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'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court
'Under Attack': Fate of tribal lending industry in hands of appeals court (May 6, 2019)

Tribes are paying close attention to a court case that they say will have a major impact on efforts to improve economic conditions in their communities.


Chippewa Cree Tribe loses bid to silence whistleblower
Chippewa Cree Tribe loses bid to silence whistleblower (August 21, 2018)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe remains on the hook for nearly $650,000 for retaliating against a former chairman who blew the whistle on corruption.


Chippewa Cree Tribe breaks ground on youth-driven skate park on reservation
Chippewa Cree Tribe breaks ground on youth-driven skate park on reservation (April 23, 2018)

A skate park is coming to the Rocky Boy's Reservation thanks to action from Chippewa Cree youth and some high-profile support.


MSU News: Chippewa Cree student bridges worlds with hand drum
MSU News: Chippewa Cree student bridges worlds with hand drum (March 30, 2018)

One Montana State University student has bridged the distance between two different worlds with his voice.


Chippewa Cree Tribe can't account for millions of dollars from federal contracts
Chippewa Cree Tribe can't account for millions of dollars from federal contracts (October 3, 2017)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe can't account for millions of dollars in federal spending and the Bureau of Indian Affairs doesn't appear to be helping matters.


Chippewa Cree Tribe set to recover $2.5M from online lending firm
Chippewa Cree Tribe set to recover $2.5M from online lending firm (May 4, 2017)

The guilty pleas are the latest to emerge from a wide-ranging corruption investigation on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana.


Chippewa Cree family lays young loved one Reece Morsette to rest
Chippewa Cree family lays young loved one Reece Morsette to rest (August 22, 2016)

Reece Troy Morsette, 15, loved riding horses and participating in rodeos.


Chippewa Cree Tribe celebrates 100th anniversary of reservation
Chippewa Cree Tribe celebrates 100th anniversary of reservation (August 8, 2016)

Congress created the Rocky Boy's Reservation in 1916 as a homeland for the Chippewa and Cree peoples.


Another guilty plea in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption scandal
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Another guilty plea in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption scandal (July 1, 2016)

Brian Kelly Eagleman, a former council member, is the latest to admit guilt as part of a wide-ranging investigation on the reservation.


Tribal lenders face pressure as new rule aims to end 'debt traps'
Tribal lenders face pressure as new rule aims to end 'debt traps' (June 7, 2016)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a 1,341-page proposal that imposes standards on all lenders, including those operated by tribes.


Native-African man undergoes surgery again after racial attack
Native-African man undergoes surgery again after racial attack (May 17, 2016)

Clayton Denny (Chippewa Cree) is recovering in Montana after suffering serious injuries in a race-related incident in neighboring Wyoming.


Native-African man beaten in race-related incident in Wyoming
Native-African man beaten in race-related incident in Wyoming (May 16, 2016)

Clayton Denny, a 25-year-old veterans of the U.S. Marines, was attacked by two men but Wyoming does not have a hate crimes statute.


Chippewa Cree Tribe and FBI investigate theft of drugs at clinic
Chippewa Cree Tribe and FBI investigate theft of drugs at clinic (April 27, 2016)

Surveillance footage shows two people who stole medications that could be dangerous and even deadly if consumed.


Lending firm accused of stealing $3.5M from Chippewa Cree Tribe
Lending firm accused of stealing $3.5M from Chippewa Cree Tribe (April 13, 2016)

The case stems from a long-running investigation into corruption on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana.


Chippewa Cree Tribe yet to emerge from wide-ranging scandal
Chippewa Cree Tribe yet to emerge from wide-ranging scandal (March 29, 2016)

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Montana has uncovered a significant number of crimes on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in the last few years.


Native Sun News: Uranium mine near sacred site seeks to expand
Native Sun News: Uranium mine near sacred site seeks to expand (March 23, 2016)

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is inviting the public to comment on proposed expansion of Australia’s largest U.S. aquifer mining operation, also Wyoming’s newest uranium mine, located near Mato Tipila.


Chippewa Cree Tribe accused of overbilling Montana for pipeline
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Chippewa Cree Tribe accused of overbilling Montana for pipeline (February 26, 2016)

The alleged overbilling occurred when the head of the Montana tribe's construction company admitted he took bribes and accepted kickbacks.


Bureau of Reclamation emphasizes tribal water rights settlements
Bureau of Reclamation emphasizes tribal water rights settlements (February 9, 2016)

The agency is seeking $131.2 million to implement and maintain settlements for tribes in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.


Chippewa Cree Tribe received $420M in federal funds over five years
Chippewa Cree Tribe received $420M in federal funds over five years (December 3, 2015)

Tribal leaders, employees and associates have stolen millions of dollars through various theft, embezzlement and bribery schemes on the reservation.


Plea deal entered in Chippewa Cree Tribe online lending case
Plea deal entered in Chippewa Cree Tribe online lending case (November 17, 2015)

Neal Rosette and Billi Anne Morsette are admitting to bribery, theft and income tax charges and have agreed to repay the tribe a total of $1.2 million.


More executives targeted in Chippewa Cree Tribe criminal probe
More executives targeted in Chippewa Cree Tribe criminal probe (August 31, 2015)

Three executives disclosed the investigation as part of a civil lawsuit filed against them by the tribe.


Former executives charged with theft from Chippewa Cree Tribe
Former executives charged with theft from Chippewa Cree Tribe (August 26, 2015)

Neal Rosette and Billi Anne Morsette are accused of writing checks to themselves and to entities controlled by a former chairman of the tribe.


Chippewa Cree Tribe slams online lending lawsuit as 'baseless'
Chippewa Cree Tribe slams online lending lawsuit as 'baseless' (August 5, 2015)

The tribe reportedly only received 4.5 percent of the revenues from Plain Green Loans.


Another sentence in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption scandal
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Another sentence in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption scandal (July 30, 2015)

Larry Ray Denny abandoned his job at the Bureau of Land Management in Virginia in order to work for the tribe in Montana.


Former Chippewa Cree Tribe chair sentenced in corruption case
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Former Chippewa Cree Tribe chair sentenced in corruption case (July 29, 2015)

John "Chance" Houle admitted he accepted bribes and kickbacks from companies and vendors that did business with the tribe.


Ex-BLM official sentenced in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case
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Ex-BLM official sentenced in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case (July 8, 2015)

The probe reached all the way to a Bureau of Land Management office in Virginia where two former employees were convicted.


Two face sentencing as part of Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case
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Two face sentencing as part of Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case (July 7, 2015)

The probe reached all the way to a Bureau of Land Management office in Virginia where two employees have been convicted of crimes.


Chippewa Cree Tribe elects Ken St. Marks as chair for fourth time
Chippewa Cree Tribe elects Ken St. Marks as chair for fourth time (July 2, 2015)

Rivals have removed Ken St. Marks from office three times but keeps wining the support of the people.


Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption continues with more charges
Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption continues with more charges (June 25, 2015)

A businessman whose firm received $10.6 million in federal funds is accused of bribing the tribe's roads director in exchange for a contract.


Chippewa Cree Tribe faces additional review of federal funding
Chippewa Cree Tribe faces additional review of federal funding (June 23, 2015)

At least 18 people on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana have been caught stealing and auditors are worried about fraud.


Chippewa Cree Tribe hit with class action over online lending
Chippewa Cree Tribe hit with class action over online lending (May 15, 2015)

Two consumers from Vermont are accusing Plain Green Loans of predatory lending practices.


Chippewa Cree Tribe rejects order to reinstate ousted leader
Chippewa Cree Tribe rejects order to reinstate ousted leader (May 4, 2015)

Chairman Ken St. Marks was the victim of retaliation, according to the Interior Department, but rival leaders won't be bringing him back on board.


Chippewa Cree Tribe ordered to pay $648K to ousted chairman
Chippewa Cree Tribe ordered to pay $648K to ousted chairman (April 29, 2015)

Ken St. Marks has won three elections but has repeatedly faced retaliation from his fellow council members.


Guilty pleas and sentences for Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption
Guilty pleas and sentences for Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption (April 20, 2015)

The former president of Stone Child College and her husband pleaded guilty to federal income tax fraud.


Bureau of Reclamation seeks $20.3M for tribal water projects
Bureau of Reclamation seeks $20.3M for tribal water projects (March 31, 2015)

The funding requests benefit the Fort Peck Tribes and the Chippewa Cree Tribe, both in Montana, and tribes in South Dakota.


Another conviction from Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption probe
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Another conviction from Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption probe (March 27, 2015)

A former Bureau of Land Management official is the latest to be ensnared in the ongoing case.


Authorities connect brawl in small city to reservation dispute
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Authorities connect brawl in small city to reservation dispute (March 19, 2015)

Seven people have been charged in connection with a dispute that involved a running chain saw.


Another guilty plea from Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case
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Another guilty plea from Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case (March 19, 2015)

A Bureau of Land Management employee engaged in contract work with the tribe will receiving his federal salary.


Defendant disputes plea in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case
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Defendant disputes plea in Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption case (March 16, 2015)

The crime stems from the transfer of a vehicle worth $25,000 to the tribe's former chairman, who was sentenced last week.


Tribes in Montana still looking at jurisdiction provisions in VAWA
Tribes in Montana still looking at jurisdiction provisions in VAWA (March 13, 2015)

The Crow Tribe and the Chippewa Cree Tribe aren't ready but the Fort Peck Tribes are among the first in the nation to exercise authority over non-Indians.


Former Chippewa Cree Tribe chairman sentenced to 34 months
Former Chippewa Cree Tribe chairman sentenced to 34 months (March 11, 2015)

Bruce Sunchild admitted that he accepted a Chevrolet Suburban -- a bribe worth $25,000 -- in exchange for steering a $300,000 tribal contract to an associate.


Leader of Chippewa Cree Tribe ousted from office for 3rd time
Leader of Chippewa Cree Tribe ousted from office for 3rd time (March 4, 2015)

Ken St. Marks accused his rivals on the council of 'making up lies' about him.


Minor setback in corruption probe on Rocky Boy's Reservation
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Minor setback in corruption probe on Rocky Boy's Reservation (February 23, 2015)

Melody Henry, the former president of Stone Child College, and her husband, who used to work at the college, were acquitted on all counts.


Chippewa Cree Tribe returns ousted leader to chairman's post
Chippewa Cree Tribe returns ousted leader to chairman's post (February 5, 2015)

Ken St. Marks defeated three rivals in a special election.


Another guilty conviction and indictment for Chippewa Cree Tribe
Another guilty conviction and indictment for Chippewa Cree Tribe (January 30, 2015)

A former finance manager of the tribe's health clinic was found guilty while a former official was indicted on bribery and theft charges.


Former Chippewa Cree Tribe chair pleads guilty in corruption case
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Former Chippewa Cree Tribe chair pleads guilty in corruption case (December 9, 2014)

John “Chance” Houle admitted he accepted bribes and kickbacks from companies and vendors that did business with the tribe.


Ousted leader of Chippewa Cree Tribe denies theft accusations
Ousted leader of Chippewa Cree Tribe denies theft accusations (December 3, 2014)

Ken St. Marks has been removed from his post for the second time in two years.


Leaders of Chippewa Cree Tribe try to remove chairman again
Leaders of Chippewa Cree Tribe try to remove chairman again (December 2, 2014)

An outside attorney came all the way from Philadelphia to read a series of allegations against Chairman Ken St. Marks.


Harold Monteau: Teach children about our positive tribal values
Harold Monteau: Teach children about our positive tribal values (November 24, 2014)

It's never too late to change lives, especially our own


Chippewa Cree Tribe swears in chairman more than a year later
Chippewa Cree Tribe swears in chairman more than a year later (November 24, 2014)

Ken St. Marks has supported a federal investigation into corruption on the reservation.


Former chairman of Chippewa Cree Tribe enters guilty plea
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Former chairman of Chippewa Cree Tribe enters guilty plea (November 13, 2014)

Bruce Sunchild admitted he stole money from the tribe and its health clinic.


Republican lawmaker for reservations has felony conviction
Republican lawmaker for reservations has felony conviction (November 10, 2014)

Gilbert Bruce Meyers, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, was ordered to live away from his family after a child abuse conviction.


Former chairman of Chippewa Cree Tribe faces more charges
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Former chairman of Chippewa Cree Tribe faces more charges (October 31, 2014)

Bruce Sunchild is accused of stealing money from the tribe's health clinic.


Zachary Pullin: Native Americans overcame barriers to voting
Zachary Pullin: Native Americans overcame barriers to voting (October 29, 2014)

Member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe explains why he exercises his right to vote.


Former health executive from Chippewa Cree Tribe sentenced
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Former health executive from Chippewa Cree Tribe sentenced (October 23, 2014)

Fawn Patricia Ann Tadios was using tribal funds to visit her husband while he was in prison.


Former chairman of Chippewa Cree Tribe to enter guilty plea
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Former chairman of Chippewa Cree Tribe to enter guilty plea (September 25, 2014)

Bruce Sunchild will plead guilty to theft and bribery charges.


Six people indicted as Guardians Project continues in Montana
Six people indicted as Guardians Project continues in Montana (September 24, 2014)

A husband and wife at Rocky Boy's, along with a husband and wife and their two children from Fort Peck, are the latest to be snared by federal prosecutors.


Rep. Daines praises House action on tribal general welfare bill
Rep. Daines praises House action on tribal general welfare bill (September 18, 2014)

The Montana Republican said the measure will help tribes provide general welfare services to their people without fear of audits and enforcement actions from the IRS.


Chippewa Cree Tribe only receives 4.5 percent of loan revenues
Chippewa Cree Tribe only receives 4.5 percent of loan revenues (September 10, 2014)

The company that provides the technology for the business reportedly receives 95.5 percent.


Chippewa Cree Tribe was awarded $1.1M over payday loan deal
Chippewa Cree Tribe was awarded $1.1M over payday loan deal (September 9, 2014)

The tribe's partner in an online loan business secretly funneled payments to three tribal members.