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14 June 2021 Tamara Ikenberg
Last summer, the normally swarming ports of Southeast Alaska were stripped of the cruise ships that are an essential part of the state’s economic ecosystem.
Here is a round up of business news briefs from around Indian Country.
BELTSVILLE, Md. — Alaska Native-owned federal contractor ASRC Communications Ltd. will help the Department of Defense improve its cybersecurity operations as part of a new five-year contract.
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has continued its investment in Las Vegas with a deal to acquire the Palms Casino Resort.
TUBA CITY, Ariz. — Native American business incubator Change Labs has reached a new milestone in securing land for its headquarters following four years of searching.

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On May 27, the day that Chickasaw Nation citizen Janie Simms Hipp had a speedy confirmation hearing in front of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee as her nomination to become General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture proceeded, the agency’s new Farm Service Agency Administrator Zach Ducheneaux was looking forward to equitable days to come.
CLARK COUNTY, Nev. — A proposal to add two new facilities to the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians’ growing portfolio of solar energy projects has come one step closer to approval.
LONGMONT, Colo. — Last summer, Oweesta Corp ., the longest standing Native funder of Native-run community development financial institutions in the nation, split from First Nations Development Institute , its parent company for 20 years.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Minnesota arts scene led by people of color just got a $12.6 million investment boon.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has started a new partnership aimed at helping to reverse type 2 diabetes in its people, while simultaneously saving the tribe’s health care system and patients thousands of dollars.
DENVER — Backed by a new grant of more than $1.1 million, the American Indian College Fund plans a pair of new programs at tribal colleges and universities in North Dakota and Montana.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Nisqually Indian Tribe joined with the Nisqually Land Trust to purchase more than 2,200 acres of land in western Washington State, doubling the size of an adjoining community forest.
DURANT, Okla. — An Oklahoma tribe will open the doors on a $75 million cultural center in late July after nearly three years of construction.
OAKHURST, Calif. — Long before the pandemic — for much of the past decade, in fact — the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians in California has been in serious financial trouble.