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  • BIA’s Ugly, 19th-Century Attitudes Toward Native Land Rights November 25, 2014 In his famous 19th century treatise, “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville noted that whereas the Spaniards “pursued the Indians with bloodhounds” and “sacked” the continent “with no more temper or compassion than a city taken by storm . . .” ultimately, “he Spaniards were unable to exterminate the Indian race by those unparalleled atrocities which brand them with indelible shame, nor did they even succeed in wholly depriving it of its rights . . ...
  • MONTANA FSA: Microloan Cap Grows to $50,000 Starting Nov. 7 November 25, 2014 Larger Loan Amount Offers Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Expanded Opportunities BOZEMAN, Mont., Nov. 19, 2014 – Montana Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Bruce Nelson reminds farmers and ranchers that the FSA borrowing limit for microloans increased from $35,000 to $50,000 effective Nov. 7. Microloans offer borrowers simplified lending with less paperwork. Nelson said it makes borrowing from FSA a “first opportunity” to farm or ranch or quickly expand existing operations. “This will help more people because of ...
  • Native Americans move to stop pipeline November 25, 2014 For months, Robin Maguire and David Jones have been scouring fields in southwestern Lancaster County, finding proof of the Native Americans who once called it home. Along the path of a proposed natural gas pipeline, they’ve discovered shards of pottery, stone tools, beads and other artifacts. They’ve registered seven new archaeological sites with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. They’re beginning to wonder if it’s going to make any difference. Last month Williams Partners, the Oklahoma-based company that ...
  • MHA Nation Tribal Head to Speed North Dakota Pipeline Talks November 25, 2014 The new leader of North Dakota’s oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that would curb the wasteful burning of natural gas in the state by more than 10 percent. North Dakota’s booming oil production has led to an unmanageable increase in the state’s output of natural gas, which is a byproduct of oil production. Oneok Inc., the biggest operator of natural gas pipelines and processing plants ...
  • Where Oil and Politics Mix – NYTimes.com November 25, 2014 TIOGA, N.D. — In late June, as black and gold balloons bobbed above black and gold tables with oil-rig centerpieces, the theme song from “Dallas” warmed up the crowd for the “One Million Barrels, One Million Thanks” celebration. North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances. NOV. 22, 2014 The mood was giddy. Halliburton served barbecued crawfish from Louisiana. A commemorative firearms dealer ...
  • The Downside of the North Dakota Oil Boom – NYTimes.com November 25, 2014 WILLISTON, N.D. — In early August 2013, Arlene Skurupey of Blacksburg, Va., got an animated call from the normally taciturn farmer who rents her family land in Billings County, N.D. There had been an accident at the Skurupey 1-9H oil well. “Oh, my gosh, the gold is blowing,” she said he told her. “Bakken gold.” After an unusual land deal, a giant spill and a tanker-train explosion, anxiety began to ripple across the prairie.   NOV. ...
  • Feds: Cowlitz Tribe could get casino land as soon as January November 25, 2014 In a pivotal development in a yearslong fight to build a casino in Clark County, the Cowlitz Tribe was notified Wednesday they’ll receive 152 acres west of La Center in January or within 30 days of a federal court ruling in their favor, whichever comes first. Tribal Chairman William Iyall issued a statement Thursday, saying, “We have pressed on for 12 years in an effort to fully service tribal members with services and programs only available ...
  • Calif. AG sues Santa Ysabel band of Diegueno Mission Indians tribe over online bingo November 25, 2014 SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) - California Attorney General Kamal Harris recently filed a lawsuit against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel for alleged Internet gaming. The suit alleges the tribal nation, better known as Santa Ysabel band of Diegueno Mission Indians, began offering a “facsimile of bingo” to those off of the tribe’s land, which is a violation of the compact the nation signed with the State. According to the lawsuit, the tribe announced it would offer bingo ...
  • Citizen Potawatomi Tribe responds to Oklahoma state complaint November 25, 2014 The Oklahoma Tax Commission believes the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is in violation of tax laws. The tribe, citing a decade-strong compact, is confident the state is undercutting long-standing laws. A complaint filed earlier this year by the OTC’s Compliance Division states CPN is obligated to collect, report and remit sales tax on sales occurring on tribal land to non-tribal members. “A sales tax is ‘excise tax’ levied on the consumer, not the CPN,” the filing reads. “The ...
  • One Chukchansi faction walking out of settlement conferences November 24, 2014 The lawyer for the Reggie Lewis/Nancy Ayala tribal faction is walking out of negotiations aimed at reopening Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino because an opposing group is more concerned about tribal enrollment than the casino. Lawyer Rob Rosette said his group wants to reopen the casino, but the group headed by Morris Reid is concentrating on “its own political agenda relating to tribal enrollment” and the Tex McDonald faction’s standing is based only on its “bad ...
  • Poarch Band of Creek: Will Bentley roll dice for state? November 24, 2014 In a meeting room at the Poarch Creek Indians’ Wind Creek Casino and Resort near Atmore Friday, tribal leaders talked to a group of newspaper editors and publishers about their history and their goals. For decades, the generations of leaders who preceded these two smart young people begged a string of Alabama governors to negotiate a compact that would allow them to build a casino similar to the one they now operate. Such an agreement would ...
  • Crystal Willcuts: Keystone XL Pipeline just makes the rich richer November 24, 2014 Crystal Willcuts disputes the claimed benefits of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline: According to Carbon Tracker Initiative, the State Department’s environmental assessment of the Keystone project is dangerously understating “both economic and environmental exposures.” It also states that any price per barrel “uplift will be eroded by pipeline costs and diluent expenses to around $5.5/barrel, leaving only a few dollars margin to absorb any other factors, including production cost increases, carbon offset costs, and any future ...
  • Washington State Tax Board Declares Chehalis Tribe’s CTGW LLC Exempt from “Removable” Personal Property Taxation | Turtle Talk November 24, 2014 Materials here: BOE Orders 10-14 Brief of Respondent Thurston County Assessor Chehalis Tribe CTGW Opening Brief Chehalis Tribe Motion to Intervene CTGW Chehalis Tribe Brief in Support of Jurisdiction CTGW Chehalis Tribe Opening Statement.pptx CTGW Chehalis Tribe Reply Brief Order Granting Motion to Intervene Stipulated Decision and Order for Parcel 99740331400 via Washington State Tax Board Declares Chehalis Tribe’s CTGW LLC Exempt from “Removable” Personal Property Taxation | Turtle Talk. Share this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Rosebud Leader on Keystone: ‘Test Us – You’ll See an Indian Uprising’ November 24, 2014 It’s not often that you see moments of genuine human drama in the Senate or get a glimpse of the imperial mindset of America’s political elite. This week the world was treated to both. The moment of genuine human drama came just after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced the defeat of a bill that would have launched construction of the controversial $8 billion Keystone XL Pipeline that would carry oil from tar sands in Canada through ...
  • Payday-Loan Fortune Backed by Medley Found Behind Indian Casino November 24, 2014 Joshua Wrenn needed money to make the January payment for his Jeep Cherokee. The truck driver and aspiring country singer in Madison, North Carolina, got $800 within minutes from a website he found on his phone. When he called to check his balance a few weeks later, he was told he had electronically signed a contract to pay back $3,920 to a company owned by an American Indian tribe. “I didn’t ever see a contract, not one ...
  • Native American-Owned Casinos in California Embroiled in Turmoil November 23, 2014 When it comes to controlling California’s flashy Las Vegas-style casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate billions of dollars a year to sustain Native Americans up and down the state. With this backdrop, several tribes in the past two years have fallen into nasty, sometimes violent, power struggles pitting factions and families against one another. The most recent case, involving the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians near Yosemite National ...
  • EPA To Help Seminole Tribe Improve Water Utilities November 23, 2014 MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The federal government will help improve the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s water utilities to help the system cope with the effects of climate change. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week announced that up to $600,000 in training and technical assistance will be provided to the tribe and 17 cities across the country. Ken Kopocis of the EPA’s Office of Water says the agency is helping water utilities plan for and adapt to the challenges ...
  • California’s Pala tribe begins Internet gambling in New Jersey November 23, 2014 ATLANTIC CITY  — California’s Pala Indians became the first tribe to offer Internet gambling in New Jersey on Wednesday. The Pala Band of Mission Indians began a test of their PalaCasino.com site. The tribe’s online gambling arm, Pala Interactive, is partnered with Atlantic City’s Borgata. The company expects a full launch of the site on Monday, once it gets approval from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. It will include more than 90 games and a daily ...
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribe distributes $739,556 during 2 percent distribution November 23, 2014 STANDISH — Local units of government and school districts were granted nearly $740,000 from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe during the tribe’s second 2 percent grant distribution Nov. 20. There have been several grant distributions since the tribe opened the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino, but the Nov. 20 grant distribution was the first of its kind, according to the tribe’s Public Relations Manager Frank Cloutier. “Every educational request in this district that was asked for was granted,” ...
  • Injunction Filed Against Lipay Tribe for Gambling Launch November 23, 2014 California Files Temp Order to Cease Online Gambling by the Iipay Tribe Criminal complaints have been filed by the State of California against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, or otherwise known as Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians for the tribe launching real online gambling services to residents. State authorities wasted no time asking for the charges to be filed, and proposing a temp restraining order for the suspension of the online gambling being ...
  • EPA gives Coeur d’ Alene tribe $165,000 environmental grant November 23, 2014 PLUMMER, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted $165,000 to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to pay for recycling, environmental and energy efficiency programs. Other news outlets report that the tribe has been receiving the federal grant program since 1997. Nationwide, EPA has awarded $31.8 million to the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program this year. Tribe spokeswoman Heather Keen says the funds have been used in the past to write grants for projects for wetlands planning ...
  • Native Americans eye huge South Dakota wind energy project November 22, 2014 FRISCO — Just a few days after responding angrily to the U.S. House vote to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sioux Nation Native American leaders met with the Obama administration to explore renewable energy options. The meeting included representatives from more than eight federal agencies and offices, including representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Treasury, and Tribal Relations. Focusing attention on the Oceti Sakowin Wind Power Project can help show there is an alternative to more ...
  • Mohegan authority ‘refocusing’ future expansion efforts November 22, 2014 Mohegan - Despite recent blows to its expansion efforts, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority wants to keep pursuing projects.”Probably a more controlled way for us to expand is to look at things we can purchase, either ourselves or with partners,” Mitchell Etess, the authority’s chief executive officer, said Thursday following a conference call with financial analysts. “We’re refocusing our resources away from hearings and presentations and into analyzing opportunities. We’re not letting these recent disappointments ...
  • Federal government sues to stop Osage Wind project November 22, 2014 The U.S. government is asking a federal judge to stop construction of a wind project near Pawhuska, where construction is allegedly removing or destroying rocks that belong to the Osage Nation. The U.S. Department of Interior wants a court order to halt construction immediately, and prevent any further construction until the wind farm obtains a permit to remove the rock — a permit that the tribe would likely want to deny. The tribe, which owns all mineral ...
  • Mille Lacs tribe buys hotel in Oklahoma City November 22, 2014 Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures has acquired a 236-room Embassy Suites hotel in Oklahoma City for an undisclosed sum. The deal is the latest business venture for Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe as it continues to diversify beyond gambling and into the hospitality industry. The Embassy Suites hotel is six miles from downtown Oklahoma City and four miles from the Will Rogers World Airport, according to a press release. It has a business center, fitness room, indoor ...
  • Flandreau Santee Tribe sues over tax dispute with South Dakota November 22, 2014 FLANDREAU, S.D. | A long-simmering tax dispute between the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota is threatening to shut down alcohol sales at the Royal River Casino and Hotel in Flandreau. The tribe has refused to pay the state’s use tax since 2009, saying its status as a sovereign nation exempts its patrons from state taxation. The state has refused to renew the casino’s licenses unless the tribe pays. The tribe has now ...
  • Agents investigate elaborate Great Lakes fish trafficking operation November 21, 2014 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 narcotics rings, not Upper Peninsula tribal fisherman. Agents set up a fake fish store in tiny L’Anse, Mich., recorded conversations on ...
  • Choctaw Nation official convicted in bribery case November 21, 2014 MUSKOGEE — A former Choctaw Nation official accused of shaking down vendors for gifts was found guilty of six federal counts late Thursday night. Jason Merida was convicted in the Eastern District of Oklahoma on two counts each of theft and tax fraud and one count each of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit bribery. Merida was acquitted of an additional charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The charges stem from false billing practices ...
  • Tribal appeals court upholds 2013 election November 21, 2014 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 the real reason was his cooperation with a federal corruption investigation. St. Marks received 453 votes in a July 2013 special election ...
  • New bypass triggers new housing for New Town | bakken.com November 21, 2014 Within a few days of opening, a 20-unit apartment complex in New Town, funded by MHA Nation oil income, was filled with pre-screened applicants.  Now, the community is looking to other nearby areas, including the newly-opened truck by-pass around the city, for more potential housing opportunities. Wooden Bowl II is the second apartment complex in New Town built by the North Segment Community Development Corporation.  Ken Hall, the MHA Nation Tribal Business Council Representative serving the ...
  • Native American Tribe Protests Keystone Vote November 21, 2014 Updated 11:15 p.m. | A Senate vote to approve the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday took an odd turn after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., read the final vote tally as protestors of the pipeline in the Senate Gallery burst into song. Capitol Police officers dragged out five protesters, including Greg Grey Cloud of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as he bellowed a tribal song. Grey Cloud, who wore a headdress, continued singing as he was knocked to the ...
  • ABLE Challenges CPN On Sunday Liquor Sales November 21, 2014 The State of Oklahoma has continued its challenge of Native American tribes with a battle on a new front — Sunday liquor sales. The Oklahoman reported Saturday that a dispute between the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission (ABLE) and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is headed for arbitration. The state contends that since selling mixed drinks on Sunday is illegal in Pottawatomie County, the tribe is violating the law by doing so at the Grand Casino. The ...
  • Flandreau tribe files lawsuit in tax dispute with state November 21, 2014 A long-simmering tax dispute between the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the state of South Dakota is threatening to shut down alcohol sales at the Royal River Casino and Hotel.The tribe has refused to pay the state’s use tax since 2009, saying its status as a sovereign nation exempts its patrons from state taxation. The state has refused to renew the casino’s licenses unless the tribe pays.Now, the tribe has filed a lawsuit to bar ...
  • Jury gets Choctaw corruption case November 21, 2014 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 million. Prosecutors allege extravagant gifts were offered in exchange for “bidding preferences, higher prices and huge cash advances for services and ...
  • South Dakota Native American Tribe Promises to Close Borders to Keystone XL Construction if Pipeline is Approved : Politics : Latin Post November 20, 2014 South Dakota’s Rosebud Sioux (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) Tribe president said the House of Representative’s Keystone XL pipeline vote is an “act of war,” the Summit County Citizen’s Voice reports. President Cyril Scott told the publication that the House vote violates the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie treaties, which forfeited the Black Hills to the Sioux Nation. “The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this ...
  • Creek tribe creates new conservation district November 20, 2014 OKMULGEE, Okla. — The Creek Nation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have announced the creation of a new conservation district that will help the tribe manage natural resources, receive assistance for conservation projects and encourage members to own and operate agricultural land. Principal Chief George Tiger and USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Butch Blazer met Wednesday to officially designate the tribe’s new conservation district. The district becomes one of only 45 ...
  • California Seeks Injunction Against Desert Rose Bingo November 20, 2014 California’s attorney general Kamala Harris has asked a federal court for a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctions against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s real-money online bingo site. The federally recognized tribe, located in San Diego County, made waves this summer with the launch of its free-play poker PrivateTable.com site. The tribe kept promising to launch a real-money version but always backed off at the last minute. Then, in a surprise move, ...
  • California Seeks Injunction Against Desert Rose Bingo November 20, 2014 California’s attorney general Kamala Harris has asked a federal court for a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctions against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s real-money online bingo site. The federally recognized tribe, located in San Diego County, made waves this summer with the launch of its free-play poker PrivateTable.com site. The tribe kept promising to launch a real-money version but always backed off at the last minute. Then, in a surprise move, ...
  • Northern California tribe plans large solar power project near Lake Sonoma November 20, 2014 GEYSERVILLE, California — A Northern California tribe has announced plans to build a 5-megawatt solar plant in the hills overlooking Lake Sonoma. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1B59miT ) the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the $21 million joint venture Monday. The hundreds of solar panels would generate electricity for a fish hatchery, a visitors’ center and other buildings at the base of Warm Springs Dam northwest ...
  • Measuring Chumash tribe’s economic, social impacts November 20, 2014 Beacon Economics, one of California’s leading economic consulting firms, published an analysis earlier this year of the economic and social impacts of tribal gaming and other operations in California, and determined that tribal gaming operations generated an estimated $8 billion in revenues for California businesses, and supported more than 56,000 jobs statewide. More recently, Beacon Economics completed an economic impact study of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Not surprisingly, the findings that study showed ...
  • Washoe Tribe seeks input on Meeks Bay Resort improvements November 20, 2014 The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California is hosting an open house on Nov. 24 at the Forest Supervisor’s office in South Lake Tahoe to seek public input on improvements at Meeks Bay Resort. The Washoe Tribe operates Meeks Bay Resort, located on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore, under a special use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The resort provides day-use beach access, marina operations, cabins, and RV and tent ...
  • Pala Tribe begins online gambling in NJ November 20, 2014 ATLANTIC CITY – California’s Pala Indians on Wednesday became the first tribe to offer Internet gambling in New Jersey. The Pala Band of Mission Indians began a test of their PalaCasino.com site. The tribe’s online gambling arm, Pala Interactive, is partnered with Atlantic City’s Borgata. The company expects a full launch of the site Monday, once it gets approval from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. It will include more than 90 games and a daily free ...
  • Winona LaDuke addresses energy addiction November 19, 2014 PIERRE –– Anishinaabe tribal member Winona LaDuke, the only Native American ever to run for vice president of the United States of America and an economist by training, called for a “transition from the tipi to the Tesla,” during a speaking engagement in the South Dakota state capital on Nov. 7. LaDuke’s 20-year-old non-profit Honor the Earth aims to raise public environmental awareness, preserve land-based economies of scale, and enable grassroots efforts to promote Native American ...
  • Pipeline Fighter/Wica Agli Co-founder Pulled Out of Senate Chambers, Arrested November 19, 2014 SICANGU LAKOTA OYATE — Greg Grey Cloud made the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Nation’s proud when he belted out the unci maka wiwayang wacipi song in Senate Chambers today. Grey Cloud is an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, co-founder of Wica Agli and an oka wicasa. Grey Cloud explains the translated song as, “Grandfather look at me, I am standing here struggling, I am defending grandmother earth and I am chasing peace.” He goes on to say ...
  • Anticipation builds for testimony of Choctaw Nation leaders November 19, 2014 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 case against Jason Merida, the former head of construction for the tribe. He’s accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars ...
  • Tribe marks 10 years of gaming compact with state November 18, 2014 TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation is marking 10 years since Oklahoma voters approved a constitutional amendment that allowed the state to negotiate with Oklahoma tribes to operate Las Vegas-style gaming. The Tahlequah-based tribe is preparing to mark the passage of State Question 712 at a ceremony Monday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Although state officials estimated at the time that the agreement would generate around $71 million in additional revenue each year from ...
  • Morongo Tribe To Purchase Beaumont’s Non-Existent Recycled Water November 18, 2014 Three Items concerning the City’s wastewater are listed on the November 18, 2014 Beaumont City Council Agenda: Item 6.a.7 – Recycled Water Agreement with Morongo Item 6.a.15 – Report of Waste Discharge Submittal to Regional Board Item 6.a.16 – Sewer Bond Payoff The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board gave the City of Beaumont a deadline of December 31, 2014 to: “Implement non-potable water supply system to serve water for irrigation purposes and direct non-potable reuse.” The City’s ‘solution’ ...
  • Rising Crime in Bakken Region Leads FBI to Open North Dakota Office November 17, 2014 After years of complaints by human rights and Native groups about escalating crime in the Bakken oil field region, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on November 14 that it will open a permanent office in Williston, North Dakota, its first since 2006. Tribal advocates and others have long raised the alarm about the dangers posed by the influx of temporary workers to the Bakken oil field region of North Dakota. Combined with a lack of ...
  • Activist groups sue over Enbridge’s border pipeline November 17, 2014 Tribal and environmental groups have sued the U.S. State Department for approving a temporary plan by a Canadian pipeline company to increase the flow of heavy crude oil from Alberta into Minnesota before a federal environmental study is finished. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, alleges that the State Department violated the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws in approving the temporary increase in oil flow and in not releasing information ...
  • Yellowstone bison reach new home on Montana reservation, could be used to start new herds November 17, 2014 BILLINGS, Mont. — A group of wild bison relocated from Yellowstone National Park has arrived at northeastern Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Fort Peck Fish and Game Director Robert Magnan said two tractor trailers carrying almost 100 bison were being unloaded on the reservation Thursday. A third shipment of several dozen more animals was due Friday. The bison initially will be kept in a 140-acre pen, before moving to a 13,000-acre pasture later this month. They join about ...