Judge tosses suit challenging tribe's ownership

A federal judge in Montana has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the Northern Cheyenne Tribe's ownership of the Tongue River bed.

U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull adopted the recommendations of a magistrate who sided with the tribe and the United States in a lawsuit filed by an energy development firm. Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. had claimed rights to drill in the Tongue River.

The tribe owns at least half of the riverbed under a federal agreement.

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