Ancestral Homelands

For time immemorial, the Spokane Tribe of Indians have inhabited, protected and respected our ancestral homelands of approximately three million acres. Originally, we lived along the Spokane River in three bands known as the Upper, Middle and Lower Spokane Indians. Members hunted, fished, and collected roots and berries to feed their families throughout the seasons. For many generations, Spokane Tribal families relied on the river waterways for nourishment, medicinal and spiritual purposes, with the grand Spokane Falls a gathering place for many Spokane Tribal Ancestors. Now the Spokane Tribe shares this gathering place--and the name of our Tribe itself--with modern, thriving Spokane County and the City of Spokane. Welcome to our ancestral homelands.

Construction is Underway

Construction of the Spokane Tribe’s new casino on the West Plains of Spokane County is underway following the November 9, 2016 groundbreaking ceremony. Tribal elders spoke of the historical significance of the property as new...

STEP FAQs

When did construction begin?Construction began in November 2016 with Phase One of the STEP mixed-use development on the Spokane Tribe of Indians’ ancestral lands on the West Plains of Spokane County. The Spokane Tribe Economic Project...

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Historic Signing

A historic agreement was signed today (11/2/16) between the Spokane Tribe and the Spokane Building Trades Unions. This relationship began in 2011 with the construction at Garry Park of a monument honoring Chief Spokan Garry and the...

What is STEP?

STEP is a proposed mixed-use development on the Spokane Tribe of Indians’ ancestral lands on the West Plains of Spokane County. The development includes phased-in projects consisting of retail and commercial development, a casino, resort...

Tribal History

For time immemorial, the Spokane Tribe of Indians lived on, protected and respected our ancestral homelands of approximately 3 million acres. For many generations, Spokane Tribal families relied on river waterways for nourishment, medicinal...