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Prosecutors, Onondaga Nation talking about tribe’s lack of cigarette-making license, refusal to pay tax

Prosecutors, Onondaga Nation talking about tribe’s lack of cigarette-making license, refusal to pay tax

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The U.S. Attorney’s Office last year prosecuted two people for running a large cigarette-making business on a Native American reservation in Northern New York without…

Potawatami seeks permit to manage their own water quality

Potawatami seeks permit to manage their own water quality

CRANDON, Wis. (WXPR) – The Forest County Potawatomi Community is taking a step towards controlling water quality on its reservation. The tribe has applied to the EPA for treatment…

Quinault Nation to reopen Lake Quinault – Washington Times

Quinault Nation to reopen Lake Quinault – Washington Times

TAHOLAH, Wash. (AP) – The president of the Quinault Indian Nation says the tribe has decided to reopen Lake Quinault to nontribal use under new regulations. The tribe…

Fort Sill Apache Tribe deserves say in New Mexico

Fort Sill Apache Tribe deserves say in New Mexico

Jeff Haozous, the chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, says his people deserve a seat at the table in New Mexico: As chairman of the Fort Sill…

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal chairman answers water-rights allegations

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal chairman answers water-rights allegations

Recent stories about a Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes-U.S. District Court water lawsuit contained several inaccuracies. The lawsuit is asking the federal court to apply established federal law…

Marijuana raises issue of tribal authority

Marijuana raises issue of tribal authority

A Washington Indian tribe is considering a foray into the marijuana business, but federal policy might stand in the way. The Suquamish Tribe has broached the subject with…

Tribal, Shawnee officials meet; tax flap continues

Tribal, Shawnee officials meet; tax flap continues

SHAWNEE, Okla. – Municipal and tribal officials met March 24 to discuss the sales tax revenues generated by tribally-owned businesses, but two vastly different stories about that meeting’s…

Cherokee Nation AG Hembree concerned with potential tribal sovereignty threats

Cherokee Nation AG Hembree concerned with potential tribal sovereignty threats

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree told Tribal Councilors at the Feb. 27 Rules Committee meeting that two issues within the state could pose threats…

Grand Ronde Tribal Council Will Decide Disenrollment Cases

Grand Ronde Tribal Council Will Decide Disenrollment Cases

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde has moved another step closer to the possible disenrollment of an entire family that traces its lineage back to one of the…

Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Suit against Alaska Assn. of Village Presidents on Immunity Grounds

Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Suit against Alaska Assn. of Village Presidents on Immunity Grounds

Here are the materials in Eaglesun Systems Products Inc. v. Association of Village Council Presidents (N.D. Okla.): 22 Motion to Dismiss 25 Opposition 33 Reply 41 DCT Order…

Indian Gaming

Barstow Casino Development Takes a Giant Step Forward

Barstow Casino Development Takes a Giant Step Forward

(Barstow, CA) – The Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians and the City…

Jayne: State gambling with county’s well-being in casino plan

Jayne: State gambling with county’s well-being in casino plan

I was sad. I was sullen. I was morose and gloomy and glum. Why, you…

Aquinnah tribe buoyed by gaming ruling

Aquinnah tribe buoyed by gaming ruling

A federal court ruling that favored an Alabama tribe could boost the case for the…

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe’s Casino funds to local governments suspended

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe’s Casino funds to local governments suspended

Quarterly distributions under the state compact between the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and state of Louisiana have…

Cherokee Nation adding hotel to its Roland Casino near Arkansas – Tulsa World

Cherokee Nation adding hotel to its Roland Casino near Arkansas – Tulsa World

ROLAND — The Cherokee Nation revealed plans Thursday to overhaul the tribe’s first gaming property…

Cherokee Nation to build new east Oklahoma casino near Arkansas border – Tulsa World

Cherokee Nation to build new east Oklahoma casino near Arkansas border – Tulsa World

ROLAND — A casino in eastern Oklahoma operated by Cherokee Nation Businesses will be replaced…

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Attorney: $7M in refund claims submitted to county

Attorney: $7M in refund claims submitted to county

The amount of Riverside County tax refund claims from Indian land leaseholders in the Coachella Valley now tops $7 million, a taxpayers’ attorney said. With the help of…

Land Grab Cheats North Dakota Tribes Out of $1 Billion, Suits Allege

Land Grab Cheats North Dakota Tribes Out of $1 Billion, Suits Allege

Native Americans on an oil-rich North Dakota reservation have been cheated out of more than $1 billion by schemes to buy drilling rights for lowball prices, a flurry…

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win appeal against phosphate plant

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win appeal against phosphate plant

FORT HALL, Idaho – A three-judge appellate court panel has ruled the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have civil jurisdiction over the FMC Corporation, according to a new release from the…

Indian Gaming

Poarch Band of Cree tribe: We meet same criteria as Seminoles in Florida gaming

Poarch Band of Cree tribe: We meet same criteria as Seminoles in Florida gaming

The recently published editorial by The Tampa Tribune “Squeezed by the gaming vice” (Our Views, April 10) attempts to make a…

Energy News

LeChee Electrification Project Brings Power to 63 Families on Navajo Nation

LeChee Electrification Project Brings Power to 63 Families on Navajo Nation

LE CHEE, ARIZONA – Alvin and Margie Tso have lived here among the ancient, cross-bedded sandstone with their livestock since 1954 when Mr. Tso returned home from the…

Editorials

State sues Aquinnah tribe over its island casino

State sues Aquinnah tribe over its island casino

Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration has filed suit against the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to block a Martha’s Vineyard casino. The suit filed Monday with the…

Indian Gaming

In Our View: Cowlitz Tribe’s Casino Lacks Justification

In Our View: Cowlitz Tribe’s Casino Lacks Justification

Despite a tentative new agreement that spells out details for a proposed Cowlitz tribal casino in Clark County, the justification for such a facility continues to ring…

Legal News

Judge’s ruling favors Alabama Creek casinos

Judge’s ruling favors Alabama Creek casinos

A U.S. District Court judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the State of Alabama challenging the rights of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to…