Alaska Native village sues federal agency over gaming hall
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native Village filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department in a continuing campaign to open a tribal gambling hall, officials said.
Washington state Native corporation wins defense contract
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state Native corporation has won a $99 million government contract for U.S. Navy projects, with much of the work expected to be done in Puget Sound.
2 tribal leaders resign from task force to protest pipeline
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two tribal leaders have resigned from a Montana task force in protest of the state attorney general's support of a proposed oil pipeline from Canada.
The Latest: Purdue says little harm to pause Sackler suits
The Latest on Purdue Pharma's settlement efforts (all times local):
Purdue Pharma is telling a judge that letting lawsuits continue against the company's owners would deplete...
Ex-official accused of defrauding Mississippi Choctaw tribe
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former official of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and his wife are accused of defrauding the tribe.
Citing a Monday U.S. attorney's statement, news outlets...
Drug company attorneys seek to disqualify federal judge
CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for eight drug distributors, pharmacies and retailers facing trial next month for their roles in the opioid crisis want to disqualify the federal judge overseeing their...
What’s ahead after the Purdue tentative settlement
CLEVELAND (AP) — Wednesday's tentative $12 billion settlement by some state, local and tribal governments with Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, and the company's owners could shape...
Seattle to address missing, murdered indigenous women crisis
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has adopted a resolution acknowledging violence against indigenous women and girls and vowing to address the crisis.
The Latest: Purdue Pharma says settlement negations continue
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on Purdue Pharma's settlement negotiations (all times local):
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma says it's continuing to negotiate a settlement...
OxyContin maker, governments in talks to settle lawsuits
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — States and local governments are in talks to settle lawsuits with the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin that is facing billions of dollars in potential liability...
What lies ahead following Oklahoma opioid judgment
Oklahoma's $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson will likely be followed by more trials and legal settlements seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has...
Fargo joins other entities in suing drug companies
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo is joining 2,000 cities, counties and tribal governments that are suing pharmaceutical companies they claim have been "fueling the flood" of opioids.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers were unable to override Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's vetoes of eight bills that had passed with more than a two-thirds majority.
CONCHO, Okla. (AP) — Families and friends of missing or slain American Indian women and girls are again calling for justice for their loved ones.
Trump approves disaster declaration for Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for spring storms and flooding that caused nearly $40 million in damage to infrastructure across...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering grants to local and tribal governments, nonprofit groups and others interested in improving dwelling places for...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Citizens of the Cherokee Nation are set to decide who will be their principal chief, deputy principal chief, and eight tribal council seats.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is seeking a presidential disaster declaration for spring storms that caused nearly $40 million in damage to infrastructure across Minnesota.
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.
Montana enters fire season still recovering from last year
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.
Nooksack tribal chair says disenrolled should ‘move along’
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.