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White Earth chairwoman stripped of powers

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...

 
 By Paula Quam    Features    April 29, 2014

New White Earth dialysis center will allow treatment close to home

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...

 
 By Paula Quam    Politics    March 31, 2014

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

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...

 

Wind energy blows into White Earth

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...

 
 By Paula Quam    News    November 25, 2013

Questions linger after White Earth reform vote

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...

 
 By Paula Quam    News    November 20, 2013

White Earth members approve new constitution

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...

 
 By Paula Quam    News    November 18, 2013

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

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...

 
 By Paula Quam    Features    June 27, 2013

Women's shelter up and running

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,...

 

White Earth to vote on constitution

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...

 

White Earth radio station back on airwaves

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...

 
 By Paula Quam    News    October 18, 2012

Education, drugs vie for attention

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...

 

Niijii Radio silenced by gear thefts

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 co...

 
 By Paula Quam    Features    June 18, 2012

Long arm of the law -- White Earth Tribal Police go mobile with high-tech command center

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...

 
 By Paula Quam    Features    August 8, 2011

Traveling treaties exhibit on display in White Earth

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...

 
 By Paula Quam    Features    June 6, 2011

The great native gathering

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....

 

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