Tribes’ proposed Conn. casino approved

The U.S. Department of Interior has issued one of two approvals needed for the construction of a Connecticut casino proposed by two federally recognized Native American tribes hoping to compete with a new Massachusetts casino.

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Attorney Gets 8 Years in Jail for Role in Payday Lending Scheme

A Delaware lawyer has received a lengthy prison sentence for his role in a payday lending scheme that involved lying about his client’s connections with Native American tribes in order to dupe customers into paying interest rates far above the legal limit. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on May 25 sentenced Wilmington attorney Wheeler Neff to eight years in prison for his alleged role in the lending scheme, which aimed to collect more than $490 million from illegal payday loans.

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Vandals strike Buffalo Soldier plaque in Audubon Park

A plaque in Audubon Park recognizing the Buffalo Soldiers, all-black cavalries that led mostly white officers who fought against Native American tribes, was vandalized Wednesday morning. The plaque was painted with a red anarchy symbol, and the surrounding …

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Native American tribes vie for control of ancient remains found in Idaho’s high desert plains

Some mysteries don’t need to be solved. They need to be laid to rest. In spring of 2017, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game employee was going about his ‘do you have a license to hunt that thing’ duties, in the wilds outside the city of Mountain Home …

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Seattle dropped Wells Fargo over the Dakota Access Pipeline — then couldn’t find another bank

The Seattle City Council voted last year to stop doing business with Wells Fargo because the bank funds the Dakota Access Pipeline, but the city may have gotten ahead of itself.

According to KUOW-FM, the city couldn’t find another bank and now will have to sign on for another three years with Wells Fargo.

“The reality is, none wanted to participate and bid for our services, and given the time it takes to shift to a new service, we felt it was prudent for the city to move forward,” City Finance Director Glen Lee said.

What’s the story?

In February 2017, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to cut ties with Wells Fargo. The city cited Wells Fargo’s role in the Dakota Access Pipeline project, as well as the scandal over the bank opening accounts without customer knowledge as reasons for the move.

The move was celebrated at the time, and attendees at the city council meeting stood and cheered when the vote was complete.

“We’ve seen the power of the ruling elite has limits, and those limits are determined by how powerful our movements are in the 99 percent,” Councilwoman Kshama Sawant said after the city’s vote.

As it turns out, numerous large banks have ties to the Dakota Access Pipeline, including some of the world’s largest banks, and Seattle struggled to find a financial institution that could meet all the city’s needs.

So, Seattle’s attempted boycott will take a back seat for the next three years, and city officials will explore other options during that time, such as a municipal public bank.

Dakota Access Pipeline controversy

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,200-mile project that, when completed, is designed to transport as many as 570,000 barrels of crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois each day, according to Time.

Since it was initially proposed in 2014, the project has been protested by Native American tribes and environmental groups, who raise concerns about the impact of the pipeline on drinking water sources and climate change.

(H/T: Hot Air)

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Native American artist exhibition to open next weekend at Denver Art Museum

He wasn’t sure what to do. What he needed was a trip across the country. So, he set out and began meeting with people from various Native American tribes while on this journey. He wanted to feel more of a connection with his heritage since he’s a …

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3 Native American tribes jointly seek control of South Dakota hospital

Three Native American tribes revealed plans to assume control of Sioux San Hospital, a nine-bed facility in Rapid City, S.D., from the U.S. Indian Health Service, according to the Rapid City Journal. The Oglala Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux and Rosebud Sioux …

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500-year-old skeletons headed for Native American tribes

BOISE, Idaho — Two 500-year-old skeletons discovered in Idaho’s high desert plains will be turned over to Native American tribes. U.S. officials in a series of notices starting Friday say the remains of the young adult and child will be given to the …

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The most important Washington lawsuit you have never heard of

RELATED: How Washington’s effort led to the seizure of Backpage.com The issue surrounds the influence Native American tribes have on local and state governments. While the case itself centers on culverts that affect salmon runs, McKenna argues there is …

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Native American tribes partner with Kaibab Forest to protect cultural resources on Bill Williams

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Kaibab National Forest is partnering with Native American tribes to protect and restore cultural resources on Bill Williams Mountain, in northern Arizona, as it moves forward with a multi-year restoration project that will thin more …

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