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Sovereignty

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HELENA, Mont. — Montana lawmakers last week introduced a bill that would eliminate a property tax exemption for tribal lands waiting to be put into trust by the federal government.

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Nearly fifteen years of litigation concluded Jan. 11 when the U.S Supreme Court allowed a Ninth Circuit ruling to stand in a case involving a dispute between the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and chemical manufacturer FMC Corporation.

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Federal legislation enacted at the end of 2020 clears up longstanding tribal claims over water rights in Montana and provides the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes with a historic $1.9 billion windfall. 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 8 agreed to hear two cases challenging the Trump administration’s distribution of federal Covid-19 relief funding to include Alaska Native corporations (ANC).

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WEWOKA, Okla. — The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma sees the tax it assessed against oil and gas companies operating on tribal lands as an exercise in sovereignty.

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BAY MILLS, Mich. — The Bay Mills Indian Community says it will no longer pursue an off-reservation casino in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula and is dismissing its lawsuit against the state, noting that pursuing the case would not be an effective use of resources.

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New federal legislation would allow five landless Alaska Native communities to form corporations and receive land entitlements from the federal government. 

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WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced Wednesday that it signed reservation proclamations for two parcels of land for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota under the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA).