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An Indigenous person could be the next Seattle mayor

An Indigenous politician could be the next mayor of a Pacific Northwest city where Native people once were banned from living within the city limits and longhouses were destroyed by arsonists.

Colleen Echohawk, Pawnee, and Casey Sixkiller, Cherokee, are two of 15 candidates for mayor of Seattle, the largest city in Washington and the 18th largest city in the United States with a population of 769,000.

The primary election is Aug. 3. The top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 2 general election. READ more.


Battle over Skagit River dam heads to court

The City of Seattle gets 20 percent of its electricity from three dams built more than 100 miles north of the city limits, on a river that is important to fish, wildlife and Coast Salish cultures.

Three tribal governments say the dams block salmon and steelhead — on which Coast Salish people have depended since time immemorial — from reaching upriver spawning and rearing habitat. The City of Seattle has agreed to study fish passage as part of the relicensing process for the dams, but opposes consideration of dam removal.

The matter is now headed to federal court. READ more.

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Fire near Montana lake destroys homes, triggers evacuations

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire destroyed more than a dozen homes, outbuildings and other structures around northwestern Montana's Flathead Lake after the flames jumped over a state highway, authorities said Sunday.

Evacuations had been ordered by the Finley Point/Yellow Bay Fire Department about 1 a.m. Sunday as winds pushed the fire across Highway 35 north of Polson and toward the lake.

People living in the fire's path safely escaped, and no injuries were reported, said spokesperson C.T. Camel with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes fire division. As many as 20 structures were destroyed, Camel said.

High temperatures had contributed to the fire's overnight expansion across an area of almost two square miles (five square kilometers), Camel said.

"It was 90 degrees at midnight," Camel said. "We still had day-like fire behavior all through the night."

The evacuation order included Finley Point, the Skidoo Lane area and houses along a seven mile stretch of Highway 35 north of Polson. The fire was detected on Saturday morning eight miles east of Polson and is believed to be human-caused.

A chance of heavy rain in the area was forecasted for Sunday.

In southeastern Montana, a fire that began last week in the Poverty Flats area northeast of Hardin grew to 103 square miles. The fire was burning in grass, sage brush and cottonwood trees along the Bighorn River and was about 20 percent contained Sunday.

Authorities believe the blaze was started by a burning coal seam. Underground coal seams can smolder for years if they are ignited by lightning or other causes.

On the Crow Indian Reservation, authorities said a person would be charged with arson in connection with a fire east of Lodge Grass. The fire threatened multiple homes and burned 24 acres of grass and brush and destroyed a shed.


#ICYMI: Pinto horse Warpaint retiring from Chiefs football games

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are retiring Warpaint the horse, president Mark Donovan said Monday at training camp.

Warpaint is a two-time Pinto World Champion who galloped on the field at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium before games and after the Chiefs scored a touchdown.

The pinto horse was originally ridden by a man in full Native American headdress. For years, a cheerleader has ridden Warpaint instead as the Chiefs distance themselves from Native American imagery.

Last season the Chiefs prohibited fans from wearing headdresses or war paint amid a push for more cultural sensitivity, and began pushing for a subtle change to the tomahawk chop celebration amid complaints that it’s racist. Cheerleaders used a closed fist instead of an open palm to signal the beating of a drum. The team typically has a celebrity or other guest of honor beat a large drum before the start of the game.

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