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Agents investigate elaborate Great Lakes fish trafficking operation

Agents investigate elaborate Great Lakes fish trafficking operation

An award-winning Door County business that processes Great Lakes fish products for sale world wide has been caught up in a multistate, two-year undercover investigation into the illegal trafficking of lake trout, lake sturgeon, whitefish and walleye from the upper Great Lakes. Federal court records reveal an operation more typically seen in movies about urban […]

Tribal appeals court upholds 2013 election

Tribal appeals court upholds 2013 election

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) – The chairman of the Chippewa Cree Tribe – who was suspended more than 18 months ago and later re-elected – was sworn in to office Thursday afternoon. The tribal council said it suspended Ken Blatt St. Marks in March 2013 for neglect of his duties and misconduct, but St. Marks said […]

Jury gets Choctaw corruption case

Jury gets Choctaw corruption case

Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers agree there was an atmosphere of corruption within the Choctaw Nation that fostered a pay-for-play relationship between the tribe and building contractors. They part ways, however, when it comes to the role played by Jason Merida in an alleged scheme that defrauded the southeastern Oklahoma tribe of an estimated $7 […]

Anticipation builds for testimony of Choctaw Nation leaders

Anticipation builds for testimony of Choctaw Nation leaders

MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma – A federal judge refused to dismiss criminal charges against a former Choctaw Nation employee on Friday as anticipation grew for the testimony of two tribal leaders who have been drawn into the scandal. Chief Judge James H. Payne denied the motion on the same day the U.S. Attorney’s Office wrapped up its […]

Navajo lawmakers vote to stiffen criminal penalties

Navajo lawmakers vote to stiffen criminal penalties

FLAGSTAFF — Navajo lawmakers voted Thursday to stiffen penalties for crimes on the reservation, more than a decade after the tribe eliminated or reduced penalties for nearly 30 offenses. Navajos who are found guilty of shoplifting, abandoning a child, receiving stolen property, or committing burglary or fraud could face jail time or fines under the […]

Tribe may have broken Wisconsin election law

Tribe may have broken Wisconsin election law

MADISON, Wis. — A spokesman for the state Government Accountability Board says the agency is “aware of” allegations that the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Government may have broken state election law Tuesday by offering to voters free lunch or dinner and tickets to win prizes. The GAB’s Reid Magney referred Wisconsin Reporter to the Sawyer […]

Feds order Tribe to allow union efforts, rehire worker

Feds order Tribe to allow union efforts, rehire worker

Federal regulators have again ruled that the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe cannot ban unionization efforts by casino workers on casino property, and the Tribe has been ordered to rehire a fired worker and notify all employees of their rights to organize labor unions. Last week’s decision by the National Labor Relations Board means the Tribe […]

New indictments unsealed against ex-tribal leader

New indictments unsealed against ex-tribal leader

HELENA — A federal court has unsealed new theft and tax evasion charges against a former chairman of Montana’s Chippewa Cree tribe who already planned to plead guilty to theft and bribery in a previous indictment. Former Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Chairman Bruce Sunchild originally was indicted in June on charges that he took a […]

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