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 By Jennifer Brooks    News    August 2, 2018

Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig students walk the halls of a school they've waited generations to see - P3

Until recently, Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig was glaring proof of the federal government's neglect of its treaty obligation to tribal schools. Of the 183 schools in the Bureau of Indian Education system, few were in worse shape than the Bug school. BENA, MINN. ­– Generations of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe have been waiting for the start...

 
 By Jennifer Brooks    News    August 1, 2018

Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig students walk the halls of a school they've waited generations to see - P2

Until recently, Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig was glaring proof of the federal government's neglect of its treaty obligation to tribal schools. Of the 183 schools in the Bureau of Indian Education system, few were in worse shape than the Bug school. BENA, MINN. ­– Generations of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe have been waiting for the start...

 
 By Jennifer Brooks    News    July 31, 2018

Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig students walk the halls of a school they've waited generations to see

Until recently, Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig was glaring proof of the federal government's neglect of its treaty obligation to tribal schools. Of the 183 schools in the Bureau of Indian Education system, few were in worse shape than the Bug school. BENA, MINN. ­– Generations of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe have been waiting for the start...

 

Red Lake Reservation gets funds to fight opioid epidemic

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa will battle a rural opioid epidemic with the help of almost $13 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The funds include almost $5 million to build a new chemical dependency treatment center on the reservation. The band will receive $2.8 million to construct a fire hall in Red Lake and another $2.2 million loan to construct a...

 

State briefs: White Earth tribal leadership race down to two candidates

The field of candidates vying to lead the White Earth Nation narrowed from a dozen to two last week. Terrance Tibbetts Sr. and Melinda Iverson won the most votes in the Tuesday primary election to succeed White Earth Tribal Council Chairwoman Erma Vizenor, who resigned earlier this year. The two top vote-getters will square off in the general election June 14. Activist and...

 
 By Jennifer Brooks    News    March 14, 2016

New hereditary chief is sworn in at Red Lake Tribal Council meeting

Red Lake - New hereditary chief sworn in at tribal council Darwin Sumner took his place as one of the Red Lake Nation's seven hereditary chiefs Tuesday. Sumner was sworn in at the March 8 meeting of the Red Lake Tribal Council as his family and fellow tribal chiefs looked on, accompanied by a hand-drum honor song. He succeeds his father, John Sumner, who died in December....

 

State briefs: Red Lake Band of Chippewa goes solar

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa is going solar. The tribe launched an ambitious green energy initiative last week that could cut its energy costs by $2 million a year. Solar panels will soon go up on some of the largest structures on the reservation, including the band’s government buildings, hospital, college and the Seven Clans casinos at Red Lake, Warroad and Thief River...

 

State briefs: Nonprofits to share $2.7M in state grants

MANKATO - Nonprofits share $2.7M to aid small businesses Eleven nonprofits around the state will split $2.7 million in state grants designed to help new businesses and entrepreneurs get on their feet. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded the grants last week to nonprofits that provide technical assistance and services to fledgling...

 
 By Jennifer Brooks    News    May 29, 2015

Heroin traffickers created 'epidemic' on Minnesota reservations

Drug traffickers targeted two Minnesota Indian reservations they thought wouldn't have the resources to stop the millions of dollars worth of heroin suddenly flooding across their borders, investigators say. But tribal police teamed with federal agents in a seven-month investigation that dismantled an interstate drug ring loaded...

 

Red Lake Band debates starting cannabis business

Indian tribes have the right to legalize marijuana on their own lands, the federal government now says. At least one Minnesota tribe may do just that. The Red Lake Band of Chippewa announced in January that it will study the idea legalizing medical marijuana and industrial hemp on the reservation north of Bemidji. "Whatever we d...

 

Flood-stricken counties reap $17.3M in state aid

The counties hit hardest by heavy rains and floods last spring are about to reap $17.3 million in state disaster aid. Gov. Mark Dayton signed legislation last week that will speed flood and disaster relief to 40 counties and three tribal governments to help repair roads and infrastructure. The money is going to the 37 counties designated as federal disaster areas after the...

 

'Killer Hall': Interior secretary tours crumbling tribal school

BENA, MINN. – Across the country, tribal schools are crumbling. One of every three of these schools, which the federal government is supposed to maintain, is falling apart from age, or because of the $1 billion maintenance budget backlog at the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education. On Tuesday, the U.S. secretary of the interior...

 
 By Jennifer Brooks    News    July 30, 2014

Minnesota requests federal disaster aid for 30 additional counties

Minnesota expanded its request for federal disaster assistance Tuesday to include more than a third of the state, adding 30 more counties and two tribal governments to the list of regions still struggling to rebuild after flooding in June and July. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to declare federal disasters in areas...

 
 By Jennifer Brooks    News    July 28, 2014

Flood damage assessed

State and federal emergency workers are going county by county to tally up the damage from this summer’s massive floods. In Beltrami County, a damage assessment team issued a preliminary finding that the region suffered $174,000 in damage to public infrastructure in June and July. If the damage is severe enough, the county will qualify for state or federal assistance. Heavy...

 

Minnesota, Leech Lake Band square off over cigarette ta

The state of Minnesota and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are locked in a dispute over cigarettes and sovereignty. Agents from the Minnesota Department of Revenue intercepted a delivery truck in St. Cloud on Good Friday, April 18. The truck, bound for a tribal gas station in Walker, was loaded with 281 cartons — 2,810 packs of cigarettes — that had been rolled at a...

 

Minnesota students: You better not forget your lunch money

Some Minnesota children go to school hungry and leave even hungrier. A majority of public school districts in this state deny hot lunch - or any lunch at all in some cases - to children who can't pay for them. Some schools take the meals from students in the lunch line and dump them in the trash when the computer shows a deficit...

 

Dayton signs 22 uncontroversial bills

As the Legislature scrambles to finish its work and adjourn by the end of the month, Gov. Mark Dayton signed 22 uncontroversial, nonpartisan bills into law Wednesday afternoon. One new law will make it a felony crime to neglect or abuse vulnerable adults. Dayton and lawmakers celebrated the bill’s passage with a public signing ceremony Wednesday. Less well-known bills...

 

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