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Indian tribes fear Trump will be a buzzkill for their marijuana business

WASHINGTON - When the Yakama Nation announced in 2013 that it had no interest in selling pot, its chairman said the tribe had “a long and unpleasant history with marijuana, just as we have had with alcohol.” But other tribes are raring to gain a foothold in the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry – and they say it would be a mistake for President Donald Trump’s administration to try to stop them. Read more here:


Lakota youth set up beekeeping business

RAPID CITY –– Lakota youth from the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation fledgling social enterprise Honey Lodge are scheduled to bring their locally raised honey products to the Central States Fairgrounds to join dozens of other sales and exhibitors’ booths at the Second Annual Earth Day Expo 2017, taking place here April 21-23 The youth are trying to support their non-profit’s after-school and summer programs while creating a future job source and economic driver for their community. They hope beekeeping will provide opportunity for the...


MyPillow lays off 140 workers because of slower sales

A delay in new commercials and slower sales have led to an inventory glut for MyPillow, and the Chaska company has laid off 140 of its 1,600 employees, CEO Mike Lindell said. “I was so devastated by having to do it, but we don’t have room to make any more pillows,” Lindell said. “When we get our advertising done we are going to be hiring back.”


Mashantucket Tribe expresses interest in growing industrial hemp

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is exploring the possibility of growing hemp on its lands in Connecticut, The New London Day reports. The tribe is still in the "early research phase," a spokesperson told the paper. Crops could be used for a variety of purposes if the effort goes forward.


The world's biggest polluter still thinks climate change is a problem

President Donald Trump may have little interest in climate change. But in China, the government, and increasingly the public, see it as a real danger. Climate change is considered responsible for rising sea levels that threaten coastal cities as well as for aggravating droughts in the north, floods in the south and, as it now turns out, the omnipresent smog.


A Fight Between Native American Lenders And The Government Could Reach The Supreme Court

High interest lenders owned by Native American tribes could take their dispute with the federal government to the Supreme Court, in a case that would pit tribal sovereignty against consumer protection laws. From their offices in Native American lands, the online lenders offer small loans at sky-high interest rates to people across the country. A $500 loan advertised by online lender Great Plains, owned by the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma, comes with an additional $686.66 in interest and fees to be paid back, on top of the $500...


The sad saga of North Korea's airport ATMs

PYONGYANG, North Korea — No modern airport terminal is complete without an ATM, and Pyongyang's now has two. But they don't work — because of new Chinese sanctions, according to bank employees — and it's not clear when they will. ATMs are an alien enough concept in North Korea that those in the capital's shiny new Sunan International Airport have a video screen near the top showing how they work and how to set up an account to use them. The explanatory video is in Korean, but the machines, which are meant primarily for Chinese...


Wisconsin tribes clash in casino expansion fight

BOWLER, Wis. — At 85, Betty Putnam-Schiel has trouble standing, but she gets along well enough in her home on the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans' northern Wisconsin reservation thanks to tribal assistants who do everything from shoveling her snow to changing her lightbulbs. But maybe not for much longer. Another tribe, the Ho-Chunk Nation, is expanding its nearby casino into a full-fledged resort that would rival the Stockbridge-Munsee's own casino, threatening the gambling revenue that supports services like Putnam-Schiel's helpers....


Tribes could benefit from cigarette tax increase -- or not

Tribal treasuries could be collateral beneficiaries of a state cigarette tax increase, but it’s not clear Oklahoma’s Indian nations are all that eager for such a potential windfall. Almost no one in state or tribal government is willing to talk about it on the record, but the proposed $1.50 cigarette tax increase wafting through the Capitol smells like trouble to at least some tribes as well as state officials and most non-tribal retailers.


Blowing Smoke: Winnebago factory produces more than a billion cigarettes per year

WINNEBAGO, Neb. | A factory on the Winnebago Tribe's reservation, bordering a corn field, churns out products from a much different cash crop. At its peak, Rock River Manufacturing's 15,000-square-foot plant produces 5,000 cigarettes a minute, or 1.1 billion per year. The latter number is more than enough to circle the planet a few times, plant director Adam Bowen said.


Cherokee Nation sues drug firms, retailers for flooding communities with opioids

Lawyers for the Cherokee Nation opened a new line of attack against the pharmaceutical industry Thursday, filing a lawsuit in tribal court that accuses the nation’s six top drug distributors and pharmacies of flooding communities in Oklahoma with hundreds of millions of highly addictive pain pills. The suit alleges that the companies violated sovereign Cherokee laws by failing to prevent the diversion of pain pills to the black market, profiting from the growing opioid epidemic and decimating communities across the nation’s 14 counties in...


Minnesota Grown announces Retailer of the Year winners

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown program announced the winners of its annual Retailer of the Year contest today in conjunction with the Minnesota Grocers Association. Assistant Commissioner Andrea Vaubel presented awards at the annual Minnesota Grocers Association luncheon in Bloomington. Four regional winners and the annual People’s Choice award were announced. “Grocers make it possible for Minnesotans to buy fresh, locally-grown produce and agricultural products,” said Assistant...


Minnesota continues to be a top state for wind power

Minnesota continued to be one of the top wind power states in 2016, and Xcel Energy the nation’s top wind energy utility. The annual report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), released Wednesday in St. Paul, showed wind power had a strong year nationally, with generating capacity increasing 11 percent or 8,203 megawatts. A megawatt is a million watts, and 2016 marked the second consecutive year the industry topped 8,000 megawatts after a couple of lean years.


David Archambault: Standing Rock Sioux will 'try to stop the oil from flowing'

GRAND FORKS – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will continue to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline even as the date nears for expected oil transportation, Tribal Chair David Archambault said Tuesday at the University of North Dakota. “We’re going to try to stop the oil from flowing,” Archambault said. “We’re going to build awareness about the investors, the lenders, the banks, the financial institutions who fund projects like this and who fund companies like Energy Transfer Partners.”


CashCall Blames Law Firm For Staggering Loss

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) – Asserting damages of more than half a billion dollars, consumer lender CashCall has sued Katten Muchin Rosenman and a top partner for malpractice, claiming the law firm steered the company to partner with a Cheyenne tribal businessman in a scheme to avoid state lending laws – a scheme courts and regulators later struck down. CashCall and its owner and sole shareholder, J. Paul Reddam, say they created a national lending program based on assurances from Katten Muchin and partner Claudia Callaway that “that Native...


Texas oilman sues for access to Blackfeet sacred land

One of three remaining energy development leaseholders in the Badger-Two Medicine area south of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation has sued the federal government for access to the land, despite the Department of Interior’s cancellation of the leases in January. W.A. Moncrief of Fort Worth, Texas, filed his case on April 3, claiming “sudden cancellation of a federal oil and gas lease more than 35 years after its issuance.” Moncrief’s case goes before the same federal judge in Washington, D.C., who is hearing the case of Solenex LLC....


Judge rules Dakota Access pipeline company can keep spill risks secret from the public

Despite concerns that the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline could threaten the primary source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux, a federal judge ruled that the pipeline’s developer can keep some information about spill risks secret from the public. The ruling — which would permit Energy Transfer Partners, the developer of the pipeline, to keep information about spill risks at certain points along the pipeline shielded from the public — comes after unknown protesters used a torch to burn holes in empty above-ground...


First Nations aim to capitalize on economic opportunity of legal pot industry

First Nations want to be among those cashing in on what could become a multibillion-dollar industry if the federal government follows through on making marijuana a legal recreational drug in Canada. The Trudeau government's goal is to make legalization a reality on or before July 1, 2018. Several First Nations are already trying to get into into the business of producing pot.


North Dakota oil production again tops 1 million barrels per day

North Dakota oil production jumped 5 percent in February over January, topping the 1 million barrel per day mark. The state’s oil fields pumped out 1.03 million barrels per day in February, only the third month since July that the 1 million barrel-per-day mark has been reached, according to data released Thursday by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. Low oil prices have been putting a damper on production.


Indigenous leaders call province's decision to close northern airport a 'heavy-handed approach'

Northern Manitoba indigenous leaders criticized the province Thursday for a unilateral decision on budget day to shutter an airport used mostly for medivacs and air ambulances in The Pas. The Grace Lake Airport, located 15 minutes drive from the local hospital, is one of two airports in The Pas. The Tory government served notice to the general office of the Mathias Colomb band it will shut down the airport June 15.


Indigenous-owned company brings renewable energy to First Nations

W Dusk is helping to install renewable energy sources in First Nations across the country, providing an alternative to diesel and gas. The Vancouver-based company launches renewable energy projects, often in First Nations, with a focus on adding to the beauty of the environment and hiring locals to help with the installation. It specializes in renewable energy projects involving solar, wind and hydrokinetic energy.


Sun Country to name each plane after a Minnesota lake

Sun Country Airlines passengers may soon hear "Welcome aboard Lake Minnetonka!" as they settle into their seats. The Eagan-based airline is honoring its home state by naming each of its airplanes after a different Minnesota lake. Sun Country hopes the project endears itself to its customers and that it promotes the state to people in other markets.


Coeur d'Alene Tribe resumes gillnetting pike in Idaho

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is using gillnets to cut down on northern pike in hopes of helping cutthroat trout populations in northern Idaho. Northern pike are prized by some anglers, but they eat native cutthroat trout, which return to Lake Coeur d'Alene every year as they migrate to their spawning grounds. The Spokesman-Review reports the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are using the nets so they can catch, tag and then transport the predators to an area of the lake where they are less likely...


Wells Fargo claws back $75M from top execs in sales scandal

NEW YORK — The problems at Wells Fargo and its overly aggressive sales culture date back at least 15 years, and management had little interest in dealing with the issue until it spiraled out of control resulting in millions of accounts being opened fraudulently, according to an investigation by the company's board of directors. The bank's board also clawed back another $75 million in pay from two former executives, CEO John Stumpf and community bank executive Carrie Tolstedt, saying both executives dragged their feet for years regarding...


Stittsworth Meats receives state grant, plans $1.86 million expansion

BEMIDJI -- After roughly 25 years in business, Bemidji butcher company Stittsworth Meats is preparing to take another step forward. According to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the company is planning a $1.86 million expansion that will enable the business to sell its products more locally. The project includes the creation of a mobile slaughter unit as well as a new manufacturing and processing plant.


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