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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. 

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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.