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  • White Earth chairwoman stripped of powers

    Paula Quam, WDAY TV|Dec 31, 2015

    White Earth Chairwoman Erma Vizenor has been censured – essentially stripping her of her power to lead – by a committee of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. This decision does not mean she loses her positionas White Earth chairwoman, but it clears the path for the White Earth Tribal Council to vote on whether or not to oust her. The White Earth Tribal Council has 15 days to schedule a hearing to be held within 60 days that will call for the removal or recall of Vizenor. The Minnesota Chippewa...

  • New White Earth dialysis center will allow treatment close to home

    Paula Quam, Forum News Service|Apr 29, 2014

    WHITE EARTH, Minn. – The opening of a new kidney dialysis unit this month on the White Earth Indian Reservation is what many here call a dream come true. Diabetes isn't just another disease on White Earth – it's a huge, deadly problem. In the rest of the country, 8.3 percent of the population is diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. White Earth's statistics dwarf that. "We have 1,105 active diabetics in the Diabetes...

  • Primary election Tuesday on White Earth: Tribal council seats, secretary-treasurer on the ballot

    Paula Quam, Forum News Service|Mar 31, 2014

    WHITE EARTH — Primaries will take place Tuesday for the White Earth Indian Reservation, with elections happening at 12 precincts around the reservation and two off it, in Cass Lake and Minneapolis. Up for grabs are two of the three seats on the White Earth Tribal Council — District I and II, as well as secretary-treasurer. This year, 14 candidates have thrown their hats in for those three races, which will be whittled down to two for each seat. Those candidates will then proceed to the general election June 10. Those elected to the...

  • Wind energy blows into White Earth

    Paula Quam, Grand Forks Herald|Jan 13, 2014

    WHITE EARTH, Minn. -- The White Earth Reservation is taking steps that will allow Mother Nature to amp up energy resources for residents living there. A new wind turbine has recently been erected near the new Reservation Tribal Council Building on the outskirts of the town of White Earth. The body of the turbine was put up in mid-December, and installers are working on putting the "guts" of the equipment in place. Experts expect the turbine to be turning within a month and ready to transfer...

  • Questions linger after White Earth reform vote

    Paula Quam, Forum News Service|Nov 25, 2013

    WHITE EARTH, Minn. – Questions and concerns are flying after members of the White Earth Indian Reservation voted for a new constitution Tuesday. Tribal leaders and constitutional reform delegates are fielding a lot of phone calls and emails wondering what will happen from here. Acceptance or withdrawal? There is speculation circulating that White Earth needs to get approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, both of which are governing bodies for the...

  • White Earth members approve new constitution

    Paula Quam, Forum News Service|Nov 20, 2013

    MAHNOMEN - It is a monumental milestone for the White Earth Reservation, as voters there said "yes" to an entirely new constitution. The mail-in votes were counted Tuesday night, with results showing 79 percent approval. Of the 3,492 ballots counted, 2,780 were in favor and 712 against. It was a voter turnout twice that of a normal tribal election. "I am very gratified that the people of the White Earth nation have spoken," said White Earth Tribal Chairperson Erma Vizenor. "And we move forward...

  • Historic vote for White Earth: Election Tuesday will determine new Constitution

    Paula Quam, Forum News Service|Nov 18, 2013

    DETROIT LAKES - It's being called one of the most important elections in White Earth Reservation's history. On Tuesday, enrolled members of the tribe will decide whether they will embrace an entirely new constitution - one that would mean tremendous change for the people of White Earth. The new, proposed constitution, which was created by an assembled team of constitutional delegates from White Earth, would essentially redefine who they are and how they do business. Talks of this happening have...

  • Women's shelter up and running

    Paula Quam, DL Online|Jun 27, 2013

    The women’s shelter in White Earth has been like an oasis in the desert providing hope and new life to abused women on the reservation for a little over a year now. Domestic violence is often a curse handed down from generation to generation, and White Earth is no exception. But since the new 20-bed shelter opened last May, advocates there have been dedicating their lives to working out all the bugs and challenges that come with getting a much-needed facility like this not just up and...

  • White Earth to vote on constitution

    Paula Quam, DL Online|Dec 27, 2012

    What makes a Native American a real Native American? Is it a certain amount of native blood or is it family ties? That is only one of the complex and controversial issues being addressed at what appears to be a constitutional crossroad on the White Earth Indian Reservation. Tribal leaders there are getting ready to lead the fight for a new constitution that would change a lot of things on the reservation, including eliminating the blood quantum law that currently restricts enrollment...

  • White Earth radio station back on airwaves

    Paula Quam, Grand Forks Herald|Dec 3, 2012

    CALLOWAY, Minn. – More people on the White Earth Indian Reservation and beyond are now waking up to a “Cup of Joe” – the morning show, that is, which is once again broadcasting from Niijii Radio. The Callaway station, located at 89.9 on the FM dial with the call letters KKWE, was shut down for several months after it was struck first by Mother Nature (a lightning strike), then by thieves who reportedly got away with expensive studio equipment. All summer and into the fall, the station...

  • Education, drugs vie for attention

    Paula Quam, DL Online|Oct 18, 2012

    Democratic Senator Al Franken visited the White Earth Indian Reservation Tuesday with his eye fixed directly on education. Franken’s first stop was the new Circle of Life Academy, where he congratulated students on a school that he called “heaven-sent.” A member of the U.S. Senate on Indian Affairs, Franken told the gym full of students that he was glad to see them in a big, beautiful school after years of having to attend a school that “just wasn’t good enough” — a reference to...

  • Niijii Radio silenced by gear thefts

    Paula Quam, DL Online|Sep 24, 2012

    The radio station that has been called “The Voice” of the White Earth Indian Reservation has fallen silent. Niijii Radio, which just took to the airwaves in November, based in the old Callaway School, was struck first by Mother Nature, then again by burglars. The station, known for its hodge-podge of music and Native American educational programming, was first put out of commission this past summer when lightening and power surges blew the transmitter, which broadcasts the station out over a 60 mile radius. The expensive fix took a while to...

  • Paula Quam, DL Online|Jun 18, 2012

    White Earth Police are now able to stretch the long arm of the law even further. The department now has a high tech way to deal with emergency situations anywhere, anytime, as they have turned a large RV into a fully functional command center on wheels. The RV is a 2006 model that the Tribal Police acquired from FEMA — in fact, the vehicle was being used to coordinate recovery later efforts down south after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. While the police department got the shell of the...

  • Traveling treaties exhibit on display in White Earth

    Paula Quam, DL-Online|Aug 8, 2011

    Why do treaties matter? A new traveling exhibition being unveiled in White Earth is not only explaining the answer to that question, but also showing the answer. Twenty large, freestanding banners now line the halls of the White Earth Tribal Headquarters Building, each displaying portraits and stories of historical treaties and where they stand today. The display, which will eventually travel all over Minnesota, is open to the public, and is intended to serve as an educational tool. The Minnesota Humanities Center, the Smithsonian and the...

  • The great native gathering

    Paula Quam, DL-Online|Jun 6, 2011

    It was a warm, breezy June day. The streets of White Earth village were buzzing with excitement and activity, while energetic kids played baseball, whooping and hollering. The annual powwow always had people piling into the city, and this year was no different. It was 1947, and little Lenny Potter was soaking it all up. He loved the baseball, the carnival, and the dancing. “I was so excited,” Potter said, looking out onto the now weedy lot where powwows used to be held when he was a kid. The 69-year-old Potter is now an Ojibwe elder and...