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Lawyers for Tribes on Suit Against North Dakota Over Political Boundaries

By: Jeannie Kopstein WASHINGTON, D.C. (KVRR) — Two Native American tribes are suing North Dakota over newly drawn political boundaries they argue illegally dilute votes from indigenous communities. North Dakota’s Turtle Mountain and Spirit Lake tribes filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court last month. It alleges that the map does not comply with section two of the Voting Rights…

Sports Betting Bill Gets Bipartisan Push in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) — New bipartisan sports betting legislation would bring about the most significant change to Minnesota’s gaming laws in many years. The bill is being introduced by state Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington, a Republican, and state Rep. Zack Stephenson of Coon Rapids, a Democrat. It seeks to replace illicit gaming with a regulated market for Minnesotans…

North Dakota, Tribes Reach Settlement Over Voter ID Lawsuit

The proposed federal consent decree was announced Thursday.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota has reached a proposed settlement with American Indians who sued over the state’s voter ID laws. The proposed federal consent decree announced jointly Thursday by tribal lawyers and the state comes after a federal judge ruled tribes have a right to challenge the state’s requirement that voters have ID with a verified street address. Native Americans have…

Agency Overpaid Tribes for Opioid Treatment Programs

The agency lacked authority to make the payments.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota’s legislative auditor says “troubling dysfunction” at the Department of Human Services resulted in $29 million in overpayments to two tribes for opioid treatment programs. The auditor’s office said in a report Tuesday the agency lacked authority to make the payments, no one at the department takes responsibility for the decision, and no one can provide a rationale…

Twelve Native American Tribes Gather for Annual Powwow at NDSU

The theme of the 29th annual gathering is "Celebrating Life. Creating the Future."

FARGO, N.D. — Twelve Native American tribes gathered at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse at NDSU for the 29th annual Woodlands and High Plains Powwow. The theme of this year’s gathering is “Celebrating Life. Creating Our Future.” The twelve tribes hail from four different states, with some coming from Canada. Due to the cultural and spiritual aspects of the event, some view…

Three More Native American Tribes Join Opioid Lawsuit

Allegations include deceptive marketing and fraud

  REGIONAL — Three more Native American tribes in the Dakotas are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors. The tribes allege that they concealed and minimized the addiction risk of prescription drugs. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate sued 24 opioid industry groups in federal court on Monday. The lawsuit follows more than 70…

ND American Indian Tribes Endorse Hochhalter as Federal Prosecutor

The move followed tribal officials' interviews of Hochhalter and competitor Drew Wrigley

BISMARCK, ND — The five federally recognized American Indian tribes in North Dakota have endorsed longtime Assistant U.S. Attorney Clare Hochhalter to be the state’s next top federal prosecutor. The move followed tribal officials’ interviews of Hochhalter and competitor Drew Wrigley. Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault says he was influenced by statements made by Wrigley that protests against the Dakota…

North Dakota Tribes Asking for Help Fighting Addiction Crisis

Officials say the tribes are working hard but they are not on track with the state's efforts to fight drug addiction

  NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota tribes are asking the state for more help to fight addiction on the reservations. Officials with multiple treatment centers on the reservations say the tribes have lost touch with the state on drug issues over the years. They are hoping to revive interest in fighting addiction after the first lady says she it is…

Tribes Prepare Declaration to Stop Construction on Keystone XL Pipeline

The tribes' declaration points out environmental concerns for the proposed $8 billion pipeline

  CALGARY, Alberta — American Indian tribes in both the United States and Canada are signing a declaration against construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Blackfoot Confederacy, the Great Sioux Nation and Ponca tribes are planning a ceremony in Calgary, Alberta, where the pipeline developer, TransCanada is located. The tribes’ declaration points out environmental concerns for the proposed $8…