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Tahlequah, Okla. business owner Melvin Hendrix sits behind the counter in the otherwise empty lobby of Out West Cafe during what would have been the Cherokee National Holiday. 

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

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ELKO, Nev. — The Elko Band Colony, one of the four bands of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, has brought some needed financial stability to its community — even during the pandemic — with the launch of a new business. 

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WASHINGTON – The Trump administration announced Thursday the approval of grants under the National Tribal Broadband Grant (NTBG) program to 23 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and two Navajo Nation communities to study the feasibility of developing or extending broadband services in their areas. 

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NOME, Alaska — In what was hailed as a “historic milestone,” the more than 8,000 shareholders of the Bering Straits Native Corporation once again have control over a strategic Arctic isthmus known as Point Spencer. 

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Here’s a weekly round-up of business briefs from around Indian Country.  

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 Here’s a round-up of business news involving tribes and Native-owned businesses.

Chairman of the Yurok Tribe, Joseph James
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KLAMATH, Calif. — The Yurok Tribe is investing a portion of the money it received from the CARES Act in what it’s describing as a game-changing project to boost broadband connectivity on its reservation in northern California.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Companies owned by a pair of Michigan-based Native American tribes are facing what one tribal executive described as “circular exclusion” from the body that certifies Minority Business Enterprises. 

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A pair of recent business deals are aimed at accelerating projects that promise to bring much-needed high-speed internet infrastructure to rural tribal communities.