Number of wildfires heats up across Washington State

During last year's Eastern Washington fires, Seattle had the world's worst air quality multiples times last summer because of the smoke. Seattle's haze surpassed that of cities including Beijing and New Delhi.
Jun 19, 2019

Young Native artists break through in the yəhaw̓ Indigenous Teen Art Show

yəhaw̓ and Teens of Tacoma encouraged young people from all over Washington state who identified as indigenous to submit their artwork.
Feb 20, 2019

Native health officials hope for changes to avert future shutdown woes

A federal bill introduced last month could help avoid interruptions to health programs for Native Americans, which got disrupted during the federal shutdown.
Feb 13, 2019

Sunday march puts spotlight on missing and murdered Indigenous women

The gathering starting at Occidental Square Sunday advocated for missing and murdered Indigenous women and for greater protections for Native communities.
Jan 20, 2019

Curating community: Indigenous arts show celebrates the process

From gallery shows, to artist residencies, to pop up markets and workshops, storytelling and shared meals, the many pieces of Yəhaw̓ are coming together to bring local Indigenous arts into focus.
Nov 29, 2018

Puyallup Watershed Initiative connects sense of place, identity in environmental work

In the following interview, PWI acting director Jennifer Chang and community board member Kathryn Mahan talk about the ways that environment and identity coalesce in both their own lives as well as the work they do with PWI.
Jul 3, 2018
Participants in last year’s 4th World Indigenous Media Lab work hands-on with a camera. (Photo Courtesy of Tracy Rector)

Indigenous women filmmakers the focus of 2018 4th World Media Lab

This year is the fourth year of the 4th World Media Lab, which includes training and mentorship for indigenous filmmakers, as well as feature and short films.
May 24, 2018

How the Swinomish Tribe is fighting the battle against heroin addiction

The didgwalic Wellness Center, which opened earlier this year, is part of the Swinomish Tribe's community response to the opioid epidemic.
May 8, 2018

Lummi artist interprets traditions through glass

Dan Friday, of the Lummi Nation, honors the Coast Salish tradition of woven cedar baskets through a very different medium. He makes them in glass.
Apr 4, 2018

Howie Echo-Hawk confronts Native genocide through comedy

Howie Echo-Hawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation, pulls no punches with his stand-up comedy act that tackles the realities of being Native American.
Feb 27, 2018

Seattle’s contribution to Standing Rock: A new twist on the teepee

Seattle "tarpees" are giving Standing Rock camps hope to survive the cold Midwest winter, despite an order from the North Dakota Governor to clear the camps.
Nov 30, 2016

North Dakota Pipeline camp prepares for winter with donations

People from around the country have come to stay at the camp through the winter and many others have donated to help them keep warm and healthy,
Nov 15, 2016
Indigenous DJ trio A Tribe Called Red. (Courtesy photo by Falling Tree Photography)

A Tribe Called Red’s “Electric Pow Wow” comes to Seattle

First Nations DJ trio A Tribe Called Red’s rising star as musicians has put them on the forefront of indigenous activism.
Nov 14, 2016

Photos: Northwest tribes mark Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Author Sherman Alexie addressed a crowd of Pacific Northwest tribe members and other supporters who were gathered at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center on Monday, Seattle’s third annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day. “Look who we have leading this city, powerful brown women! I’m proud to live in a city where these are our representatives,” said Alexie, who is […]
Oct 11, 2016

Photos: Tribes, supporters rally in Seattle for Standing Rock Sioux’s pipeline battle

While construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline has been paused, the Standing Rock Sioux have vowed to press on.
Sep 19, 2016

Native tribes praise pipeline pause, vow to fight on

Pipeline construction has been paused on federally owned land that Native Americans consider sacred. Protesters vow to press for a full halt to the project.
Sep 12, 2016

Lummi Totem Pole Journey honors earth, celebrates Cherry Point victory

About 300 people gathered to offer blessings and to call for environmental advocacy at the Seattle stop for the Lummi Nation Totem Pole Journey.
Aug 26, 2016
Native artist Louie Gong with blankets he designed and will sell at his new store,"Eighth Generation"opening Saturday in the Pike Place Market. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Pike Place Market’s new Native-owned shop promises “stereotype busting”

Louie Gong is opening the only Native-owned shop in the Pike Place Market and challenging a legacy of companies profiting off of "Native-inspired" art.
Aug 25, 2016
Native Education Certificate Program Co-Directors Elizabeth West, left, and Megan Bang, right, lead a group of their students across the Quad at University of Washington, which used to be a Duwamish Village. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

A walk across campus with the UW’s new Native Education Program

The UW's new Native Education Certificate Program is designed to improve the relationships between educators and Native students and families.
Aug 11, 2016

Poetry on Buses returns, with expansion of multilingual outreach

The program will host workshops for Chinese, Ethiopian, Punjabi, Spanish-speaking, African American and Tlingit communities.
Apr 26, 2016