March 20, 2013
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — The suspended chairman of the Chippewa Cree Tribe was arrested Wednesday while attempting to return to his office, an escalation of his dispute with the governing council that is trying to oust him.
Ken Blatt St. Marks was led away in handcuffs a day after tribal Judge Duane Gopher lifted a temporary restraining order that had barred St. Marks from tribal headquarters, the Havre Daily News reported .
March 19, 2013
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — The Chippewa Cree's governing council has suspended the tribe's chairman on allegations of neglect and misconduct, but Ken St. Marks says the body took action against him because of his cooperation with a federal corruption investigation.
St. Marks was suspended for allegedly violating his duty, a lack of ethical responsibility and a disregard for the obligations he assumed upon his election in November, a statement released Friday by the Chippewa Cree Business Council said.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A mining company plans exploratory work beginning this spring on private property within Montana's Crow Indian Reservation that's estimated to hold 400 million tons of coal.
The proposal from Signal Peak Energy adds to a spate of recent interest in the region's huge coal reserves despite flagging domestic demand for the fuel.
Signal Peak operates the Bull Mountain mine north of Billings and exports much of its coal to customers in Asia.
March 13, 2013
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) — The chairman of a northern Michigan Indian tribe says he'll sign a same-sex marriage bill Friday, then preside at the wedding of two men.
The legislative body of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians voted 5-4 on March 3 to amend the Harbor Springs-based tribe's laws to allow same-sex marriages. The Petoskey News-Review (http://bit.ly/YnSkXc ) reports that tribal Chairman Dennis McNamara says he'll sign the bill Friday morning.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three alleged members of an American Indian gang known for terrorizing people in the Upper Midwest were part of a criminal enterprise in which members dealt drugs, attacked informants and used other violent tactics to maintain the gang and its reputation, federal prosecutors said during closing arguments Tuesday in the men's trial.
Federal officials say the AmericanIndian College Fund will administer a scholarship program that is part of a $3.4 billion government settlement with Native American landowners.
The settlement led by the late Elouise Cobell of Browning, Mont., was finalized last fall. Besides paying hundreds of thousands of landowners for mismanaged royalties and consolidating fractionated, individually owned land parcels, the settlement sets aside up to $60 million for scholarships for Native American students.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Daryl Baldwin was born around the time that his Miami Tribe of Oklahoma was losing its last generation of fluent speakers and facing the possibility that its language would die with them.
March 5, 2013
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona tribal members say they're shocked by a television sitcom that made fun of one of the most pervasive social ills on AmericanIndian reservations — alcoholism.
One of the characters on the CBS show "Mike & Molly" joked about drunken Indians in Arizona, a state that is home to 21 federally recognized American Indian tribes. Although drinking and selling alcohol largely is banned on reservations, it can easily be found in border towns, brought in by bootleggers or sneaked past authorities.
March 4, 2013
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature will consider year-round bison hunting and prohibitions on the animals' movements amid a slew of bison-related measures to be tackled during the second half of the legislative session.
Senate Bill 143 is one of the most contentious bison bills this session. Besides extending the current three-month bison hunting season year-round, the measure would increase the number of bison that could be killed and prohibit the transfer of wild bison.
March 2, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report shows that 2011 revenue from American Indian casinos in New Mexico are steadily recovering from the recession.
KUNM-FM reports that Casino City's latest Indian Gaming Industry Report shows that that revenue grew by more than 2 percent in 2011. That's up from just 0.4 percent in 2010.