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DHS Overpaid White Earth Nation $11 Million, Also Overpaid Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

The money was paid out for substance abuse therapy treatments covered under Medicaid over five years

ST. PAUL, MN — Gov. Tim Walz confirming that the Minnesota Department of Human Services overpaid White Earth Nation and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe over $25 million. The money was paid out for substance abuse therapy treatments covered under Medicaid over five years. Walz says his administration uncovered the issue when he took office back in January. A spokesman…

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Exonerates Chairman, Censures Secretary Treasurer

there were tense moments during the meeting when the results came out

MAHNOMEN, Minn. — People started yelling profane things to members of the White Earth Reservation executive committee at a meeting. They were up in arms over the exoneration of the committee’s chairman Terry Tibbetts and the censure of its secretary-treasurer Tara Mason. “It got a little feisty. People that are siding with her weren’t very happy so you know there’s…

Three More People Charged in Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Embezzlement Case

A total of six people were accused of embezzling from the tribe's Big Coulee District

BISMARCK, ND — Three more people charged in a Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate embezzlement case have been sentenced in federal court. Colette White was given three years of probation and fined $3,000, Gerald German Jr. three months in custody and a $5,000 fine and Gerald Heminger Jr. three months in custody and a $2,000 fine. They also must pay a total of…

Former Executive Board Member of Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe Sentenced in Embezzlement Case

Adams said in his plea agreement that they stole over $415,000 from the district between January 2011 and March 2013

  RICHLAND COUNTY, ND — A former executive board member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for embezzlement. Federal authorities say 46-year-old Thomas Adams and others allegedly wrote checks to themselves for payroll, stipends, travel and other reasons. Adams said in his plea agreement that they stole over $415,000 from the…

Standing Rock Tribe Considering Renewable Energy Options

Standing Rock Sioux Chariman Dave Archambault says the tribe is looking at transitioning to wind or solar energy projects

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — The tribe at the center of the Dakota Access pipeline protests is working to develop renewable energy programs. Standing Rock Sioux Chariman Dave Archambault says the tribe is looking at transitioning to wind or solar energy projects. Archambault accepted the Henry A. Wallace award from the Wallace Global Fund, which supports social movements through investments…

Tribes File Lawsuit in Attempt to Halt DAPL Construction

Two tribes have filed a lawsuit after the company began construction again

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Cheyenne River Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are moving full-steam ahead in court to stop the Dakota Access pipeline project. A legal challenge has been filed to try to block the project’s completion. The judge will not hear it until Monday. The company building the pipeline has started construction on the final stretch of the…