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  • Duluth women arrested at Mall of America incident

    John Myers, Duluth News Tribune|Jan 2, 2014

    Two Duluth women were arrested at the Mall of America in Bloomington on New Year’s Eve while attempting to stage an American Indian round dance at the mall. The women -- Patricia Shepard and Reyna Crow – are part of the Indian rights group Idle No More, which has conducted events to protest state wolf hunts, mining projects and other issues, but said Tuesday’s event was not a protest. The women were arrested after holding a press conference on the sidewalk outside the mall saying they were only attempting to conduct a round dance to usher...

  • Minnesota Chippewa tribes get millions to solidify land ownership

    John Myers, Duluth News Tribune|Dec 19, 2012

    The U.S government on Tuesday unveiled its largest-ever program to help American Indian tribes identify and buy back land broken up from reservations 125 years ago. The Interior Department announced that $1.9 billion is now available to help tribes acquire ownership of million acres of land allotted to individual Indians in 1887. That’s when the government broke up reservations from communal tribal ownership and gave the heads of each home 80 or 160 acres. But in the generations since then, the exact ownership of the land has become muddled. ...

  • Burn restrictions set to start Sunday

    John Myers, Forum Communications|Sep 20, 2012

    BEMIDJI – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is adding restrictions on campfires and other fires in northwestern and central portions of the state starting Sunday because of worsening drought. The DNR will ban camp-fires starting at 1 a.m. Sun-day except in a residential or cabin yard or in a staffed campground, such as at a resort or state park. The ban also includes brush and debris fires and fireworks outside cities and towns. The counties included in the fire ban are Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Cass (north of Highway 200), C...

  • Six Chippewa bands to split $28 million federal payout

    John Myers, Duluth Tribune|Feb 16, 2012

    The federal government appears ready to make amends for a dark period in Indian relations 123 years ago that took timber and land from six northern Minnesota Chippewa reservations. Legislation is advancing in Washington that would release a $20 million settlement to the Fond du Lac, Bois Forte, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and White Earth bands of Chippewa. The money originally was awarded in 1999 but has been tied up ever since. Now totaling more than $28 million with interest, a recently struck compromise among five of the six bands...