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Republicans fear Democrats will win big this year; Pawlenty said to be 'no' for Senate

A raft of retirements, difficulty recruiting candidates and President Donald Trump’s continuing pattern of throwing his party off message have prompted new alarm among Republicans that they could be facing a Democratic electoral wave in November. The concern has grown so acute that Trump received what one...

 

Lawsuit asks judge to kick Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach out of her MN Senate seat

A lawsuit filed Friday seeks to oust Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach from her state Senate seat. The lawsuit, filed in Ramsey County District Court by a Democrat from Fischbach’s Senate district, is the logical next stage of an ongoing disagreement between some Republicans and Democrats stemming from the resignation of...

 

Sen. Tina Smith takes battle over daily opioid deaths to D.C.

To combat the growing opioid crisis Minnesota needs more funding and flexibility from federal officials to support unique and successful prevention, treatment and law enforcement strategies. That’s the message state experts asked Democratic Sen. Tina Smith to take back to Washington D.C. as federal lawmakers debate...

 

Senate sends bill recognizing six Virginia Indian tribes to President Trump's desk

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday granting federal recognition to six Indian tribes in Virginia, clearing a hurdle that brings chiefs and elected officials closer to a goal decades in the making. The bill, which passed the House last year, now goes to President Donald Trump’s desk. http://www...

 

Hemp industry lawsuit challenging DEA's position on CBD picks up support of 28 U.S. legislators

A bipartisan congressional coalition pushed back on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s assertion that cannabidiol and extracts derived from hemp are Schedule I substances. Twenty-eight legislators including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., on Thursday filed an...

 

Northern Wisconsin Lawmaker Speaks Out About Racial Tensions In Ashland County

A northern Wisconsin lawmaker is speaking out about continuing racial tensions between the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the surrounding community. State Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, said the smoldering tensions ignited when an Ashland County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a...

 

Questions Could Derail Confirmation of Trump's Indian Health Nominee

President Donald Trump’s nominee to oversee health care services for two million Native Americans — who already faces questions about whether he is qualified — failed to disclose donations to the Trump campaign in his official Senate questionnaire, Roll Call has learned. Robert Weaver, a health insurance...

 

Trump attacks protections for immigrants from 'sh**hole' countries

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. should permit more immigrants from “shithole countries” after senators discussed revamping rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti, according to three people briefed on the conversation. Trump made the remark in the Oval Office as two...

 

Four file for special election to replace ex-Sen. Dan Schoen after sexual misconduct allegations

Two east metro politicians and a first-time candidate with behind-the-scenes political experience are running to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Dan Schoen, who resigned last year after allegations of sexual misconduct. Former Republican State Rep. Denny McNamara and Washington County Commissioner Karla Bigham,...

 

Fallin would veto another budget lacking teacher raise

Gov. Mary Fallin said she would veto another proposed budget that doesn't include a pay raise for teachers, something she called a top priority headed into her final year in office. Following an address to dozens of school superintendents on Wednesday, in which she talked about the need for a teacher pay raise, Fallin...

 

Groups record voting rights abuses against Native Americans

Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don't speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites. Native Americans say they have encountered a wide range of obstacles to voting. Advocates have been spending the last few months gathering stories from around Indian Country in the hope that...

 

Sen. Tina Smith from Minnesota joins Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is welcoming its newest member, Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minnesota). Smith comes to committee after being sworn into the Senate last Wednesday. She replaced Democrat Al Franken, also from Minnesota, who resigned after being accused of sexual misconduct. https://www.i...

 

Transcript release intensifies feud over FBI, Trump dossier

WASHINGTON – The political battle over the FBI and its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election intensified Tuesday with the release of an interview with the head of the firm behind a dossier of allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump. The transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s...

 

Trump says administration taking look at current libel laws

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for tougher libel laws, saying the current iteration is a “sham and a disgrace” as he addressed his Cabinet and reporters at the White House. “Can’t say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank...

 

Sen. Tina Smith gets her wish: She's appointed to the Agriculture Committee

Sen. Tina Smith will get to grapple with food stamps and crop insurance as she begins her abbreviated term in the U.S. Senate — as she wished. Smith, who was sworn in last week as Minnesota’s newest senator, was named Tuesday to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. https:...

 

Trump suggests 2-phase immigration deal for 'Dreamers'

WASHINGTON — Searching for a bipartisan deal to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that an immigration agreement could be reached in two phases — first by addressing young immigrants and border security with what he called a “bill of love,” then by making comprehensive...

 

Mille Lacs tribal leader says band in revolution against drugs, violence, environmental destruction, racism

ONAMIA, Minn. —Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin came to the podium ready to fight those who would poison and destroy her tribe. She also fired a shot across the bow of those who otherwise might be traditional band allies. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/government-and-...

 

Representative Paulette Jordan runs for governor of Idaho

Paulette Jordan, a candidate running for the position of #Idaho's governor, could become Idaho's first female governor, and our countries first #Native American governor. Paulette Jordan has served two terms as an Idaho state representative for District 5 seat A. She also served as a member of the Couer d’Alene...

 

Cherokee Nation to Recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation next week will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an official holiday for the first time, months after a federal court ruled that descendants of Black slaves, known as freedmen, who were owned by members of the nation have a right to tribal citizenship. On Monday,...

 

Tribal Council incumbents, leaders back

BARAGA — Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council President Warren “Chris” Swartz administered the council’s oath of office Saturday to re-elected members Randy Haataja, Toni Minton, Doreen Blaker and Robert “RD” Curtis. Following the swearing in of the incumbents, they received gifts from Rodney...

 

South Dakota tribes sue drugmakers over opioid painkillers

Three Native American tribes in South Dakota have sued opioid industry players in federal court, alleging they sold addictive drugs without warning of their dangers. The lawsuit from the Rosebud, Flandreau and Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux tribes is led by two former U.S. Attorneys and follows more than 70 similar cases...

 

Supreme Court Declines to Review School District's Legal Fight With Indian Tribe

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the appeal of an Arizona school district which fears that it may face exposure in American Indian tribal courts over employment decisions involving schools on land leased on Indian reservations. The Window Rock Unified School District in Fort Defiance, Ariz., operates...

 

Trump appointee who quit after probe is running for Congress

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Trump administration appointee who resigned after a harsh report into a tribal loan program he oversaw announced Monday that he is running for Congress in New Mexico. Gavin Clarkson filed documents with the Federal Election Commission to seek the Republican nomination for a seat...

 

Métis Nation of Alberta calls re-election of local president 'a sham'

A regional branch of the Métis Nation of Alberta is calling for another election in Lac La Biche after receiving complaints that the local Métis council president hosted the last election privately in her home. The Métis Nation of Alberta Region 1 council met Friday to denounce the actions of Métis Local 2097...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: Area legislators tour schools, meet with students

BEMIDJI—A few Bemidji-area lawmakers checked out Bemidji Area Schools before the state legislature reconvenes next month. State Sens Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, and Paul Utke, R-Park Rapids, and Rep. Matt Bliss, R-Pennington, took in some quick Bemidji High School orchestra and choir performances, checked out...

 

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