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BILLINGS, Mont. — While many small businesses have struggled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Native-owned Keya LLC has found a way to turn a crisis into an opportunity. 

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. –– The Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is laying off more than half of its workforce, about 1,600 workers, as a result of the economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 shock.  

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Companies owned by a pair of Michigan-based Native American tribes are facing what one tribal executive described as “circular exclusion” from the body that certifies Minority Business Enterprises. 

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Here's a round-up of business news involving tribes and Native-owned businesses including the maker of the popular TANKA Bar, the law firm that helped win the McGirt case, a California tribe that wants to build a prison on its reservation, an Alaska Native Corporation board member who was fined for a Facebook post, and more.   

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NEW BUFFALO, Mich. — Sports betting is now live at the three tribally owned Four Winds Casinos in Southwest Michigan.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — About three dozen non-gaming business entities owned and managed by Michigan tribes generated more than a quarter-billion dollars in economic impact across the state last year, according to a new study.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Native News Online announced today that Kyle Edwards has joined the staff as its first-ever managing editor. The hire is part of the publication’s broader initiative to expand its coverage of Indian Country and build its audience of Native and non-Native readers.

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HERNDON, Va. — The Alaska Native Corporation NANA has announced that one of its federal contracting subsidiaries has been awarded a $7 million contract from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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WASHINGTON — If the old adage “money talks” proves true, then the conversation about changing a racist team name just got a whole lot louder for Washington’s National Football League (NFL) team.