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  • Red Lake tribe pulls out of deal selling land to pipeline company

    Dan Kraker, MPR News|Jan 15, 2018

    The Red Lake Tribal Council has voted to rescind a deal to sell Enbridge Energy reservation land where oil pipelines cross. In a 5-3 vote, the council opted to pull out of a deal the tribe approved in 2015, which called for Enbridge to pay $18.5 million for less than a half acre of land. Enbridge operates four pipelines that cross the parcel, but the tribe never gave the company permission to access the land. The half acre is about 20 miles south of the main Red Lake reservation. Red Lake...

  • UMD graduates first Master of Tribal Administration and Governance class

    Dan Kraker, MPR|May 20, 2013

    DULUTH — Tiger Brown Bull has traveled great lengths to earn his masters degree. In two years he has put 40,000 miles on his car to make 20 weekend trips from Kyle, S.D. to the University of Minnesota Duluth for meetings that compliment online classes. Brown Bull, who lives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, works for his tribe’s education agency. He’s one of 22 graduates in UMD’s Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program, the first of its kind in the nation. The graduat...

  • Ojibwe bands ban wolf hunting , but only on Indian-controlled lands

    Dan Kraker, MPR|Nov 1, 2012

    On the Fond du Lac Reservation — Minnesota’s inaugural regulated wolf hunt, set to begin Saturday, is being received with sadness by many Ojibwe people. The wolf plays a central role in the Ojibwe, or Anishinaabe creation story, in which man and wolf traveled the world together and spoke the same language. Wolves are often described as family members. That’s what makes a wolf hunt so painful to many Ojibwe, who hold the wolf sacred. “It’s viewed as a brotherhood. That’s probably the best way I’ve heard it explained,” said Thomas Howes, N...

  • Duluth mayor threatens to close casino over money spat

    Dan Kraker, Bemidji Pioneer|Jan 6, 2012

    Duluth, Minn. — The city of Duluth laid out its strategy Thursday in an increasingly fractious dispute with the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Band. For the past two years, Duluth and the band have been fighting over revenue generated at the downtown Fond du Luth casino. A federal judge ruled last month the Band is no longer obligated to share slot machine earnings with the city. If upheld, that would cost the city about $6 million a year. The city has appealed. If the ruling stands, Duluth may have another option. Mayor Don Ness said the original c...

  • Ruling in Duluth casino spat could mean millions for tribe

    Dan Kraker, MPR|Nov 22, 2011

    Duluth, Minn. — The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has prevailed in its long-running dispute with the city of Duluth over revenue-sharing from the tribe's downtown Fond-du-Luth Casino. Since 1986, the band has shared about $6 million in revenue annually with the city. Two years ago, the Band stopped making revenue sharing payments to the city. The city sued. The band argued their contract violated the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. In a decision Monday, federal district judge Susan Nelson agreed. She ruled the tribe did n...

  • Wild rice poses another obstacle to mine proposal

    Dan Kraker, MPR|Oct 11, 2011

    Duluth, Minn. — The controversial Polymet mining project proposal near Hoyt Lakes on the Iron Range has been under environmental review for years, in part because of the potential for sulfuric acid to contaminate area waters. But as review nears conclusion, some mine supporters are worried about another potential environmental roadblock: wild rice. Minnesota has a 40-year-old standard that limits the amount of sulfate that gets into wild rice-producing waters. The current standard limits d...