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ICT’s Mary Annette Pember talks boarding schools

Mary Annette Pember, national correspondent for Indian Country Today, spoke with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly on Thursday about the U.S. Indigenous boarding schools that served as models for the Canadian system.

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Arizona regulators set target date for legal sports betting

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona gambling regulators said Wednesday they hope to have new licenses for sports gambling issued by the start of the 2021 National Football League season in September.

The announcement of the target date for new sports betting came just over two weeks after federal officials approved changes to the state’s tribal gaming compacts. That U.S. Department of Interior decision was needed for the new sports gambling law signed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey in April to go into effect.

(Related: Sports betting: The new, shiny toy)

The Arizona Department of Gaming can issue 10 licenses for sports books to major sport franchises, such as the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Coyotes and Phoenix Suns. Others eligible for sports gambling licenses include pro golfing and NASCAR events.

Tribes will be allowed to run sports betting operations at their casinos. Tribes and professional teams will also be allowed to run sports books near their respective venues.

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EXPLAINER: The suspension of Arctic refuge drilling leases

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Decades-long political and legal battles over drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge took another turn when the Biden administration suspended oil and gas leases in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The move this week was a blow to oil and gas proponents, who came as close as they ever have to starting a drilling program after the refuge was expanded 40 years ago to include the oil-rich coastal plain. The refuge was nearly opened to drilling in 1995 until President Clinton vetoed a bill sent to him by Congress.

Here is a look at the administration's decision and how it got there.

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Las Vegas feels tribal presence

Native nations doing business in Las Vegas. That’s soon expected to be the reality.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced plans in May to acquire the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. After closing its deals, San Manuel will become the second tribal nation to do major business in the entertainment capital of the world.

Actor and TV host Mario Lopez plays table games at the opening of the Mohegan Sun Casino Las Vegas on March 25, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the Mohegan Sun Casino Las Vegas)

The Mohegan Tribe operates the Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas. It opened in March 2021 and is a casino resort located east of the Strip.

San Manuel is no stranger to the area, having contributed money to the law school and college of hospitality at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. It also has partnerships with football’s Las Vegas Raiders and hockey’s Vegas Golden Knights.

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Judge declines to force fireworks at Mount Rushmore

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday rebuffed South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s efforts to order the National Park Service to grant the state permission to shoot fireworks from Mount Rushmore National Memorial to celebrate Independence Day this year.

Noem sued the U.S. Department of Interior in an effort to reverse its denial of the state’s permit for the pyrotechnic display. The Republican governor successfully pushed last year for a return of the event after a decade-long hiatus. But the National Park Service denied it this year, citing safety concerns and objections from local tribal nations.

Noem’s lawsuit also reignited legal skirmishing between her and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, which opposed the event on the grounds that the Black Hills, which contain Mount Rushmore, are sacred to the Lakota people.

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