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WASHINGTON — The United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced that it is awarding more than $1.5 million in grants to two entities that serve tribal communities.

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On this past weekend’s Native Bidaské (Spotlight), Native News Online’s Neely Bardwell and Kristen Lilya welcomed Elva Guerra to the show. 

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North Dakota is the only state in the nation without some form of voter registration. All an eligible voter needs to do to cast a vote on election day is provide acceptable identification, such as a state or tribal issued identification card that includes a physical address within the voting precinct. 

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This week’s Tribal Business News round-up looks at new funding opportunities around broadband access in tribal communities, whether legislation to assist Native farmers and ranchers will cut it, details on new tribal business acquisitions, and how a long-planned commercial project expects to move forward with new federal grant dollars.

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WASHINGTON — 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 during the past week.

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For the first time in its 43-year history, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a national strategy to address its responsibilities when preparing for and responding to disasters on tribal lands.

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Two Indigenous candidates vying for seats in the U.S. House won primary elections this week in Wyoming and Alaska, earning them a chance to be the first Native women to represent their respective states in Congress. 

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Indian Country artist Walter Roy “Bunky” Echo-Hawk Jr. (Pawnee Nation/Yakama Nation) faces a second felony charge in a criminal child abuse case originally filed against him earlier this year in the District Court of Pawnee County in Oklahoma.

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Federally recognized tribes can apply for the Department of the Interior’s 2022 Tribal Broadband Grant Program that helps federally recognized tribes to expand or develop their internet capabilities.