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Judge sides with tribe, U.S. on Tongue River bed

A federal magistrate is siding with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and the federal government in a dispute over the Tongue River.

U.S. Magistrate Richard Anderson is recommending that a lawsuit challenging the ownership of the riverbed be dismissed. That would mean the tribe can claim half of the riverbed and that it is held in trust by the federal government.

The recommendation came in a lawsuit filed by Fidelity Exploration and Production Co. The company wanted to resolve the tribal ownership issue in order to proceed with oil and gas drilling.

A federal judge now has to accept or reject the magistrate's recommendation.

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