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House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim

WASHINGTON — A divided House on Thursday passed an eleventh-hour plan to keep the government running. But the GOP-written measure faced gloomy prospects in the Senate, and it remained unclear whether lawmakers would be able to find a way to keep federal offices open past a Friday night deadline. The House voted by a...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: Former mayor Lehmann back on Bemidji council

BEMIDJI -- After an interview process that lasted more than two hours with six candidates, the Bemidji City Council selected former Mayor Richard Lehmann to represent Ward 4 for the rest of the year. Lehmann, 59, will take over the seat that was vacated when Patrick Plemel resigned in late December to run a behavioral...

 

Lawmaker seeks home school oversight after 13 found captive

LOS ANGELES — City officials couldn’t find any records that the fire marshal conducted required annual inspections at a California home that doubled as a private school where authorities say 13 malnourished siblings were kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents. On Wednesday, a state lawmaker for the...

 

Northern Cheyenne Council members argue Killsback's inauguration was invalid

Members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council said Monday’s inauguration of L. Jace Killsback as tribal president is invalid. Council members Dana Eaglefeathers, Waylan Rogers, and Vernon Small maintain that a tribal judge issued a stay on January 12, three days before Killsback was inaugurated, that should have...

 

Tunica Biloxi tribal chairman pleads guilty to illegally taking more than $83,000 from tribe

ALEXANDRIA, La. (U.S. Attorney's Office Western District of LA) - United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Chairman Joey Barbry pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally taking more than $83,000 from the tribe’s check cashing business. Barbry, 40, of Mansura, La., pleaded guilty...

 

Colville Business Council Expels Councilwoman Williams-Louis

Nespelem — By a 10-3 vote, the Colville Business Council (CBC) today approved the expulsion of CBC member Melissa Louis-Williams. The expulsion is effective immediately. The decision was based upon the CBC’s determination that Louis-William committed gross misconduct while a council member, in violation of the...

 

New Tribal Council members share insights and glimpses into the futures

PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council members echoed one another’s message of working together as a team, laying aside past and present clashes and moving ahead with getting down to business and serving the tribal membership in 2018. After being announced as Tribal Council Chairman, Ron...

 

Democrat wins western Wisconsin senate seat, flipping traditionally conservative district

MADISON, Wis. — A Democrat has been elected to represent a traditionally conservative Wisconsin Senate district where voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump in 2016, in an upset that Democrats suggest could lead to more Republican losses in the state. Patty Schachtner’s victory late Tuesday in the...

 

Minnesota GOP leader seeks a cut of big donations

The new chairwoman of Minnesota’s Republican Party is seeking a 10 percent commission from large donations to the party, according to a memo obtained by the Associated Press. Campaign finance experts said they’ve never heard of such an arrangement. And it risks upsetting major GOP donors and activists by diverting...

 

Bemidji Pioneer: Former Bemidji City Council member Meuers dies at 66

BEMIDJI—Barbara Meuers, a longtime public servant in Bemidji, died Tuesday at her home at age 66. Born Dec. 28, 1951 in Fergus Falls, Minn., Meuers found her way to Bemidji by attending BSU, where she obtained a degree in social services. During her time living in Bemidji, she also married Michael Meuers on Aug. 5,...

 

Betsy DeVos: Nothing Presidents Barack Obama or George W. Bush did in education reform really worked

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered her first speech of 2018 and flatly declared that school reform efforts under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush had not worked — nor had any other reform effort by any education secretary. She also said the establishment of the Education Department by President...

 

Northern Cheyenne Council members argue Killsback's inauguration was invalid

Members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council said Monday's inauguration of L. Jace Killsback as tribal president is invalid. Council members Dana Eaglefeathers, Waylan Rogers, and Vernon Small maintain that a tribal judge issued a stay on Jan. 12, three days before Killsback was inaugurated, that should have...

 

Recall effort started against Chairman Patch and Tribal Council members

Two members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, Tim Stevens Welsh and Amber Van Fleet, have taken out recall petitions against Tribal Chairman Dennis Patch and all the members of the Tribal Council. At issue are the efforts of the Tribal leadership, including Patch, to lease some of the Tribes’ annual Colorado...

 

Udall To Lead Two Events On Indian Country Priorities In The Upcoming Farm Bill Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will lead an oversight hearing to discuss agribusiness in Indian Country and will co-host a roundtable discussion on advancing Native food traditions. Today the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an...

 

How Gov. Mark Dayton would spend the $1.5B he proposes Minnesota borrow for construction projects

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants to borrow $1.5 billion this year to finance state construction projects. That price tag could jump to $2.3 billion if lawmakers decide to also fund local government building requests that the governor didn’t propose but indicated he could support. https://www.twinc...

 

Eight candidates apply for vacant school board seat

BEMIDJI - Bemidji Area Schools District School Board members are set to fill a vacancy there soon. One of eight Bemidji-area applicants will finish longtime board member Bill Faver's term, which expires in late 2018. Faver resigned from the board in November, and state law said remaining board members should choose...

 

Gov. Dayton's Capital Budget Proposal Includes Funding for Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization

The Minnesota Historical Society thanks Governor Mark Dayton for including our Historic Fort Snelling revitalization project in his 2018 Capital Budget recommendations today. Dayton included the requested $30 million for construction needed to revitalize Minnesota's oldest National Historic Landmark. The governor also...

 

Year One Check-In: What's Trump Done on K-12 Compared to Other Presidents?

President Donald Trump was sworn in one year ago this week, and at this point in their tenure, the past five presidents had gotten at least one splashy K-12 accomplishment over the finish line—or come close to it. So how does Trump—who hardly made education a central part of his 2016 presidential bid—stack up?...

 

Conservatives balk at GOP plan to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON — Disgruntled conservatives threatened late Tuesday to scuttle Republican leaders’ plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown, saying GOP leaders now lack the votes to push their proposal through the House. The setback came as a deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young...

 

Trump Allegedly Calling 'Every Black Person He Knows' To Ask If He's Racist, But Most Won't Pick Up The Phone

President Donald Trump has come under fire and is accused of being a racist once again, after allegedly calling certain African countries “s***hole countries.” To add insult to injury, rumors over the holiday weekend claimed that Trump allegedly wants a “Donald Trump Day” and doesn’t understand why Martin...

 

Begaye delivers State of Nation address at U.S. Capitol

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye gave a fiery speech about the impact Navajos have on the state during his state of tribal nation address at the Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day at the Arizona State Capitol Jan. 10 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Begaye said the Navajo Nation is...

 

Washington lawmakers hear Hirst bill favored by tribes

OLYMPIA — Washington tribes and environmental groups endorsed a bill Monday that would limit withdrawals from new wells to 350 gallons a day, monitored by mandatory meters. The legislation was presented to the Senate Agriculture, Water and Natural Resources Committee as an alternative to a bill the committee passed...

 

Northern Cheyenne Tribal president says court order to keep him from office is moot

LAME DEER — The newly elected president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe was inaugurated Monday, but on Tuesday, he was served with an order that prevents him from taking office until a complaint filed about his opponent is resolved. L. Jace Killsback signed his oath of office for president on Monday and the document...

 

Victims Of Las Vegas Shooting Testify On Gun Legislation In Olympia

Hundreds of people crowded hearing rooms in the Washington state Capitol Monday to testify on proposed gun control legislation. Among other things, lawmakers are looking to ban so-called bump stocks which allow firearms to fire faster. Several of the people who testified in favor of a ban were victims of the 2017 mass...

 

New bill could put Washington salmon farms in jeopardy

A Senate committee is considering a bill that could bring an end to some of Washington state’s largest salmon farms. Senate Bill 6086, heard in committee on Tuesday, Jan. 9, is sponsored by 11 Democratic senators and calls for a ban on the use of Atlantic salmon and other non-native fish in marine aquaculture....

 

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