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FILE - In this April 4, 2013 file photo, a truck carrying 250 tons of coal hauls the fuel to the surface of the Spring Creek mine near Decker, Mont. A judge threw out a lawsuit on Friday, May 22, 2020, from a coalition of states, environmental groups and American Indians which sought to revive an Obama-era moratorium against U.S. government coal sales on public lands in the West. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said President Donald Trump's administration had fixed its initial failure to consider the environmental impacts of ending the moratorium. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown,File)

Judge nixes bid to stop coal sales that Trump revived

May. 22, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge threw out a lawsuit on Friday from a coalition of states, environmental groups and American Indians which sought to revive an Obama-era moratorium against U.S. government coal sales on public lands in the West. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said President Donald Trump's...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, left, updates media on the COVID-19 pandemic during a news conference at Monument Health in Rapid City, S.D. While many other governor’s have broken from President Donald Trump on stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of coronavirus or when to restart economic activity, Noem has tracked close to the president.  (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Noem: Tribes' checkpoints dispute not just about coronavirus

May. 21, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said on Thursday that her stance against Native American tribes operating coronavirus checkpoints on federal and state highways isn't just about the response to the coronavirus pandemic, but about setting “precedent” on tribes' ability to...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2005, file photo, tourist Chris Farthing, from Suffolks County, England, takes a picture of Anasazi ruins in Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says he'll extend the public comment period on a contested plan that will guide oil and gas drilling and other development in an area of New Mexico that includes a national park and locations important to Native American tribes. (AP Photo/Jeff Geissler, File)

US to grant more time to consider New Mexico drilling plan

May. 21, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Thursday he’ll extend the public comment period on a contested plan that will guide oil and gas drilling and other development in an area of northwestern New Mexico that includes a national park and locations important to Native...

Crow Creek tribal leaders sentenced in embezzlement scheme

May. 20, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former chairwoman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and a council member have been sentenced in a tribal embezzlement scheme involving four others. Together the six stole about $1 million in tribal money and assets from March 2014 through February 2019, U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons said...

Despite virus, Michigan groups aim to keep summer tradition

May. 18, 2020 8:35 AM EDT

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Some small Michigan communities aren't giving up on summer traditions despite the coronavirus. The Alpena Municipal Council is giving people time to raise money for a July 4 fireworks show along Lake Huron in the northern Lower Peninsula. Lafarge North America , which operates a cement...

This May 13, 2020 photo shows the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza located 55 miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas. Since the coronavirus prompted widespread casino and business closures in Nevada in March, the Moapa Band of Paiutes has prioritized protecting tribe members, particularly elders. The tribal casino closed in mid-March, leaving the primary remaining source of tribal revenue the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza truck stop, gas station and convenience store on Interstate 15 near Valley of Fire State Park. (Christopher DeVargas/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Nevada tribes wary of spread of coronavirus on reservations

May. 17, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Since the coronavirus prompted widespread casino and business closures in Nevada in March, the Moapa Band of Paiutes has prioritized protecting tribe members, particularly elders. For residents of the Moapa River Indian Reservation northeast of Las Vegas, elderly members who are at higher...

Crow Tribe extends stay-at-home order, receives relief aid

May. 14, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana has extended its stay-at-home order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and has received more than $25 million in coronavirus relief aid. The tribe's stay-at-home order was extended to June 15, The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday....

Tribal leaders defend new gambling compacts in legal memo

May. 13, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The leaders of two Oklahoma-based Native American tribes defended on Wednesday their recent gambling compacts with the state and urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to approve them. The chairmen of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation outlined their positions in a...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks about the so-called Heroes Act, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities, “hazard pay” for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals. (Saul Loeb/Pool via AP)

Pelosi unveils $3T virus bill, warns inaction costs more

May. 12, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, a sweeping effort with $1 trillion for states and cities, “hazard pay” for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals. The House is expected to vote on the...

Judge: US not unreasonably delaying virus relief for tribes

May. 12, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department is not unreasonably delaying the release of coronavirus relief funding to Native American tribes, a federal judge ruled this week. The department is tasked with disbursing $8 billion to tribes that was included in a relief package approved in late March....