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FORT YATES, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux should have fixed wireless broadband access across its North Dakota reservation by the end of next month. 

That’s according to Standing Rock Telecom General Manager Fred McLaughlin, whose organization tapped Richardson, Texas-based BEC Technologies to install routers to access midband internet across the Standing Rock Reservation.

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

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SpaceX Starlink, an upcoming satellite-beaming internet service, has begun its testing to offer high-speed internet to remote tribal areas in the U.S. where broadband is notoriously spotty, throttled and expensive.

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

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Minnesota-based Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) on Monday bought a stake in a national engineering firm, a move to diversify the tribal economy from its traditional ventures in the gaming and hospitality industries.

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HELENA, Mont. — Conservationist and Aaniiih tribal member Misty Kuhl has taken over as the head of Montana’s Department of Indian Affairs under the new administration of Republican Governor Greg Gianforte.

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

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DOWAGIAC, Mich. — Seven Generations Group, a tribally owned professional services portfolio of companies owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, is rebranding as it launches a new firm and brings another company under its umbrella.

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Sealaska Corp., an Alaska Native corporation that owns and manages the largest timber business in the state on 362,000 acres in Southeast Alaska, said last week it plans to transition out of logging after more than 40 years.

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EVELETH, Minn. — When Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order in 2019 that required all state agencies to add a tribal liaison to their staffs, executives at Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board initially expected to see little change within the organization.