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Will land near Woodbury spawn a casino? Residents worried, but Indians say not now

An American Indian tribe has taken the first step to reclassify 112 acres in West Lakeland Township as part of its “sovereign nation,” opening the door to development. Even though the tribe says the land probably will be used for housing, neighbors are still worried that it may be used for a casino....

 

Judge throws out Allergan patent, slams company's Native American deal

A federal judge ruled today that patents protecting Allergan's $1.5 billion blockbuster dry-eye drug, Restasis, are invalid due to obviousness. The international drug company's stock dropped about five percent on the news. The ruling by US Circuit Judge William Bryson could have wide effects on the patent landscape...

 

Walmart Canada pulls Indigenous Halloween costumes from website

Walmart Canada has pulled a number of Halloween costumes from its website, including "native princess" and "chief," and will begin a consultation process to revisit its "guidelines that address cultural sensitivity," CBC Toronto has learned. CBC Toronto was investigating a complaint about an afro wig for sale at a...

 

'Years in the making': Tribal pot store near downtown to open Monday

Nevada’s largest marijuana retail facility and first on tribal lands will open its doors to the public on at 10 a.m. Monday. About 200 tribal leaders and families celebrated the announcement with industry members and elected officials in a private gathering Saturday inside the new 15,500 square-foot Nuwu Cannabis...

 

Hy-Vee, Pinky Swear Foundation Raise $882,000 for Children With Cancer and Their Families

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Oct. 11, 2017) — Hy-Vee, Inc., in partnership with Pinky Swear Foundation, a national charitable organization that supports children with cancer and their families, announced today that its summer events have raised more than $882,000 from 4,331 participants to support the organization’s...

 

New agreement to see Novomatic install Novo TouchBet at Foxwoods

The US subsidiary of the Novomatic Group, Novomatic Americas, has reportedly penned a multi-year agreement with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation-owned Foxwoods Resort Casino that will see 54 of the Austria-based company’s dealer-assisted Electronic Table Games (ETGs) installed at the Connecticut resort casino...

 

Hy-Vee Recognizes National Seafood Month, Begins Offering Fair Trade Certified Fresh and Frozen Scallops

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Oct. 4, 2017) —Today, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced it will offer Fair Trade Certified™ fresh and frozen scallops in all 245 of its stores, making it the first Midwest retailer to do so. The world’s first domestically-sourced Fair Trade seafood will begin hitting Hy-Vee shelves this month in...

 

Members of Congress Side-Eye Pharma Company for Patent Shenanigans

Congress is taking drug company Allergan to task for a bizarre legal scheme that involves using a Native American tribe as a shield against patent challenges. On Sept. 8, the pharmaceutical maker announced that it would be transferring disputed patents for Restasis, a dry-eye drug, to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe,...

 

Native American Leaders Meet to Discuss Cannabis Businesses on Tribal Lands

As cannabis legalization unfurls across the United States, a number of Native American tribes are looking to the plant as an economic boon to help their struggling communities. Last week, tribal leaders from California and Washington state met to discuss allowing their lands to be used for pot businesses. According to...

 

Hemp pills and oils make brief appearance at Target.com, get purged from the site

The cannabis oils and pills, which go by the brand-name Charlotte’s Web, do not get users high. Users say it is helpful in treating seizures and other ailments. Although some medical marijuana advocates celebrated the appearance of Charlotte’s Web products on Target’s website, the product was quickly made...

 

After hurricanes, water-damaged cars flood the market. BBB urges extra caution.

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota on Wednesday warned consumers to beware of hurricane-damaged vehicles that may soon be on the market in the Midwest. While these vehicles are often restored before being sold, a salvage title denotes whether the vehicle has been damaged or deemed a total loss by...

 

Apple is being sued for patent infringement by a Native American tribe

Apple gets sued for patent infringement dozens of times each year, mostly by little-known shell companies with no products—the types of companies often derided as "patent trolls." But the newest lawsuit seeking royalty payments from iPad sales is likely a first: the recently created plaintiff, MEC Resources LLC, is...

 

The Sioux Chef gets a riverfront restaurant at the foot of the Stone Arch Bridge

The Sioux Chef is set to open a restaurant in the forthcoming Water Works park in downtown Minneapolis near St. Anthony Falls (known as Owamni Yamni, or the "place of whirlpools" by the Dakota people). Chef Sean Sherman and his team seek to bring indigenous foods, made with native plants and ingredients, back to...

 

Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy ahead of holiday season

(Reuters) - Toys 'R' Us Inc, the largest U.S. toy store chain, filed for bankruptcy protection late Monday, the latest sign of turmoil in the retail industry that is caught in a viselike grip of online shopping and discount chains. The Chapter 11 filing is among the largest ever by a specialty retailer and casts doubt...

 

Digi-Key Electronics Breaks Ground on 1 Million-Square-Foot Expansion

At least 1,000 new jobs expected as a result of the $200 million project ST. PAUL – Governor Mark Dayton and Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Shawntera Hardy today joined leaders from Digi-Key, a global electronic component distributor in Thief River Falls, to break ground on the...

 

To extend a drug patent, one drug company wants to give it to a Native American tribe

It's tough being a pharmaceutical company when your patent rights run out — the generic competition rushes in, and profits go down on a drug that you may have spent time and money to develop way back when. But the drug company Allergan has been doing some creative thinking about this when it comes to an eye medicine...

 

Allergan Avails Itself of Sovereign Immunity

The 11th amendment to the Constitution reads: The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state. http://www.jdsu...

 

Sims Finances Preferred Equity Investment in Start-up Assisted Living Community

FAIRFIELD, CT– HJ Sims (Sims), is pleased to announce the successful completion of a $3,800,000 financing in July 2017 for The Watermark at Continental Ranch (Continental Ranch), a proposed 99-unit assisted living and memory care community in Marana, AZ, which is a suburb of Tucson. Sims provided financing for the...

 

Yerington Paiute Tribe has plans for marijuana dispensary

The Yerington Paiute Tribe has asked the city of Yerington and Lyon County to enter into a compact to open a medical marijuana dispensary within city limits. The potential dispensary site is a building behind the Smoke Shop at 601 W. Bridge St., said Joe Dice, co-founder and former president of Tribal Cannabis...

 

Native American tribe gets Allergan drug rights

Allergan has found an unusual way to shield one of its blockbuster drugs from generic competition. The drug giant, which is defending its intellectual property on multiple fronts, said it would transfer the rights to Restasis to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, in a move designed to quash challenges filed at the US...

 

Manitoba First Nation makes major investment in pot company

CBC News has learned that the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba has taken a major stake in a medical marijuana company, with an eye to becoming a big player in the sale of pot once it becomes legal. The First Nation, located approximately 530 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, has purchased $3 million worth —...

 

Botox Maker Allergan's CEO Defends Selling Drug Patents to Native American Tribe to Thwart Rivals

Say you're a pharma company with a key product which brings in about $1.49 billion in annual sales, or a little less than 10% of your revenue stream. Competitors that want to introduce cheaper, generic rivals are hounding you in court while others are challenging the patent through a separate federal entity. What can...

 

Trump in North Dakota: Dakota Access Pipeline Right Thing to Do

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA – Speaking before 700 of his faithful in Bismarck, North Dakota, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said opening the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) was “the right thing to do.” American Indians across Indian Country opposed the pipeline and resisted at Standing Rock for several months....

 

Hy-Vee Celebrates National Family Meals Month by Making Meal Preparation Easy

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Sept. 6, 2017) — This September, Hy-Vee, Inc. is celebrating National Family Meals Month by providing families with weekly meal plans and recipes to make dinner planning easy and fun. To help accommodate the schedules of busy families, the supermarket chain will offer dietitian-led Kids in the...

 

Zero down payment option available for San Diego

A mortgage that is as close to zero out of pocket as one can get is available in San Diego County from a Utah-based Native American tribal corporation. Aimed at low-income buyers, the Chenoa Fund has looser requirements than many down payment assistance programs, even as one of the nation’s largest mortgage sources...

 

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