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By The Associated Press | Updated - Jun. 26, 2020 at 9:20 p.m. | Posted - Jun. 26, 2020 at 3:20 a.m.



TRIBES-CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUNDING

Judge: Alaska corporations can get tribal virus relief money

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Alaska Native corporations are eligible for a share of coronavirus relief funding set aside for tribes. Congress included $8 million for tribes in a relief package approved earlier this year. Tribal nations sued to keep it out of the hands of Alaska Native corporations, arguing they didn't qualify. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington, D.C., disagreed in a ruling late Friday. He said the corporations can be treated as tribal governments for limited purposes. Various tribes said they are reviewing the decision and deciding on the next steps. The Treasury Department didn't respond to a request for comment.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-WYOMING

Seven protesters arrested after march down Laramie street

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Laramie arrested seven protesters and cited five more at a demonstration Thursday. Laramie police say most arrests and citations were for disorderly conduct though one charge was for “amplified noise." Protests against police brutality and racism have occurred in Laramie since June 2, a week after the death of George Floyd under an officer’s knee in Minneapolis sparked protests nationwide. The Laramie Boomerang reports protests have often spilled into downtown streets. Police warned protesters earlier Thursday they planned to cite anybody blocking a street. Protesters marched down a major thoroughfare, Grand Avenue, until they met police who forced them onto a sidewalk.

COLLEGES-ATHLETICS CUT

Wyoming colleges plan to cut athletics amid funding crisis

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Two Wyoming community colleges plan to cut nearly all athletics in response to a funding crisis. Northern Wyoming Community College District trustees plan to consider a budget July 1 with an almost $4 million cut that includes $2.8 million in cuts to athletics at Sheridan and Gillette colleges. The Sheridan Press reports college officials also plan to cut two academic programs, culinary arts and hospitality management, and spending on campus police. College officials cited the coronavirus pandemic and expected steep cuts to state funding for colleges in announcing the cuts Thursday. Wyoming faces sharply reduced state revenue from fossil-fuel extraction and tourism.

SCHOOL GUN POSSESSION-SENTENCE

Wyoming teen gets up to 20 years for bringing guns to school

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Wyoming teenager to up to 20 years in prison for bringing firearms and ammunition to his school in 2018 after he said he was upset following his biological father’s death. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that Dale Warner, brought two handguns and ammunition to Sage Valley Junior High, where he was an eighth-grade student. The weapons were peacefully taken away.. Prosecutors say Warner, now 15, was initially charged as an adult but accepted a plea deal in January. The boy’s adopted father said his son needed to be held accountable but argued teenagers who committed similar crimes were not punished as severely.

TRIBES-OIL DRILLING

Blackfeet Nation drafts bill to protect Badger-Two Medicine

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Blackfeet Nation announced Thursday a proposal to permanently protect the Badger-Two Medicine as a cultural heritage area, shielding it from oil and gas drilling in northwestern Montana. A tribal official says designating the region a cultural heritage area would help permanently protect the area considered sacred. The proposal would continue to allow public access for traditional recreational uses and allow noncommercial timber harvest for forest health and fire protection. A citizen advisory group with tribal and non-tribal stakeholders would also be created to work with the U.S. Forest Service on a long-term management plan.

CONSTRUCTION WORKER KILLED

Worker killed, 3 others hurt when truck plows into job site

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A construction worker was killed and three others were seriously injured when they were hit by a pickup while working on the side of a road in northern Colorado. Fort Collins police say the pickup crossed over the oncoming lane of traffic and plowed into the workers in the western part of the city Friday morning. One of the workers died at the scene, and three others were hospitalized. The driver of the truck, 52-year-old Scott Duwaldt, of Laramie, Wyoming, was arrested on charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and driving under the influence. He was not injured.

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