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Former Navy pilot describes encounter with UFO studied by secret Pentagon program

For most of his 18-year career as a U.S. Navy pilot, Cmdr. David Fravor said his mother-in-law used to ask him a question: Had he seen a UFO? For 15 years, the answer was no. But one clear afternoon off the coast of California in 2004, he says, that changed. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/check...

 

The final GOP plan does more for the middle class than earlier versions, but still skews heavily to the wealthy

The final Republican tax bill contains slightly more in tax relief for the middle class than did its earlier versions, but the wealthy remain the biggest winners in the plan, a nonpartisan tax analysis group concluded Monday. The GOP bill, which Republicans expect to pass through the House and Senate this week, would...

 

U.S. declares North Korea carried out massive WannaCry cyberattack

The Trump administration on Monday evening publicly acknowledged that North Korea was behind the WannaCry computer worm that affected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries earlier this year. As a result, the administration will be calling on “all responsible states” to counter North Korea’s ability...

 

Farm Advocates Expand Statewide Reach

St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has added another Farm Advocate to its ranks. Steve Zenk joined the team earlier this fall, bringing the total number of statewide Farm Advocates to 10. Farm Advocates provide free, one-on-one assistance to Minnesota farmers facing crises caused by natural...

 

Franken urged to reverse his resignation

At least four senators are urging Al Franken to reconsider resigning, including two who issued statements calling for the resignation two weeks ago and said they now feel remorse over what they feel was a rush to judgment. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who urged Franken not to step down to begin with — at least not...

 

Minneapolis Startup Sezzle Approved for DEED Loan

ST. PAUL – Minneapolis financial technology startup Sezzle has been approved for a $250,000 loan from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The funding was approved through DEED’s Angel Loan Fund, which provides loans equal to 10 percent of private equity raised by qualifying...

 

Winter is coming to the Twin Cities - and you're going to notice

When winter officially arrives on Thursday, Twin Cities residents are definitely going to notice. Although the metro enjoyed a (comparatively) balmy high of 42 degrees on Monday, temperatures will drop off steadily throughout the week, said Jacob Beitlich, a...

 

Fear of losing heritage drives Cherokee Nation opioid case

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation officials say fear of losing the tribe’s heritage is driving a lawsuit that alleges distributors and retailers of opioid medications have contributed to prescription opioid abuse within the tribe. The New York Times reports that opioid use is so prevalent that 70 percent of...

 

In the shadow of wind farms: Some resist as wind industry booms

Wind energy development has soared in the past decade. Industrial turbines that once occupied mainly barren landscapes like California’s Mojave Desert now stretch from the western plains to the rolling hills of New England. The majority straddle the Midwest, where average wind speeds clock higher and stronger inside...

 

Supreme Court Rejects Tribal Lenders' Petition to Avoid CFPB CID

On December 11, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected without comment a petition from online tribal lending entities to appeal a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that ordered the entities to comply with a CFPB investigation related to small-dollar loan products. As previously covered by InfoBytes, the entities argued...

 

Alcohol Deliveries Resume on North Dakota Reservation

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Alcohol deliveries have resumed on an American Indian reservation in North Dakota after tribal leaders temporarily shelved new rules and higher taxes on booze, state Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said Monday. The move comes after the Three Affiliated Tribes in November established new...

 

Federal Report Finds DOJ Falling Short in Tribal Law Enforcement

The Tribal Law and Order Act requires the DOJ provide assistance to tribal law enforcement agencies with investigations, training and data collection. The report from the department’s inspector general, however, shows federal agents, tribal police and U.S. Attorney offices haven’t yet developed a uniform system...

 

Inuk woman with liver disease improves but family hopes for wider policy change

TORONTO — The family of an Inuk woman struggling with acute liver failure is expressing optimism about her improving condition, while urging the rapid end of policies that deny transplants to alcoholics who haven't abstained from drinking for half a year. Garrett Saunders said in an interview from the transplant...

 

Southern Utes usher in new leadership

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe will welcome two new council members and a new tribal chairwoman following Friday’s runoff election. Unofficial results show Christine Baker-Sage pulled off a narrow election victory against opponent Shane Seibel for the position of tribal chair. https://durangoherald...

 

What happened when a Native American woman refused to marry the 'white man's way'

ASTORIA — The Clatsop County Historical Society’s lecture series, Thursday Night Talks, continues Dec. 21 with a look into the county’s first known probate case. The Oregon Territorial Court Journal, recently found in the basement of the Astoria Library, sheds new light on the county’s first probate case,...

 

How Native American Artists Are Getting the Market Boost They Need

Check anyone’s Instagram feed from Coachella this year (or last, or the year before) and you’re likely to see feathers, beads, and moccasins. Urban Outfitters sold Navajo Hipster Panties. And the Santa Fe Indian Market (SWAIA) drew more than 175,000 people since 2014, who collectively spent $140 million, up from...

 

British Columbia bans grizzly bear hunting

British Columbia on Monday (local time) banned all grizzly bear hunting in the western Canadian province with immediate effect, expanding on its existing ban on trophy hunting. In August, the provincial government had said it would end trophy hunting of the bears but allow hunting for meat. https://...

 

Udall Co-sponsored Bill To Restore Tribal Jurisdiction Over Domestic Violence To Children, Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the bipartisan Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA) to build on the Tribal jurisdiction provisions in...

 

Washington state cancels salmon farm lease after fish escape

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state officials have canceled an Atlantic salmon farm lease belonging to a company that also operates another salmon farm where more than 160,000 adult fish escaped into the Puget Sound last summer. Public Lands State Commissioner Hilary Franz says the decision is final with no room for...

 

Navy pilot recalls encounter with UFO: 'I think it was not from this world'

Retired Cmdr. David Fravor spent 18 years as a Navy pilot, but nothing prepared him for what he witnessed during a routine training mission on Nov. 14, 2004. "I can tell you, I think it was not from this world," Fravor told ABC News. "I'm not crazy, haven't been drinking. It was — after 18 years of flying, I've seen...

 

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