North Dakota tribe apologizes for finance mishap
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of North Dakota apologized to employees and members for a finance mishap that affected payroll and tribal government services.

The tribe's bank accounts were frozen as part of a $6.3 million dispute with an Indian-owned company that won an arbitration case. "While we are extremely dissatisfied with the outcome of that arbitration and the extreme measures taken against the tribe and our enrolled members, it is an issue that needed to be addressed in order for the tribe to continue its duty to provide governmental services to our members, our elders and the many people who rely on the Three Affiliated Tribes," Chairman Marcus Levings said in a statement to The Minot Daily News.

Levings said the tribe made some changes to its partnership with Red Willow, the oil and gas business of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado, in order to obtain $10 million and pay off the judgment.

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