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NEW TOWN, N.D. — On the Three Affiliated Tribes’ Fort Berthold Reservation, alcohol accounts not only for the majority of legal troubles but also for nearly $10 million in treatment costs.

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The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is calling for what is purported to be a first-of-its-kind investigation of treaty rights violations by the United States. The issue at stake pertains to Native Americans affected by the ongoing Line 3 pipeline project in northern Minnesota.

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In October 2020, tribes in Southeast Alaska petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand long-standing tribal consultation rules and aimed to require the agency to consult with them on land use decisions. 

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Winona LaDuke is a Native American woman who twice ran to become vice president of the United States. She secured the first-ever Electoral College vote for the Green Party in 2016. She receives mainstream attention without trying, like when she turned the tables on a New York Times reporter in a recent interview, asking him whether and how often he thinks about Native Americans after he asked her how often white people think of Native Americans. (“I want them to let go of their white privilege and be good humans,” she ended up telling him.)

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WASHINGTON — Despite logical space for public health and safety funding for Oklahoma tribes in at least one of the two infrastructure bills percolating on Capitol Hill, tribal advocates are not pinning their hopes on legislators including the money in those vehicles.

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MENDOTA, Minn. — At the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers in the heart of the Twin Cities exists the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community (MMDTC), a 125-member group who can trace their ancestry in the area back to the mid 1700s.

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WASHINGTON — The Choctaw Nation is bringing complaints about inequitable police and safety funding for Indian territory in Oklahoma to the White House.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s four federally recognized American Indian tribes vow to continue on in their 40-year-long push to offer casino gaming after Gov. Janet Mills vetoed a bill that would have allowed the state’s tribes to flex their sovereign rights guaranteed under federal law. 

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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. 

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Legislation aimed at reinstating sovereignty to Maine’s four federally recognized tribes, collectively known as the Wabanaki Nation, stalled Tuesday for the second consecutive year, despite more than 140 written letters of testimony supporting the bill and only a handful of comments against it.