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WASHINGTON — Some tribes are having problems with an employment-based distribution formula for the American Rescue Plan, saying that if the U.S. Department of the Treasury insists on using its current formula, a number of the poorest tribes will suffer most. 

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Here is a round up of business news from around Indian Country. 

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FLANDREAU, S.D. — The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is uniquely poised to open the first dispensary in the state of South Dakota on July 1, the same day the state Legislature will legalize medical marijuana.  

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WASHINGTON — The White House on the evening of June 29 released a list of tribal and Native American-specific components of the bipartisan infrastructure deal agreed to last week by President Joe Biden and moderate Democratic and Republican senators. 

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A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says Alaska Native Corporations have the right to collect a substantial portion of the funding included in the CARES Act of 2020 has caused angst among some Natives who say the decision calls into question what it means to be a sovereign tribe in America today.

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Here is a round up of business briefs from around Indian Country.

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QUINAULT INDIAN NATION, Wash. — For Fawn Sharp to conduct an interview about gaps in broadband coverage across Indian Country, she has to get in her car. 

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Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young, the dean of the House of Representatives who has long watched over American Indian and Alaska Native issues, is getting riled up.

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WASHINGTON — As billions of dollars from the American Rescue Plan stream through various federal agencies, tribes say that the U.S. Department of Labor, in particular, could be doing a better job of addressing Indian needs related to the funding and beyond.

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Tribal leaders from the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan are celebrating a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an environmental review of the Line 5 pipeline project proposed by Canada-based Enbridge Inc., which will likely delay the development for months.