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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the appointment of Judge Allie Greenleaf Maldonado to the Michigan Court of Appeals, making her the the first tribal citizen appointed to the court.  Judge Maldonado currently serves as the Chief Judge of the Little Traverse Bay Bands (LTBB) of Odawa Indians Trial Court.

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a tribal summit with leaders from the 12 federally recognized tribes in Michigan at the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ Kewadin Casino Resort in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. on Tuesday.

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This week in Tribal Business News, a Native-owned fintech company raises $2.2M in pre-seed capital; an Oklahoma Tribe prepares for upcoming drone flight coordinator; and a new report examines how digital redlining stymies broadband in Indian Country.  
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WASHINGTON  — Hundreds of tribal leaders attended the White House Tribal Nations Summit last week in the nation's capital. While most of the summit dealt with policy issues that impact Indian Country, some moments were worth noting, as captured by Native News Online:

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Indigenous leaders across Canada are calling for a national state of emergency following one man’s serial murder of four First Nations women in Winnipeg, Manitoba, within weeks of one another in the spring of 2022.
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WASHINGTON — The biggest news out of the nation's capitol for Indian Country this week was the convening of the White House Tribal Nations Summit that was held on Wednesday (Nov. 30) and Thursday (Dec. 1). In addition to articles already covered by Native News Online, here is a roundup of other news released from Washington, D.C. that impacts Indian Country this past week.

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WASHINGTON—Health and justice were the buzzwords that drove conversation on Thursday, Dec. 1, the second day of the White House Tribal Nations Summit that drew more than 300 tribal leaders from across the country to discuss policy with federal employees.

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In honor of GivingTuesday, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians yesterday surprised 10 Native-led nonprofit organizations with donations of $100,000 each. 

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A room full of leaders from more than 300 Tribal Nations on Wednesday whooped and hollered as President Joe Biden took the stage to address them at the White House Tribal Nations Summit in Washington D.C.