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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. 

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NEW TOWN, N.D. — The owner of a South Dakota company has filed a civil complaint in federal court accusing the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation and a former councilman of racketeering and fraud. 

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BRIMLEY, Mich. — A tribe in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is challenging a state permit allowing Enbridge Energy to build a tunnel for the Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac that separates Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. 

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A multigenerational battle for trust funds owed to the descendants of the Pembina Band of Chippewa Indians is nearing a close some 30 years after it began.

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PETERSBURG, Alaska — A municipality in Southeast Alaska on March 12 heard public comments on federal legislation that would allow five landless tribes in the area to form a corporation and be granted acreage within the Tongass National Forest.

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Nevada-based Tribal Cannabis Consultants has helped five Native American tribes in the state to enter the cannabis industry.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — After the Maine Legislature denied the 81-member Kineo Tribe of Malecite Indians’ bid for state recognition, the tribe now says that it will pursue federally recognized status instead.