HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — The Chippewa Cree tribe's online lending company has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed after the tribe and its development corporation failed to repay loans taken out to expand the Northern Winz Casino near Box Elder.
District Judge Daniel Boucher in February 2017 ordered the tribe to pay about $25 million to Florida-based BEH Gaming Ltd.
The Havre Daily News reported Friday that the settlement amount was sealed by the court in a Dec. 7 order that dismissed the case, which dates back to 2006.
The tribe reached a settlement in 2011, but defaulted on its obligations so BEH sued again.
Tribal Chairman Harlan Baker says the tribe is pleased to have the matter resolved, saying the lawsuit was a burden on those who relied on government jobs and services to care for their families.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Native American tribe will be able to go ahead with its plans for a gambling hall on Martha's Vineyard after the Supreme Court declined to get involved in the dispute.
The Supreme Court said Monday that it would not take up the case involving the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe.
That leaves in place a lower court ruling favoring the tribe, which had proposed a facility with 300 electronic bingo machines and live bingo. It hasn't proposed offering slot machines or casino table games such as blackjack or roulette.
Massachusetts and the Martha's Vineyard town of Aquinnah opposed the gambling hall. They argued that a 1980s agreement granting the tribe nearly 500 acres (202 hectares) had specifically prohibited gambling. The tribe argued a federal law effectively repealed that gambling prohibition.
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A judge says a South Dakota man convicted on child abuse, assault and child pornography charges on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation must serve nearly 13 years in prison.
Chavez Spotted Horse, of Little Eagle, was sentenced to 76 months in prison on charges of child abuse and assault with a dangerous weapon. Authorities say the 41-year-old Spotted Horse beat an 11-year-old victim with a plastic kitchen spoon, a rod and a plastic hanger.
Spotted Horse was sentenced to 78 months on a charge of receipt of images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. Investigators say he admitted to viewing and receiving child pornography over the internet on specialized websites.
The Standing Rock Reservation straddles the North and South Dakota border. Agencies from both states assisted in the investigation.