RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to reconsider its ruling that the city of Riverton in central Wyoming is not within the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation.
A panel of three judges ruled 2-1 in February against an Environmental Protection Agency opinion that said Riverton was on the reservation.
That prompted the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes to ask for a new hearing before the full 10th Circuit.
The Ranger reports that the denial of the rehearing was announced November 7.
The only recourse for the tribes now is to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case.
The dispute centers on whether a 1905 agreement between the tribes and federal government to allow sale of reservation land to non-Indians actually changed the reservation boundaries.
WINNEBAGO, Neb. (AP) — The Winnebago Tribal Council has taken steps to take over management of a hospital on a Native American reservation in northeastern Nebraska.
The Sioux City Journal reports that the council voted last week to initiate the process of taking control of the Omaha Winnebago Hospital.
The tribe hopes to assume operation of the hospital by July 1.
Self-governance allows Native American tribes to assume administration of federal programs. A steering committee has been formed to help the Winnebago Tribal Council prepare for the negotiations and eventual management of the hospital.
The move comes more than two years after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services terminated the hospital's Medicare contract after the Indian Health Service and hospital officials failed to correct serious quality-of-care deficiencies the agency had found.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A small northern Arizona tribe chose new leadership Thursday as it faces the potential loss of coal royalties that make up a huge chunk of its budget.
Tim Nuvangyaoma (new-VONG'-yow-mah) received 969 votes in the race for Hopi chairman, beating out tribal lawmaker David Norton Talayumptewa's (tuh-lie-YUM'-ti-wuh) 642 votes.
Clark Tenakhongva (ten-AHK'-hohng-vuh) was elected vice chairman with 949 votes. Tribal lawmaker Lamar Keevama (KEY'vah-mah) trailed with 656 votes.
Turnout was low with 1,622 votes cast out of more than 11,000 eligible voters.
Economic development will be a major focus in the new administration. The Hopi Tribe will lose 85 percent of its budget if a coal mine closes as expected in 2019.
Nuvangyaoma says he's up for the challenge will reach out to Hopis for potential solutions.