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This is the third in a series of Q&A profiles spotlighting both established Native American business owners and emerging entrepreneurs who are working through the pandemic. Native News Online shares their story, including how they became the person they are today and how they’re coping with the COVID-19 crisis. If you have a suggestion for a person we should profile, please email [email protected]

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A federal judge ruled on Wednesday to revoke a key construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, halting construction of the controversial project.  

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DOWAGIAC, Mich. — The Pokagon Gaming Authority has implemented a temporary furlough for non-essential employees at its Four Winds Casinos in Michigan and Indiana, according to a WARN notice filed with the state of Michigan.  

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TOWAOC, Colo. — After the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel voluntarily closed on March 18 due to public health safety concerns over COVID-19, the casino and hotel employees did not sit idle for very long. Instead, they stepped up to lend a helping hand to ensure the Ute Mountain Tribe’s citizens received essential goods during the unprecedented situation created by the pandemic.

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SANTA FE, N.M. — Another major American Indian event has been postponed due to public health concerns relating to  COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). On Saturday, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), organizers of the annual Indian Market postponed this year’s event until August 2021.

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Lake Andes, S.D. — A coalition of Native American, rural and environmental groups have called on Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Canadian company TC Energy to halt all work on the Keystone XL pipeline project due to the COVID-19 public health threat. 

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SAN FRANCISCO — Banks nationwide struggled to meet the surging demand from small businesses trying to apply for loans and grants under the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  

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CALGARY, Alberta and HOUSTON — The Canadian energy firm behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline announced today that it will move forward with the long-delayed project, even as environmental groups and tribal nations continue to fight its construction amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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WASHINGTON — When Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman Cedric Cromwell took a call from the Bureau of Indian Affairs regional office late last Friday afternoon, he figured they were just checking in on how the tribe was dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.