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MANDAN HIDATSA AND ARIKARA NATION

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Randall Phelan took part in a bribery scheme with co-conspirators from about 2013 through mid-2020, during which time he used his position with the Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Business Council to obtain construction contracts for a contractor, according to court documents.
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation calls the state's claim "contrary to the legal and historical record" and vows to fight to protect its rights to ancestral lands and waters.
The Standing Rock and Fort Berthold reservations received the federal funds to repair and upgrade roadways.
Attorneys representing parties in two lawsuits said the litigation over the new districts won't change North Dakota's political boundaries before the November general election.
The claim applies to the historical bed of the Missouri River — the river as it was before construction of Garrison Dam created Lake Sakakawea in the 1950s — not “the entirety of the bed of Lake Sakakawea,” the statement said.
Thomas Suckley and George Bears Arm, two young men from the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota, died while attending the notorious Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Their bodies remain buried in a cemetery near the site of the former school.

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The two companies behind a $2 billion proposed hydrogen hub in central North Dakota said they plan to source all of the natural gas needed for their project from beneath the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
The map, developed by a Republican-led committee, morphs three rural districts — two in the northeast and one in the southeast — into new districts in the Fargo area, the Williston area and the southwest corner of the state.
Collette Brown, the Gaming Commission director for the Spirit Lake Nation, said sticking her tribe's reservation in a larger district with predominantly white rural areas has a "dilutive effect" on the Native American vote and prevents tribal members from electing the candidate of their choice. To remedy the issue, Brown suggested the redistricting panel split the full district in two to include a House district that encompasses the reservation.

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