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Senate GOP unveils health bill overhaul, but not all are aboard

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions. Four conservative GOP senators quickly announced initial opposition to the measure and others were evasive, raising the specter of a jarring rejection by the Republican-controlled body. But Senate Majority...

 

Bill helping American Indian students get into college faster, easier passes Assembly Committee

SACRAMENTO – More than one in three American Indian children live in poverty, and 22 percent ages 25 and older have not finished high school, the lowest of any racial/ethnic demographic group across all schools. Only 13 percent of American Indians have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 29 percent of the US population. http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51348:bill-helping-american-indian-students-get-into-college-faster-easier-passes-assembly-committee...

 

White House concedes Russia meddled in campaign, but denies it changed the result

WASHINGTON — The White House Thursday addressed the joint intelligence report that found Russia had attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, more than five months after the report’s conclusions were made public. First, on Twitter, President Trump dismissed the concerns about Russia as a “big Dem HOAX” and suggested that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, did little to confront the problem. White House aides then clarified Trump’s remarks and said he believes there was Russian meddling but is certain it did...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: Beltrami Commissioners opt to administer buffer law program

BEMIDJI—The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday to have staff administer new state buffer laws. According to county documents, the buffer law will take effect on Nov. 1, 2017 for parcels of land abutting public waters and on Nov. 1, 2018 for parcels abutting public ditches. Once those dates pass and a property is not in compliance, enforcement will be needed. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/local/4287010-beltrami-commissioners-opt-administer-buffer-law-program...

 

AP sources: Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama law

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional aides and lobbyists say. After weeks of closed-door meetings that angered Democrats and some Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planned to release the proposal Thursday. The package represents McConnell's attempt to quell criticism by party moderates and conservatives and win the support he...

 

Four incumbents defeated in Choctaw Tribal Council races

Four incumbent Choctaw Tribal Council members were defeated, while four were re-elected last week, official returns show. Not all positions on the council were up for election on June 13. http://www.neshobademocrat.com/Content/NEWS/News/Article/Four-incumbents-defeated-in-Choctaw-Tribal-Council-races/2/297/41201...

 

Interior chief Ryan Zinke wants to shed 4,000 staffers in budget cuts

WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told lawmakers Wednesday that he plans to shrink his department’s sprawling workforce by 4,000 employees – about 8 percent of the full-time staff – as part of budget cuts to downsize the government’s largest public lands agency. Zinke, testifying before a Senate panel on the White House’s proposed budget for the Department of the Interior for fiscal 2018, said he would rely on a combination of attrition, reassignments and buyouts to make the cuts. Depending on how fast and effective those...

 

Interior Secretary Attempts to Justify Deep Cuts to Native American Education Program

The man charged with stewarding the nation's public lands was called before a Senate panel on Tuesday, where he attempted to defend the Trump administration's call for massive cuts to his own Interior Department, particularly programs for Native Americans. Secretary Ryan Zinke went to the mat for the White House's austerity blueprint, despite receiving a stream of criticism from members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, over how the blueprint hits indigenous Americans particularly hard. http://www.truth-o...

 

CBC expels member of business council

The Colville Business Council Friday expelled one of its 14 members on a split vote just before elections set for this Saturday. Following an investigative hearing, the CBC expelled Ricky Gabriel with a 9-4 vote, citing ethics violations, according to a press release from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. http://www.grandcoulee.com/story/2017/06/21/news/cbc-expels-member-of-business-council/9012.html...

 
 By Mal Meyer    Politics    June 21, 2017

Persell, Hilstrom Intend To Join The Race For Minnesota's Highest Offices

It was a big night for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party as more candidates announced their bids and intent to run for some of the states highest offices. The announcements from John Persell and Representative Debra Hilstrom came as a welcome surprise to many. The Beltrami County DFL fish fry brought in community members to hear from some of the candidates looking to represent them down in St. Paul. Former Minnesota House District 5A Representative John Persell lost to Republican Matt Bliss during last year’s election. He says he’s ready...

 

Trump tweetstorms wash away White House press briefings

WASHINGTON — Out: White House press briefings and presidential interviews. In: tweet-storms and political rallies. President Donald Trump has swapped traditional forms of White House transparency for direct but one-way communication through Twitter and speeches to friendly audiences. http://www.startribune.com/trump-tweetstorms-wash-away-white-house-press-briefings/429833983/...

 

U scientists say Trump is overhauling EPA advisory panel

The Trump administration is remaking a key scientific advisory committee at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to an e-mail sent Monday to its members, including two at the University of Minnesota. The committee was told that, contrary to past practice, members would have to reapply for their positions when their terms expire — a step that caused many in the scientific community to worry that EPA Commissioner Scott Pruitt will place industry interests ahead of science. http://www.startribune.com/trump-will...

 

Judge announces Trump won't be defendant in pipeline lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump won't be added as a defendant in a lawsuit over the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline that he pushed to completion, a federal judge announced as one of the conditions of allowing a group of Sioux tribal members to intervene in the case. The order Monday by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg eliminates a possible complication to a case that has lingered almost a year. American Indian and environmental activists plan a rally Wednesday outside the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., as Boasberg...

 

Senators: Trump's Interior budget is going nowhere

Senators of both parties on Tuesday poked holes in President Trump’s budget request for the Interior Department, which cuts funding for the agency by 11 percent. During a Tuesday hearing, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that the budget is “better than what we have seen in the last few years,” but that it’s still not going anywhere on Capitol hill. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/338587-senators-trumps-interior-budget-is-going-nowhere...

 

EPA just gave notice to dozens of scientific advisory board members that their time is up

The Environmental Protection Agency has given notice to dozens of scientists that they will not be renewed in their roles in advising the agency, continuing a scientific shake-up that has already triggered resignations and charges from some researchers that the administration is politicizing the agency. Members of the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) whose terms end in August will not see them renewed, according to an email sent to members and obtained by The Washington Post, though they can reapply for their posts. Moreover, five...

 

Colville Tribal Elections to Move Forward

NESPELEM, WA—The Colville Tribal Elections Committee has made the decision to move forward with the elections process and let the Position One “run it’s course”. The Colville Business Council (CBC) will stick with the timeline for the General Election for the Nespelem District Council Position One. Last week, the CBC expelled Nespelem District Member Ricky Gabriel. Mr. Gabriel was a candidate for Position One and under the Professional Code of Responsibility expulsion denies him to run for CBC. Should Candidate Gabriel receive the most...

 

Bemidji Pioneeer: Persell announces run for House comeback at DFL event

BEMIDJI -- Former House District 5A Rep. John Persell announced his run to win back the seat on Monday evening at a Beltrami County DFL fish fry at the Bemidji Eagles Club. “I need to get back involved,” Persell told the Pioneer. “There’s unfinished business, particularly with education at the K12 level and also in post-secondary.” http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/local/4285798-persell-announces-run-house-comeback-dfl-event...

 

Dayton's court fight with GOP mirrors standoffs in other states

A growing legal brawl between Minnesota’s Legislature and its governor has cast the state’s elected leader into uncharted waters with no clear path to settling a fundamental dispute about the state constitution and the exercise of political power. But Minnesota is far from the only state where political dysfunction is confounding civic progress — or spilling into the courtroom. In recent years, the kind of bare-knuckle clash that fomented Minnesota’s current crisis has become commonplace around the country as state-level politicians...

 

Trump financial disclosures show Mar-a-Lago business boom

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's Washington hotel saw almost $20 million in revenue during its first few months of operation — a period that coincided with his election and inauguration as the 45th president. His Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, which he's visited seven times as president, pulled in millions of dollars more than it had previously. The new details were included in a financial disclosure that Trump voluntarily submitted Friday to the Office of Government Ethics, the first snapshot of the Trump Organization's finances since...

 

Hospitals fear health plan changes will add up to big losses

WASHINGTON – Minnesota hospital executives expect big hits to bottom lines and possible service disruptions if Congress approves President Donald Trump’s proposed budget or the U.S. Senate passes a health care reform bill like one approved by the House. Either action could add millions to the ranks of uninsured patients across the country. Health executives interviewed by the Star Tribune expect uncompensated care to rise significantly under the health care delivery plans now on the table, and the effect on business operations for one of...

 

Trump 'is not under investigation,' his lawyer insists

WASHINGTON – A member of President Donald Trump's legal team said Sunday that the president is not under investigation by the special counsel looking into Russia's election-year meddling, contradicting Trump's assertion in a Friday morning tweet that he is a subject of the widening inquiry. The denial Sunday by Jay Sekulow, one of several personal lawyers Trump has hired to represent him in the Russia case, is the latest of many examples in which the president's aides and lawyers have scrambled to avert a public-relations mess created by...

 

Colville Tribe expels council member

NESPELEM — The governing council for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation on Thursday expelled one of its 14 members, citing a violation of professional codes involving use of the position for financial gain, and influencing legislation despite a conflict. Ricky Gabriel, who was most recently elected in June 2013, was expelled by a 9-4 vote of the Colville Business Council. The expulsion was effective immediately, according to a news release from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. http://ww...

 

Tribe adopts resultion to prevent leaks

PEMBROKE — A resolution to prevent council members from making public any potential resolution or amendment that is being considered by the council until action is taken was approved Thursday by the Lumbee Tribal Council. The short resolution, read at Thursday’s meeting by Councilman Ricky Burnett, prohibits any pending resolutions or potential acts of the council to be made available for review by the public until they “come out of the tribal office.” http://www.robesonian.com/news/100023/tribe-adopts-resultion-to-p...

 

America Spent Centuries Mistreating Native American Children. Trump Is Making It Worse.

A century ago, the U.S. government forced hundreds of thousands of Native American students to attend boarding schools where authorities shaved their heads, banned their traditional languages and gave them Western names. Today, these students still attend schools in crumbling buildings with white-washed curriculum and dismal resources. So when recent college graduate Teddy McCullough went to the White House’s first ever Tribal Youth Gathering in 2015 and listened to Michelle Obama celebrate the beauty of his people, he finally felt...

 

Senators Demand Fixes on Failing BIA, BIE, IHS

If you’ve been on Capitol Hill long enough, you knew a public bloodletting was coming when the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed up at the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) to detail the progress—or lack thereof—of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) management of the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and Indian energy development, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) management of the Indian Health Service (IHS). Figurative blood was everywhere at a hearing on these topics on May 17, and SCIA...

 

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