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  • Dayton signs tribal consultation executive order

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Aug 9, 2013

    MAHNOMEN -- With the White Earth Nation flag and tribal and state representatives standing behind him, Gov. Mark Dayton signed an executive order Thursday directing state agencies to develop policies to guide them when working with tribal nations. "We are committing that we're going to have government-to-government, equal-to-equal communication," Dayton said in a signing ceremony at the Shooting Star Casino. "That kind of communication and dialogue is so important." The executive order requires...

  • Environmental group leads tour to area oil sites

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Jun 27, 2013

    BEMIDJI — The protest over the handful of acres of Red Lake Indian Reservation land is catching environmental activists’ eyes across the state. On Wednesday, about 30 people, who ranged from concerned citizens to nonprofit representatives, arrived in a coach bus at a campsite in rural Clearwater County. There, protesters have stayed for months in opposition to the four Enbridge Energy pipelines underground they say are there illegally. The visiting group, organized by the Twin Cities-based...

  • Red Lake man sentenced for domestic assault with a shotgun

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Jun 14, 2013

    MINNEAPOLIS — A Red Lake man was sentenced Thursday for assaulting a woman with a shotgun. Brian Gordon Graves, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank to 21 months in federal prison on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of domestic assault by a habitual offender, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. He was convicted Jan. 31. Graves assaulted the victim with a 12-gauge shotgun on Oct. 6 on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, according to the press release. He was convicted...

  • Red Lake man indicted on sexual assault charges

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Jun 12, 2013

    MINNEAPOLIS — A Red Lake man was indicted in federal court Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in May. Avery Wade Schoenborn, 24, allegedly “engaged in a sexual act with the victim, who was incapable of declining participation in the act,” according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The May 7 incident took place on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. If convicted, Schoenborn could spend the rest of his life in prison. The Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation...

  • Citing safety, MnDOT plans highway interchange west of Bemidji

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Jun 3, 2013

    EMIDJI — On a recent rainy afternoon, a bouquet of flowers sat in the ditch separating the two directions of U.S. Highway 2, adjacent to its intersection with State Highway 89. The flowers are a reminder of an unspecified crash at this crossing —it’s unclear from driving by if the bouquet is marked. But it does mark one of the most dangerous intersections in the state. With that in mind, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning a major overhaul of the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 89 west of Bemidji. Construction on...

  • Opening new restaurant in Bemidji a perfect fit for Marv Hanson

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Apr 29, 2013

    BEMIDJI — Marv Hanson has worn many hats in his lifetime. But a constant theme runs through his past: a desire to help his fellow American Indians. Born in Red Lake, Hanson will continue that work when he opens the Marvelous Fish House and Market in the former El Mariachi building next month. There, fresh walleye from Red Lake Fisheries and wild rice from Red Lake Nation Foods will be served. Moreover, the executive chef preparing those meals is American Indian, and Hanson plans on hiring...

  • Senate leaves out Bemidji hospitality tax in bill

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Apr 24, 2013

    BEMIDJI – A bill allowing the city of Bemidji to impose a tax on purchases at restaurants and hotels to pay for Sanford Center operations has hit a snag at the state Legislature. The hospitality tax proposal was not included in the Senate’s omnibus tax bill, a large collection of tax provisions rolled into one large bill that was released Tuesday morning. Senate Taxes Committee Chairman Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, said in a phone interview Tuesday the main issue with the proposal was...

  • SWAT team dispatched to Bemidji trailer park

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Apr 17, 2013

    BEMIDJI – A SWAT team was dispatched to a Bemidji trailer park Monday, but ultimately wasn’t involved in a local man’s arrest. Daniel Wayne Jourdain, 28, of Bemidji, was arrested Monday afternoon without incident on a probation violation warrant. He was convicted of felony third-degree assault in April 2012. A warrant was issued for his arrest March 8 after he failed to appear in court, according to court records. Jourdain was the subject of two previous “barricaded subject” SWAT actions, “both of which required the use of chemical...

  • Red Lake man found guilty of assault

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Apr 17, 2013

    DULUTH – A federal jury found Roderick Arlyn Sayers, 44, guilty Tuesday of causing serious bodily injury to a woman after assaulting her on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. The woman, who was Sayers’ girlfriend, had a significant mouth injury and a loose tooth, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minneapolis. Sayers faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison....

  • Walleye poaching charges make northern Minnesota case largest in 20 years

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Apr 16, 2013

    BEMIDJI – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources detailed the results of a three-year investigation into illegal fishing activities Monday. The investigation, code-named “Operation Squarehook,” will result in state charges being filed against 21 people in six northern Minnesota counties, the DNR said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced last week that 10 men had been indicted on similar charges. “I just want to reiterate that this type of sale and purchase of game is illegal,” DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said during a...

  • Local bonding projects would improve infrastructure

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Apr 12, 2013

    BEMIDJI – Roger Erickson experienced a sense of déjà vu when he walked through the kitchens that serve the Red Lake middle and high schools. “Because it looked like the kitchens in my school when I was going to school back in the 60s,” Erickson said. “The tiling was the same, the style was the same.” Now a first-term DFL legislator from Baudette, Rep. Erickson hopes the state will provide the school district money to improve its facility. It is one of several bonding proposals released this week by Gov. Mark Dayton and the state...

  • Two Red Lake men convicted in New Year's Day 2011 murders

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Mar 13, 2013

    MINNEAPOLIS – Two men were convicted Tuesday for murdering a couple on the Red Lake Indian Reservation on New Year’s Day 2011. A federal jury in St. Paul convicted Geshik-O-Binese Martin, 30, and Edward McCabe Robinson, 28, both of Red Lake, on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one count of robbery, according to a press release from U.S. Department of Justice. The jury also found David John Martin, 46, of Columbia Heights, guilty on one count of robbery. George Allen Martin, 24, of Red Lake, was...

  • New business manager named at Bemidji's Sanford Center

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Mar 12, 2013

    BEMIDJI – The Sanford Center has named a new business manager. Randy Miller, who is currently an accountant with the Red Lake Gaming Enterprises, will start in his new position on March 21. “His background is that he handles all the day-to-day gaming up there, but he also handles shows,” Sanford Center executive director Curtis Webb said. “So that’s a big plus for us.” The hire was announced during the Monday morning Sanford Center Advisory Board meeting. Miller replaces Courtney Collison, who took over the business manager...

  • Bemidji man seriously injured after police chase

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Mar 11, 2013

    BEMIDJI – A Bemidji man was seriously injured after fleeing from police and crashing his sport utility vehicle early Friday morning. Robin J. Hill, 39, was fleeing from Leech Lake Tribal Police at high rates of speed when he lost control and went into a ditch on Mission Road Northeast, just north of Power Dam Road Northeast. The car rolled and struck several trees, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The gravel road was icy at the time, according to the state patrol. Hill, whose 1998 Dodge Durango was totaled in the crash, was not...

  • Protesters camp near pipeline in hopes of dialogue with Enbridge

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Mar 6, 2013

    BEMIDJI – Just over a snowbank in rural Clearwater County, four orange posts stick out of the ground. They mark where four Enbridge pipelines transporting crude oil sit underground. But they also mark a point of protest for those sitting around a campfire on the other side of the snowbank. Those protesters, some American Indian and some not, oppose the pipelines’ existence under Red Lake reservation lands, which they say is illegal. Since Thursday, they’ve camped in a plowed-out area above...

  • From the ground up: Red Lake Nation College to launch basketball program

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Feb 20, 2013
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    BEMIDJI – Gerald Kingbird still remembers his stats. “I scored 19 points in the fourth quarter,” he says. That includes 13 points in the final 1:15 of regulation in the 1997 Minnesota State High School basketball semifinals, leading the Red Lake High School Warriors from behind, only to lose in overtime to Wabasso. They were the first all-Native team to reach the state tournament. The people of Red Lake still remember that team. On Saturday, Kingbird will help start a new basketball...

  • Ponemah, Collin Peterson and the inauguration

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Jan 22, 2013

    Beltrami County was represented during President Obama’s inauguration Monday morning. Here’s a screengrab C-SPAN’s coverage of the ceremonies showing U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson wearing a hat bearing the name of Ponemah, a town of about 700 people located between upper and lower Red Lakes.. And yes, that is Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé standing behind him....

  • Rumors of violence circulate social media, Bemidji plans additional security Friday

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Dec 21, 2012

    BEMIDJI – Rumors of possible violence at a school in the area circulated social media Thursday, but no credible threat has been found. Bemidji police Sgt. Dave Hanson said Thursday evening that authorities weren’t able to determine the source of the rumors. “We spent the day trying to track down the source and we weren’t able to find any credible source of any specific threat or incident,” Hanson said. Still, District 31 Superintendent Jim Hess said there will be added security Friday at area schools. “We didn’t feel like the...

  • Cass Lake schools closed Friday after violence rumors

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Dec 21, 2012

    BEMIDJI – Cass Lake schools were closed Friday due to rumors of potential violence circulating social media. The school district’s superintendent Anita Grace said school leadership made the decision Thursday afternoon. After-school activities were canceled Thursday and Friday as well. “We just weren’t prepared to have every school building be identical with their safety and security measures due to an investigation in a neighboring community,” Grace said. Friday was the last scheduled day of school before the holiday break, according...

  • Area leaders meet with local lawmakers to discuss needs

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Nov 19, 2012

    BEMIDJI – Area business, education and government leaders met Friday morning to discuss their priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The people in the group welcomed their new senator, DFLer Tom Saxhaug. He defeated former Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, in last week’s election after the two incumbents were pitted against each other due to redistricting. Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji was also in attendance Friday. Included in the discussion Friday were improving roads in Beltrami County, higher education, helping the logging and...

  • Some question tribal ID usability under amendment

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Oct 26, 2012

    BEMIDJI – In 2004, a massive “get out the vote” campaign was aimed at encouraging American Indians to get to the polls across a handful of states. In Minnesota, voter turnout on reservations increased by nearly 20 percentage points from the 2000 election. The report stemming from that campaign cites significant progress made during recent elections in increasing Native voter participation. But eight years later, some are concerned that American Indians in Minnesota could be negatively affected by the proposed voter ID amendment, citing...

  • Senate District 2 seat rematch featured in debate

    John Hageman, Bemidji Pioneer|Oct 3, 2012

    BEMIDJI – While a lot has changed in the last few years at the Legislature, the matchup for the Senate District 2 seat has not. Like 2010, Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, will face Dennis Moser, R-Clearbrook for Senate District 2. Skoe won the 2010 race by 6 percentage points. The two debated on Lakeland Public Television as part of a series of debates on local legislative seats. The district they will fight over has changed, however, with the new district no longer touching North Dakota and...