Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation


The popular Suicide Race and Indian encampment will return to the Omak Stampede this August, after the Omak City Council unanimously approved a deal with the Colville Confederated Tribes. The tribes boycotted the Stampede last August, leading to the cancellation of the race and encampment. The Stampede lost money because of a drop in attendance and revenues as a result of the boycott. The agreement would give the Colvilles more voice in planning the Stampede, raise the purse for Suicide Race winners and allow tribal members to park on grassy areas in a park close to the Indian encampment. The Suicide Race is a furious dash by riders on horseback down a steep hillside and across a river. The majority of entrants in most years have been tribal members.