PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — A task force is petitioning the Bureau of Indian Affairs to hold an election so that Oglala Sioux Tribe voters can weigh in on proposed changes to the tribal...
RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — The Northern Arapahoe tribal government has adopted a 32-hour work week for all employees to address a projected $5 million budget deficit.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal legislation has been re-introduced to allow tribal governments to administer child nutrition programs in their communities.
Governor signs Native American voting bill
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday expanding voting services on tribal reservations.
The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. John McCoy of Tulalip, requires county...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say they're stepping up financial support for recycling infrastructure projects.
The state Department of Environmental Quality says it's boosting...
Montana tribes could access coal fund loans under proposal
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow Native American tribal governments to take out loans from the state Coal Tax Fund for infrastructure...
Senator: Chairman of Mohegan Tribal Council resigns
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state senator says Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown has submitted his resignation citing undisclosed personal reasons.
Claims against tribe stemming from horse roundup dismissed
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed claims against a Nevada Indian tribal government over a disputed horse roundup in Washoe County.
Missoula County becomes latest to sue over opioid crisis
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Missoula County is the latest among a slate of city, county, state and tribal governments in Montana to sue drug companies over the nation's opioid crisis.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Missoula on Tuesday accuses more than 20 drug manufacturers and distributors of being responsible for the crisis that has increased the costs to the county's justice and social service systems.
New leader of Navajo Nation delivers message of hope, change
FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. (AP) — Jonathan Nez delivered a message of hope, resilience and change Tuesday in his inaugural address as president of the Navajo Nation, drawing from the tribe's history as a way to move forward.
He and Vice President Myron Lizer took the oath of office before a large crowd at an indoor sports arena in Fort Defiance, near the tribal capital, that dwindled as the ceremony ran longer than scheduled.
Navajo company looks into buying northern Arizona coal mine
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo Nation energy company studying the purchase of a coal-fired power plant on the reservation says it's looking into the mine that supplies it, too.
The tribal government asked the Navajo Transitional Energy Company in October to look into acquiring the Navajo Generating Station near Page along the Arizona-Utah border. Its owners are closing it in December, citing cheaper power from natural gas.
Fort Belknap Indian Community to furlough half its workforce
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — Officials say about half of the tribal employees at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in northern Montana will be furloughed because of the partial U.S. government shutdown.
Pokagon Band invests $25M for health services expansion
DOWAGIAC, Mich. (AP) — The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is investing $25 million to expand health services in southwestern Michigan.
The project is expanding the Pokagon Health Services' Rodgers Lake campus, the South Bend Tribune reported .
Nez elected to lead Navajo Nation, warns of tough times
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Jonathan Nez has been elected president of the Navajo Nation and warned Wednesday of tough economic times ahead for the tribe with the anticipated closure of a power plant and the coal mine that supplies it.
Unofficial election results from Tuesday's election show Nez, the tribe's vice president, overwhelmingly beat former two-term President Joe Shirley Jr. The loss was the second in a row for Shirley.
Feds to help Maine tribe curb opioid epidemic
INDIAN TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — Four American Indian groups in Maine will receive more than $400,000 from the federal government to respond to the impact of the opioid epidemic in native communities.
Group tries to ensure Native Americans vote in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Native American voting rights group says it will work to ensure that all Native Americans in North Dakota can vote in November despite a voter identification requirement that many see as a hurdle.
Northern Cheyenne Tribe’s president plans to resign
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe is planning to resign this week, citing "obstacles and opposition at every step by the legislative branch" of the tribal government.
US government says Fort Peck tribes mismanaged grant money
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government officials say the Fort Peck tribes owe $435,000 after mismanaging grant money meant to help poor people pay for their home energy use.
Trump issues disaster declaration for storm-hit Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for parts of Minnesota hit by severe storms and flooding from June 15 to July 11.
Kah-nee-ta resort will close Wednesday
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The tribal-owned and operated Kah-nee-ta Resort & Spa will close for good Wednesday.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribal Council voted last week to move forward with a plan to close the resort, ending speculation that the tribes could find a way to keep the facility and its 146 workers in business.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is inviting nonprofit organizations, communities, state departments and tribal governments to apply for funding for recreational trails.
The agency is accepting proposals until Oct. 31 for the Connecticut Recreational Trails Program.
Ducey to chair FCC telecommunications committee
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will chair an advisory committee to the Federal Communications Committee on telecommunications issues.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday announced that Ducey will chair the 30-member Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. An executive order in January expanded the group from 15 to 30 members.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The federal government has awarded grants totaling more than $47 million to help homeless veterans find jobs.
Recipients in Tennessee were awarded more than $906,000, Kentucky awards totaled almost $775,000 and West Virginia will receive $165,000.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is about to enter another potentially severe fire season with a paltry $4 million in a firefighting reserve fund after paying the bills from last year's record-setting summer, officials said Thursday.
SEATTLE (AP) — Ross Cline Sr., two weeks into his new role of Nooksack tribal chairman, knows things have been bad.
Council members stopped holding public meetings. The previous chairman was nowhere to be seen. And he could feel the tension as he walked around tribal neighborhoods east of Bellingham.
"You're afraid to say hi. You don't know who's your enemy."
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation president's daughter is facing drunken driving charges after authorities say she struck another vehicle south of Flagstaff.
Karis Begaye serves as her father's chief legal counsel in the tribal government.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says Begaye was arrested two weeks ago on Interstate 17 after rear-ending a semitrailer and damaging a guardrail.
Tribal recall unseats Colorado River Indian Tribes chairman, councilwoman
PARKER — Members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes voted over the weekend to remove Dennis Patch as tribal chairman. In a special recall election, the unofficial results showed 469 Tribal members voted “yes” to remove Patch, while 467 voted “no” to keep him in office.
Ryan Zinke, tribal leaders discuss solutions to Native American opioid epidemic
SCOTTSDALE – Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke met Monday with Arizona tribal leaders to discuss possible solutions for the national opioid crisis, which affects Native Americans more than any other minority.
Navajo Nation rejects attempt to disqualify water judge
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is opposing attempts to disqualify a state judge from oversight of a decades-old water dispute in the San Juan River Basin.
In court filings Monday, attorneys for the Navajo Nation said accusations are unfounded that Judge James Wechsler previously worked on behalf of the tribal government.
At stake is a major water-rights award in northwestern New Mexico to the Navajo Nation.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to ensure that Native American tribes in Michigan have access to state child protection records.
Snyder says in a statement that the legislation signed Tuesday "furthers our partnership with tribal governments in Michigan by collaborating to protect the welfare and safety of children." It allows access to certain state Children's Protective Services records of children in tribes.
Cherokee Nation grows heritage with heirloom seeds
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The value of cultural heritage continues to outweigh the entrepreneurial potential of heirloom produce among tribal members, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said.
Rocky Boy woman pleads guilty in tribal corruption case
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Rocky Boy woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding a Montana tribe's construction company.
Maine to receive federal disaster relief funding
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved federal disaster relief for damage caused by an October windstorm that knocked out power for half of Maine's population.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the White House says federal funding is available to the state, tribal governments and some nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis. The funding can be used for emergency work and to repair buildings damaged by the storm in 13 counties.
North Dakota bill would allow tribes to levy state sales tax
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A draft legislative bill sets the framework for American Indian tribes in North Dakota to levy state sales taxes on their reservations and keep a yet-to-be-determined share of the collections.
The bill, which would allow tribal leaders to enter into a tax agreement with North Dakota's governor, comes largely in response to tribes' concerns about dwindling federal dollars on the state's five American Indian reservations, North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said.
Trappers ask court to throw out lawsuit over US fur exports
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Fur trappers are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from wildlife advocates who want to block the export of bobcat pelts from the United States.
Attorneys for trapping organizations said in recent court filings that the lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service infringes on the authority of state and tribal governments to manage their wildlife.
Minnesota announces $16.6M in grants to fight opioid crisis
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials announced Friday that $16.6 million in federal grant money will go toward addiction prevention, treatment and other efforts designed to combat a rising number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths in the state.
The federal government will give a few select areas around the country a chance to experiment with new uses for drones, and Gov. Susana Martinez wants New Mexico to be one of them.
Speaking Thursday in Washington, D.C., Martinez touted a new program from President Donald Trump’s administration that will allow state, local and tribal governments to expand the use of drones.
Native American activist Dennis Banks dies at age 80
Dennis Banks, who helped found the American Indian Movement and engaged in sometimes-violent uprisings against the U.S. government, including the armed occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, died at age 80, his family announced Monday.
AG says Alaska’s tribes have legal sovereignty
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state's top lawyer released a legal opinion Friday saying that, despite some misconceptions, Alaska Native tribes have sovereignty and legally exist in the state.
Gov. Burgum announces training for life-saving drug
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum says state health and law enforcement agencies are being trained to use medication that reverses effects of opioids like heroin and oxycodone.
Burgum says a $2 million federal grant will be used for the training.
Burgum last month signed an executive directed cabinet agencies to work with law enforcement and local and tribal governments to make naloxone available to first responders, community leaders and individual opioid users and their family members.
Crow Agency water treatment facility vandalized; $1M damage
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Tribal officials are urging Crow Agency residents not to drink or touch the water after one or more vandals shot up, smashed and burned the area's water treatment facility, causing an estimated $1 million in damage.
Candy Felicia, director of the Crow Tribe's Water Authority, tells The Billings Gazette https://goo.gl/9UAwZC someone opened the facility's doors with a carpentry claw Wednesday morning and caused extensive damage inside.
Spirit Lake Reservation landowners get land buyback offers
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Thousands of landowners on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation have been sent purchase offers through a federal program to return land on reservations to tribal control.
The buyback program was initiated by the Obama administration and has spent more than $1.2 billion to purchase parcels of land with multiple owners and transfer them to tribal governments.
Yellowstone National Park bison numbers down from last year
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park biologists say bison numbers are down from last year after its largest cull in nearly a decade.
Parks spokesman Jonathan Shafer said in an email that biologists' surveys counted about 4,800 bison that live in the park, 700 less than last year.
HHS Secretary Tom Price to visit Pawnee and Cherokee Nations
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is in Oklahoma to meet with members of the Pawnee and Cherokee nations.
Secretary Tom Price began a three-day visit to Oklahoma Tuesday as part of the federal agency's integral relationship with tribal governments.
Alaska communities request land be put into federal trust
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Two Alaska tribal communities are hoping to take advantage of a policy change that allows for land to be placed into federal trust.
Alaska Native tribes’ sovereign immunity upheld in ruling
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld Alaska Native tribes' sovereign immunity from state courts in a recently released decision.
The tribes' rights were challenged during a legal dispute between two tribal governments out of Juneau, KTOO-FM reported (http://bit.ly/2f9ZldM). Other Alaska Native tribes had been closing watching the litigation.
Dakotas tribes eligible for federal land buyback program
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several American Indian tribes in the Dakotas are eligible for a federal program to return land on reservations to tribal control.
The buyback program was initiated by the Obama administration and has already spent $1.2 billion to purchase parcels of land with multiple owners and transfer them to tribal governments.
The Interior Department has announced a plan for doling out the remaining $540 million.
ST. REGIS INDIAN RESERVATION, N.Y. (AP) — A summit on issues faced by tribal governments by the U.S.-Canada border will be held next month in Minnesota.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in northern New York on Thursday helped announce the "Northern Tribal Border Summit" for Indian nation leaders.
Representatives will focus on tribal challenges in the light of current U.S. and Canadian border policies. Attendees will discuss forming a Northern Tribal Border Alliance.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has proclaimed a statewide fire and drought emergency because of extremely dry conditions.
Burgum on Monday ordered all state agencies to maintain high levels of readiness. The executive order activates the state emergency operations plan and authorizes Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard, to activate the Guard if needed to support local and tribal governments.