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PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — The Osage Nation knew the Jesuits had some documents relating to the history of the tribe.

Delving into those papers has brought new revelations.

"It was so much more," Osage Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear told the Tulsa World. "Many of the documents go to the unknown history of our tribe. It involves stories and legends that we did not know.

SEATTLE (AP) — A man, who federal prosecutors label a cheat and a bully, will spend time in prison for tax crimes.

Brent Meisner, who was found to have left about $170,000 in income off his 2009 tax return, was sentenced Friday to 1½ years prison, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Exhibition’s New York Engagements Coincide with 2017 Federal Holidays Honoring Veterans, Service members

In honor of Memorial Day and just in time for Fleet Week, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center will host the New York City debut of the museum’s newest traveling banner exhibition, “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces.” The weeklong presentation begins Thursday, May 25, and will run through Wednesday, May 31, in the center’s second-floor rotunda. The exhibition will also be presented during the Independence Day (June 29 to July 5) and Veterans Day (Nov. 9 to 15) holidays. Admission is free.

PICHER, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $5 million to the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma for continued cleanup efforts of the Tar Creek Superfund site.

The tribe will use the money to continue cleaning up contaminated soils on tribal lands.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A new Oklahoma law cracks down on protesters who trespass and anyone who financially supports them.

The Journal Record reports Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that will punish any person or organization affiliated with protests that result in property damage.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Roughly two years after an American Indian tribe began an ambitious push to open the nation’s first marijuana resort in South Dakota, a consultant who helped pursue the stalled venture is heading to trial on drug charges.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Tribes representing tens of thousands of indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada will be signing a declaration against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Canada and the Great Sioux Nation and Ponca tribe in the U.S. plan to sign their declaration at a ceremony Wednesday at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, the city where pipeline developer TransCanada Corp. is based.

"There is a historic union between first Americans in Canada and Native Americans in the United States," said Casey Camp-Horinek, a councilwoman with the Ponca tribe in Oklahoma. "Long before a border ever existed on a map, a fictitious line on a map, we were a united peoples in our approach to care of Mother Earth."

PUEBLO OF ACOMA, N.M. (AP) — With fewer than 100 speakers remaining, the Acoma Keres language is on the verge of extinction. Few young people under the age of 40 have learned the language. If no action is taken, the Native American Pueblo of Acoma stands to lose a fundamental part of its heritage, an Acoma educator said. Acoma's Department of Education and the Language Conservancy have created an Acoma Language Recovery Plan to restore the Keres language and preserve the pueblo's legacy for future generations. They wrapped up the first phase of the project mid-March.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An appeals court panel on Tuesday approved a lower court's plan for distributing $380 million left over from the U.S. government's loan discrimination settlement with American Indian farmers and ranchers six years ago.

The decision wasn't unanimous, however, with one of the three judges arguing that Congress should have had a say.

President Barack Obama's administration agreed in 2011 to pay $680 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in 1999 by Indian farmers who said they were denied loans for decades because of government discrimination. The lead plaintiffs were George and Marilyn Keepseagle, ranchers on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) – Mia LameBull sat petrified through her 2 p.m. class at Montana State University Northern, so afraid of what she just heard that she couldn't focus on anything else.

She'd arrived to class a bit early on April 10 and was settling into her seat as students in front of her talked about an email sent by a professor hours earlier. The email delivered a strong message from a deeply concerned educator, whose student came to him that morning to report racist remarks made by someone departing a Native American studies class.

Now as her afternoon class was about to start, LameBull, who is Native, overheard two white students discussing the issue. One made a comment so hateful it rendered her frozen.