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THREE AFFILIATED TRIBES

The Society of Professional Journalists gave Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation leaders this year's Black Hole Award. It's the first time the group has given the award to a tribal government.
If the governor legalizes online gambling in North Dakota through amendments to the state's compacts with the tribe, expect lawsuits to fly on multiple fronts.
MacKenzie Scott, former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is giving away billions of dollars to charity.
If identity politics matter at all, they matter enough for us to be accurate about it.

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If the problem is vote dilution, why are we trying to solve it with more dilution?
The property just off of the south end of the casino-lined Vegas strip has been sitting largely unused since the purchase in a bankruptcy auction last July, but tribal leadership is considering a host of possibilities for the investment.
The approval of Senate Bill 2319 by House lawmakers provided some closure in a yearslong disagreement between the state of North Dakota and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation over tax revenues off of oil wells drilled laterally beneath the tribe's oil-rich Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
“I assure you, we're not doing cartwheels to do it now,” said Mark Fox, chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.
A federal lawsuit is asking a judge to allow absentee voting for members of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation. Since 1986, the tribe has required non-resident voters to return to the North Dakota reservation to vote — even though it liberally grants absentee ballots for resident members.
Christopher Lewis Gillette, 34, is accused of killing James Mossett Friday morning, Aug. 14, at Gillette’s home.

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Laura “Lori” Bird, owner of Bird Industries, is suing the Three Affiliated Tribes and its Four Bears Segment for $147 million she believes she is owed from a gravel pit business.
FARGO — The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Supreme Court will decide whether to reject a longstanding requirement that tribal members who live outside the reservation must physically return to vote in tribal elections.
Public attitudes about gambling are changing. They have been for some time. It is inevitable that North Dakota, like other states, will continue a march toward more liberalized gaming policies. The tribes will need to figure out how to make their casinos attractive and relevant in that environment.

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