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Quinault Indian Nation elects 2018/2019 leadership

The Quinault Indian Nation have re-elected their Tribal Council leadership. At their annual General Council meeting on April 7, the Quinault Indian Nation held their national elections, with President Fawn Sharp, Vice President Tyson Johnston, Treasurer Lawrence “Larry” Ralston, and Secretary Latosha Underwood all...

 

Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill

Here we go again. The Trump administration is defending cuts to Indian Country programs amid bipartisan fire from Congress. The sparring began as Secretary Ryan Zinke started making the rounds on Capitol Hill last month and resumed his discussions this week. Though he insists the Department of the Interior can make do...

 

Minnesota millionaire tells lawmakers he got food stamps to make a point

Millionaire Rob Undersander sat at a Minnesota House witness stand saying he received food stamps for 19 months to prove a point: Not everyone who gets the aid needs it. Democratic legislators did not like his Wednesday testimony, particularly Rep. John Considine, DFL-Mankato. https://www.twincities...

 

Gila River Indian Community mourns death of tribal leader

Rodney B. Lewis, a giant of the legal profession in Arizona and across Indian Country nationally, passed away Tuesday at the age of 77 years old. Known simply as “Rod” to thousands of fellow members of the Gila River Indian Community, Mr. Lewis was the first Native American attorney to be admitted to the State Bar...

 

Trump believes he can fire Mueller, White House says

WASHINGTON — The federal agents who raided the office of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, were looking for records about payments to a former Playboy playmate and to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who both claim to have had affairs with Trump. That’s according to a report Tuesday from The...

 

Arm teachers? Require gun training? Here's where Idaho governor candidates stand Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/election/article208270019.html#storylink=cpy

As a Western state built from public lands and with a heritage of hunting and ranching, Idaho’s gun culture has long been integral to its identity. A March report from personal finance website WalletHub declared that we depend on the gun industry more than any other state, after examining our rate of gun ownership...

 

MN lawmakers look at increased penalties for attacking police

A bill making its way through the Minnesota House ramps up penalties against those who attack police. A former police officer, Rep. Brian Johnson, R-Cambridge, told a story of responding to a call of a mother-son dispute. When he arrived, he discovered the son was in his 20s and a large man. https:/...

 

Trump furious after FBI seizes documents from his lawyer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents on Monday raided the office of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels. A furious Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller’s Russia...

 

A tax fight is coming to the Minnesota Capitol. Here's what you need to know.

When the Minnesota Legislature returns from spring break, political mud season will begin with lawmakers having just six weeks to find agreement on how to rewrite the state’s tax code. It would be a tricky proposition anytime, but it’s even more complex this year with the entire state House of Representatives up...

 

Kansas Legislature sends school finance bill to governor after extending its session at the last minute

Topeka — Kansas lawmakers finally agreed early Sunday morning to pass a $522 million increase in annual K-12 school funding, phased in over five years. By a vote of 21-19, the Senate voted around 12:20 a.m. to accept a school funding plan based largely on the one originally offered by the House, one that is nearly...

 

Oklahoma approves tax deal but teachers vow to extend strike

TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) - The Oklahoma Senate passed a $44 million revenue and tax package on Friday to fund the state’s public schools, but the amount fell short of new spending sought by teachers who walked out in protest of a decade of education budget cuts and low salaries. Teachers vowed to extend into next week...

 

Trump furious after FBI seizes documents from his lawyer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents on Monday raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels. A furious Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller's Russia...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: Sumner announces bid for Red Lake tribal secretary

RED LAKE -- Current Red Lake Tribal Secretary Darwin Sumner announced Friday that he plans to run for the position, to which he was appointed in July after the death of Donald Cook, Sr. In a news release Sumner wrote that he has grown to like the job. He decided to run after talking with his family. If elected, Sumner...

 

'We've been disenfranchised': Republicans in San Juan County say redrawn voter districts unfairly favor Navajos

Monticello • In this rural redrock town where buttes form the boundaries and windmills stand like a picket fence on the horizon, the largely Republican – and primarily white – residents are angry and resentful and frustrated. For more than three decades, they’ve been the dominant political party in this remote...

 

Weighted vote issue debated in Tribal Council

During last month’s Tribal Council regular session, four representatives vote for a measure, seven voted against, and one abstained. The measure passed due to the weighted vote power of those four representatives. The issue of the weighted vote, a system where each individual Tribal Council representative’s voting...

 

WMAT makes history, elects first chairwoman

WHITERIVER – The White Mountain Apache Tribe made its own history Wednesday night when its people elected their first-ever tribal chairwoman. Gwendena Lee-Gatewood, executive assistant to the tribal chairman and the tribe’s public information officer, won WMAT’s popular vote to lead the tribe for the next four...

 

Trump signs order sending National Guard to US-Mexico border; MN role seen as unlikely

WASHINGTON — Asserting the situation had reached “a point of crisis,” President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a proclamation ordering the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration. “The lawlessness that continues at our southern border is fundamentally...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: LaRose and Finn; Howe and Robinson move on to Leech Lake general election

LEECH LAKE -- Leech Lake voters decided Tuesday which candidates will move on to the general election in June. The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe’s election ordinance states that if any candidate received more than half the vote in the primary election they will be declared the winner. None of this year’s candidates met...

 

Leech Lake Band Of Ojibwe Releases Primary Results

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Election Board has certified the results of the Primary Election that was held on Tuesday, April 3. In the race for Secretary-Treasurer, incumbent Arthur “Archie” LaRose received 843 votes and will advance to the General Election along with Donald “Mick” Finn, Sr., who received...

 

Wisconsin governor sounds alarm after Supreme Court defeat

MADISON, Wis. — The dominating victory by a liberal candidate in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race emboldened Democrats deflated by years of defeats, pushing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to issue a series of warnings Wednesday about a possible “blue wave” in the red state. Democrats heralded Rebecca Dallet’s...

 

AP source: Mueller says Trump not criminal target currently

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of prosecutors has informed President Donald Trump’s attorneys that the president is not currently considered a criminal target in the Russia investigation, according to a person familiar with the conversation. The person, who was not authorized to speak...

 

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Election Results

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Election Results https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQYFMY1LvoKv_kqwBsUoWCX3hHDC1-i23OSWkrSl6sSa2Bc48Er5_kzIXU-J0KpP4DDY_yEnt8ErhnA/pub...

 

City Council Member Dai Thao pleads 'not guilty' to three charges

Facing allegations he entered a voting booth to help an elderly Hmong resident vote for him, St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao formally entered a plea of not guilty Monday to the three charges against him. Thao, who ran for mayor in November, was represented by attorney Joe Dixon at the Ramsey County Law...

 

MN lawmakers consider a constitutional amendment question on transportation funding. Here are arguments for and against

The Minnesota Legislature is considering a proposal that would let voters decide to dedicate sales tax revenue collected on vehicle parts and repairs to fund state roads and bridges. A bill sponsored by Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, would put the question to voters as a constitutional amendment in the upcoming...

 

Trump on deal to protect 'Dreamer' immigrants: 'NO MORE'

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday declared “NO MORE” to a deal to help “Dreamer” immigrants and threatened to pull out of a free trade agreement with Mexico unless it does more to stop people from crossing into the U.S. He claimed they’re coming to take advantage of protections...

 

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