment. This questionnaire is designed to solicit technical input on sectoral, regional, and response information and cross-cutting topics will serve as part of the foundation for NCA4. Note: this questionnaire is not intended to be used as statistical or representational analysis of tribal perspectives or actions on climate change. ATNI, NWIFC, CRITFC, USRT and UCUT are requesting only information that tribes submit with their free, prior and informed consent. Tribes should not submit publications or information that is culturally sensitive or should not otherwise be shared in the public domain. The questionnaire is available online: If you have any questions, please contact Don Sampson ( or Kathy Lynn ( Responses are requested by November 28th!

Gathering Input from Tribal Communities to Shape the Next National Climate Assessment


For Immediate Release

Re: Standing Rock
ATNI Urges People to Take Action

PORTLAND, OR (10/10/16)—The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indian issued an action alert today urging people throughout the United States to call or message President Barrack Obama to take emergency action to save the clean water of more than 17 million people.
“This is an extremely serious situation,” said Fawn Sharp, President of ATNI. Sharp is also President of the Quinault Indian Nation, the State of Washington and Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians. “There is a reason that more than 3,000 people have been camped on the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota for weeks and months on end, despite being harassed by local authorizes and hired security thugs,” she said.
“The Dakota Access Pipeline has to be stopped, and we are calling on the President to demand that all permits for that pipeline be denied, at least until a full environmental impact statement is completed and proper tribal consultation is conducted,” said President Sharp.
On November 9, 2009, President Obama issued a memorandum in which he stated the following :
  The United States has a unique legal and political relationship with Indian tribal governments, established through and confirmed by the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, executive orders, and judicial decisions. In recognition of that special relationship, pursuant to Executive Order 13175 of November 6, 2000, executive departments and agencies (agencies) are charged with engaging in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have tribal implications, and are responsible for strengthening the government-to-government relationship between the United States and Indian tribes.
“We ask President Obama to stand by his own pronouncement,” said Sharp. “This is a critically important matter,” she said.
She added that the Affiliated Tribes, an organization of 57 Tribes in six Northwest states, is urging all citizens to contact the President as soon as possible, using the following contact information and comments, to support the efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
President Obama: 17 million people are at risk of losing their clean water due to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Please deny all permits for this pipeline and require a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and full tribal consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. Call the White House at 202-456-1111 or send a message to



The NCAI has a limited number of tribal community sub-grants to support tribal communities in the final stages of Native Vote activities.  Grants in the amount of $2,000, can be used for canvassing, phone banks, driving voters to the polls, poll watching, volunteers conducting, purchasing Native Vote merchandise, non-partisan candidate education, Get Out The Vote rallies, and other Native Vote activities. In order to expedite releasing the funds, please return a completed W-9 form with your application.



For additional information, contact Whitney Sawney at, or call 202-466-7767.

Information about NCAI Native Vote Tribal Community Sub-Grants for 2016
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Native Vote Sub-Grants are open to tribal governments, tribal community organizations, and urban tribal community organizations, and similar other non-profits engaged in Native Vote activities deemed eligible by the NCAI. Individual applicants are not eligible to apply for the Sub-Grants.
Applicants should submit sub-grant request proposals up to maximum value of $2,000 each.
Sub-Grant Applications must include detailed budget line items as per format provided in application.
NCAI may exercise discretion to ensure representation from all geographical areas of the country.
Applications are due to be received at NCAI's office at 1516 P St. NW, Washington DC 20005, until close of business on Thursday, October 27, 2016, or by email addressed to
At the end of the program, the Sub-grantees are required to provide up to a one-page report explaining how the NCAI Sub-Grant enhanced their Native Vote efforts and actively engaged Native voters. Final Programs report as well as Final Expense report giving itemized utilization of Sub-Grant amount are due to be received at NCAI by Wednesday, November 30, by email addressed to
The Sub-Grant recipients are liable to refund unutilized balance amount, if any, to NCAI no later than Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at its office at the above address in Washington DC.
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process on Friday, October 28.


Climate Resilience for the Upper Columbia River Workshop

Northern Quest Resort, October 25, 8:00-4:30 & October 26, 8:30-12:00

Register at: 509-209-2414 or john@ucut-nsn.orgJoin us for two action packed days with some of the top climate change scientists and thought leaders in the region!

Learn about the latest climate science and how climate change is impacting our region
Learn how regional tribes are factoring climate change into important resource decisions

Network with a broad range of professionals from throughout the region to learn more about best practices in managing critical climate change issues

Who should attend? Tribal leaders and staff who wish to learn more about climate change and climate resilience



United States Department of the Interior
Northwest Regional Office 
Funding Request(s) for Fiscal Year 2017

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (Bureau) is accepting requests for funding under the Water Management, Planning and Pre-Development (N34) (Water Management) and the Water Rights Negotiation/Litigation (R31) (Water Rights) Programs. These programs are funded with non-recurring appropriations and the funding is awarded on a competitive, discretionary basis for use on water-related projects or for water rights activities. The Bureau is accepting requests for funding in anticipation that funds for these programs will be appropriated in fiscal year 2017. 

We are enclosing a memorandum that provides general direction on preparing and submitting a funding request. Attached to the memorandum is a checklist showing the format to be used in preparing a request and a copy of the 2005 Federal Register Notice that provides detailed instructions for preparing and prioritizing requests. Both documents provide information or instructions on preparing a funding request, so please review them carefully. Each request should be categorized as either a water management project or a water rights project; requests for a specific project should not request funding from both programs.

 You may submit your funding request(s) for fiscal year 2017 to this office. Your request(s) must be post-marked on or beforeSeptember 2, 2016 to allow our staff sufficient time to process and forward them to the Office of Trust Services by the September 15, 2016 deadline. If you have questions or concerns, please contact David Red horse, Natural Resource Officer, at (503) 231-6883

FY2107 RFP Attachment

Upper Columbia United Tribes Workshop: Climate Change Resilience for the Upper Columbia River
Northern Quest Resort, October 25-26, 2016

Please see the attached draft agenda and save the date, plan to attend, and please distribute to any and all that would like to participate.