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WASHINGTON — The Senate’s small business and entrepreneurship committee approved bipartisan legislation to create a permanent position for the Associate Administrator at the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) within the Small Business Administration (SBA).

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WASHINGTON – The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) has advanced eight pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at addressing a variety of issues in Indian Country, including Native homeownership, tribal self-determination and economic development opportunities for tribes. 

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A Lakota lawyer who fought for Indigenous rights and advocated for tribes has died from undisclosed causes. 

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—A federal judge in Michigan sentenced a Florida man to six-and-a-half years in prison for his role as the leader of a fraudulent scheme that cost the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians more than $1.1 million.

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WASHINGTON—Sinkholes, potholes and washed-out bridges were top of mind for the Tohono O’odham Nation’s vice chair when she spoke to a congressional subcommittee last week. 

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Chicago man will spend two-and-a-half years in prison for his role in a fraudulent economic development scheme that cost the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians more than $1.1 million.

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Robert Allen Rosette, 52, a well-known attorney who represented tribal governments in all aspects of business and Indian law,  died last weekend after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  

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A bill passed Thursday night by the U.S. Senate aims to help improve economic development activities in Indian Country. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bipartisan federal legislation would extend by nine months the deadline for tribes tribes to use Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars. 

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SHINNECOCK NATION — The Shinnecock Indian Nation got a victory in New York state Supreme Court in its fight to keep its electronic billboard, built on a right-of-way along Sunrise Highway on Long Island.