During the 2017 season, the Spokane Indians Baseball team, together with the Spokane Tribe of Indians and City of Spokane introduced the Redband Rally Campaign in honor of Spokane's signature fish, the native Redband Trout. This campaign is designed to bring awareness to the Redband trout and the Spokane River and rally the community to protect and keep the river clean. The Redband Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss gairdnerii) is a beautiful, unique and important species of fish in the Spokane region, and was one of the first foods of the Spokane Tribe of Indians. To create a visible presence and to honor the native Redband trout, the baseball team introduced a new logo that is featured on apparel, signage, headbands and artwork. We believe that the Redband trout embodies the ideals of our team and its players: hard-fighting, resilient and adaptive under ever-changing circumstances.
The City of Spokane Efforts
The Redband Rally campaign is one of the City of Spokane's educational elements to create awareness about the CSO tanks. The City of Spokane has installed combined sewer overflow (CSO) tanks city wide to reduce the amount of untreated overflow from combined sanitary and storm water that reach the Spokane River. These tanks help collect overflow from storm water and the City's sewer system and directly pump it to the Waste Water Treatment Facility for processing. The City of Spokane is investing millions of dollars on this important infrastructure. Click here for more information about CSO Tanks in Spokane.
Promotion and Education
To promote the campaign in a fun and entertaining way, the Spokane Indians introduced a mascot named Ribby the Redband Trout. Ribby appears each night in the 6th inning (with his little minnow friends) to help rally the team to victory. His mission is to help rally the team to victory and teach people about our river and what we can do to help protect it. Click here to learn more about Ribby the Mascot.
Another promotional element of the campaign is the Redband Headband. The Redband Headband serves three purposes: 1) Creates engagement in a fun and entertaining way as fans of all ages wear the headbands during the game 2) educate fans about the importance of the trout with information on the inside of the headband 3) encourages fans to take action by donating money to protect and preserve the Spokane River.
The Indians have seen the magic of and the Redband Headbands first hand. One example includes the dramatic come from behind victory on the day the campaign was launched. In addition, the Indians amassed an amazing eight walk-off wins during the first year of the Redband Rally, culminating with a ninth-inning victory in the season finale to secure a spot in the postseason.
Additional examples of promotion and education include:
The introduction of the Redband Ale served exclusively at Avista Stadium courtesy of No-Li Brewhouse. A donation from No-Li Brewhouse is made annually to the campaign.
On July 6, the Spokane Park Board renamed Glover Field to Redband Park. The Park Board voted unanimously to rename Glover Field and Peaceful Valley Riverwalk to Redband Park, in honor of the Redband Rainbow Trout that spawn in the area and the Redband Rally campaign.
The Spokane Indians installed an educational marker in the Hall of Fame Plaza to explain the Redband Rally Campaign elements and educate fans.
Indians players do their part to support the campaign by wearing Redband uniforms at select games throughout the summer. These jerseys are auctioned off at the end of each season with proceeds benefiting the Redband Rally Campaign.
Fans can also support the campaign by purchasing Redband Rally merchandise online or at the ballpark, with a portion of each sale being donated to the Redband Rally fund.
To take action and extend the campaign beyond Avista Stadium, the Indians established the Redband Rally Fund with our community partner, the Innovia Foundation. This fund is managed by members from the Spokane River Forum, the Spokane River Keeper, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Spokane Tribal Fisheries Department, Trout Unlimited Spokane Falls Chapter and the Spokane Indians Baseball team.
The fund collects money which is distributed annually towards projects that support the Spokane River. In kind community efforts are also led by the Indians. Examples of these yearly projects include:
In conjunction with Mark Peterson and the 4 News Now Extreme Team, Spokane Indians staff and the Spokane Tribe of Indians rehabilitee the baseball field at Glover Park. This abandoned baseball field project included new dugout benches, infield dirt and overall grooming. Now playable, this field is open to baseball, softball and kickball enthusiasts.
Posted a $1,000 reward for the conviction of the person who illegally killed Redband trout caught in the Spokane River. Pledged $500 to more signs on the Spokane River for Redband habitat/rules/ identity to help prevent further poaching.
Established a $1,000 annual scholarship for local elementary school science teacher to use for a Redband education day on the Spokane River. This money can be used to take students on a field trip to Redband Park and be used for transportation and guest speakers.
The fund made a $5,000 contribution to the Spokane River Forum to establish a sculpture at the entrance to Redband Park in partnership with the City of Spokane's efforts to revitalize the area.
You too can help us protect Spokane's hometown fish by making a tax-deductible donation today. Your gift will be donated to local groups that provide advocacy, education, protection, conservation and restoration of Redband and river habitat. Donations will help support the following organizations: Spokane River Forum, Spokane Riverkeeper, Spokane Tribal Fisheries, Trout Unlimited Spokane Falls and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.