TRIBAL

Biden campaign pushes for improved broadband access in rural and tribal areas

By Samone Blair UNITED STATES – Former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign held a roundtable about rural and tribal broadband access Friday. “The Covid-19 crisis has revealed that Americans everywhere need universal, reliable, affordable and high-speed internet to do their jobs and participate equally in remote school learning,” Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said. Biden’s Build Back Better economic…

Gov. Burgum Extends Business Closure To April 20

major presidential disaster declaration also approved

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum has extended North Dakota business closures through April 20 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump has also approved Burgum’s request for a major presidential disaster declaration. “This approval paves the way for North Dakota to receive federal funding at state, local, tribal level and also certain non-profits,” said Burgum. This support comes…

White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Voted Not Guilty of Violating Tribal Constitution

Mason had been accused of abusing her power by White Earth Reservation Chairman Terry Tibbetts

MAHNOMEN, Minn. — The Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Executive Committee has voted “not” to censure White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason. By a vote of 3 to 1, with six members voting silent, the executive committee determined that Mason did not violate provisions of the constitution. Mason had been accused of abusing her power by White Earth Reservation Chairman Terry Tibbetts. He…

White Earth Reservation Secretary-Treasurer Facing Hearing

The meeting will be held tomorrow morning at 8:30 at Shooting Star Casino Events Center in Mahnomen

MAHNOMEN, Minn. — A meeting will be held Wednesday to exonerate or censure the White Earth Reservation Secretary-Treasurer. Tara Mason was accused last month by Chairman Terry Tibbetts of five counts of tribal constitution violations. They include her dealings with the controversial Star Lake casino project, tribal courts and others. The meeting will be held tomorrow morning at 8:30 at…

Days After Oil Spill, Construction Approved for TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline

After nine years, two presidential orders and dozens of lawsuits, the pipeline is being built. Fox News reporter, Mike Tobin, has more.

NEBRASKA — The Keystone pipeline is finally approved for construction by Nebraska regulators, but it comes just days after a devastating oil spill. After nine years, two presidential orders and dozens of lawsuits, TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline has finally cleared its last regulatory challenge with Public Service Commissioners in Nebraska voting to approve the pipeline’s route through their state. Some…

Standing Rock, Cheyenne River Sioux on DAPL; Keystone Pipeline Shutdown Due to Leak

The leak was discovered after a drop in pressure in the operating system

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux want a federal judge to reject the recent arguments made against their proposals for the Dakota Access pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an additional court-ordered review of the pipeline’s impact on tribal interests. While that’s done, the tribes want emergency equipment staging at the pipeline’s…

Chairman Calls For Censure Of White Earth Nation Secretary-Treasurer

Tara Mason Has 45 Days To Prepare Response

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Chairman wants to censure the Secretary-Treasurer. Chairman Terry Tibbetts made the motion on Thursday during the Tribal Executive Committee meeting. Tibbets accuses Tara Mason of five counts of tribal constitution violations including her dealings with the controversial Star Lake casino project, tribal courts and others. Mason has 45 days to prepare a response. A…

ND Tribal Colleges Contribute Nearly $200 Million to Economy

The North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges asked for the study to learn the impact of the colleges on the state

  FARGO, ND — An NDSU study shows the state’s tribal colleges helped boost the economy in the 2016 fiscal year. The study states the five tribal colleges contributed $190 million to North Dakota’s economy. Researchers also looked at the social and economic effects of education as well as the state and local impacts of higher education spending and student…

Federal Judge Refuses To Halt Tribal Primary Election

Archie Fool Bear Asked For Preliminary Injunction

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge has refused to delay a primary election on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. A tribal election commission had declared Archie Fool Bear ineligible for office because he allegedly owes the tribe money. Fool Bear disputes that and asked for a preliminary injunction to halt Wednesday’s primary. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said federal courts…