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 By Tom Robertson    Features    May 24, 2013

Business loans aim to boost Native American entrepreneurship

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Even though the city of Bemidji is surrounded by three Indian reservations, there have been few Native American-owned businesses in town. Now, a Red Lake tribal member has opened a new restaurant. It's believed to be the first American Indian-owned restaurant in the city. Owner Marv Hanson tapped into a...

 
 By Tom Robertson    News    January 17, 2013

White Earth Nation vote could end 'blood quantum' tribal membership requirement

PONSFORD, Minn. — The White Earth Band of Ojibwe in northwestern Minnesota could become the first member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe to revise its constitution and completely change the rules for who can be a tribal member. Since the 1930s, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe members have operated under "cookie cutter" constitutions...

 
 By Tom Robertson    News    January 17, 2013

White Earth Band considers new constitution

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Citizens of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe will vote on constitution reforms in a referendum planned for this summer. The proposed new constitution includes a controversial provision that would change the requirement for tribal membership. Right now, people must have one-quarter Indian blood to be citizens of the tribe. The new constitution would use family...

 

Tribal protest echoes through Paul Bunyan Mall, supports hunger strike in Canada

More than one hundred tribal members gathered inside the Paul Bunyan Mall in Bemidji Wednesday to stage a "flash mob" drum and dance circle. The event was organized as a show of support for a Canadian tribal chief who is on a hunger strike in Ottawa, Ontario. SImilar events supporting the Canadian "Idle No More" movement have...

 

Tribe gets $21M in USDA development loans

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota will receive more than $21 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program. Red Lake will use some of the money to build a 42,000-square-foot tribal college. It will replace an older building that has limited classroom space and create room for technology equipment. USDA...

 
 By Tom Robertson    News    November 5, 2012

Ojibwe members protest Minn. wolf hunt

A few Ojibwe tribal members spent part of the weekend protesting Minnesota's first managed wolf hunt, which began Saturday. Tribal members on the White Earth Indian Reservation stood along highways in several tribal communities, carrying signs of protest. Minnesota's Ojibwe reservations in northern Minnesota have put their tribal lands off-limits to wolf hunting. The White...

 

Rural counties struggle with poverty

BEMIDJI – When Alvin Clark needs a meal, he sometimes comes to the basement of the People’s Church, where poor people in Beltrami County know they can find help. Clark, 55, is a member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe. Injured in a construction accident nearly 20 years ago, he lives on a Social Security disability check. Many...

 

Wellness court: Ceremonies, cultural activities help recovery process

CASS LAKE – Fred Isham sits near a blazing fire just outside Cass Lake on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. The 37-year-old tribal member helped build the fire to heat carefully selected stones that will be used in a nearby sweat lodge. Inside the sweat lodge, Isham and others will pray and conduct spiritual Ojibwe ceremonies. Isham participates in the Cass County-Leech...

 

Unique court lets tribal and state judges fight addiction together

Cass Lake, Minn. — Fred Isham sits near a blazing fire just outside Cass Lake on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. The 37-year-old tribal member helped build the fire to heat carefully selected stones that will be used in a nearby sweat lodge. Inside the sweat lodge, Isham and others will pray and conduct spiritual Ojibwe...

 
 By Tom Robertson    News    May 25, 2012

Rural broadband project stalled after FCC change

BEMIDJI - A northern Minnesota telephone cooperative has put a $19 million broadband expansion on hold because of federal changes aimed at extending high-speed Internet access in rural areas. Bemidji-based Paul Bunyan Communications, which provides service to some 28,000 phone customers, is slowing down an aggressive expansion...

 
 By Tom Robertson    Features    May 9, 2012

Red Lake skateboarders ready to roll

Young people on the Red Lake Indian Reservation will soon have new places to exercise and hangout with friends. The Red Lake Nation this week received a $750,000 community development grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community south of the Twin Cities. Red Lake will use the money for youth projects, including constructi...

 
 By Tom Robertson    News    April 27, 2012

Red Lake tribal officials seek uses for juvenile detention center

BEMIDJI – Red Lake tribal officials say they’re frustrated over a funding dispute that has left a juvenile detention center empty and unused since it was built by the federal government seven years ago. The $2 million juvenile center sits behind the tribe’s main criminal justice complex in Red Lake. A 13,000-square-foot building paid for by the U.S. Department of Justice,...

 
 By Tom Robertson    News    April 6, 2012

Police say Native Mob busts lead to lull in gang-related crime

LEECH LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION, Minn. — Law enforcement officials are tracking a drop in gang activity in some tribal communities that they say is the result of a sweeping take-down of Native Mob gang leaders earlier this year. A federal indictment in January charged two-dozen alleged members of the Native Mob with crimes...

 
 By Tom Robertson    News    April 6, 2012

Tribes see less gang crime since Native Mob sweep

LEECH LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION, Minn. – Authorities in some tribal communities say they have noticed a drop in gang activity since January’s sweeping take-down of two dozen suspected Native Mob gang members. The Native Mob has terrorized tribal communities in the region since the gang began in the 1990s. Gang experts say the town of Cass Lake on the Leech Lake Indian...

 
 By Tom Robertson    News    February 2, 2012

Tribal members back in classroom for skills, jobs

Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minn. — Jerilyn Graves is unemployed, lives on public assistance and at 32 wonders if she'll ever have a job. One of her biggest regrets is that she dropped out of high school in 1998, her junior year. "I was into alcohol, and I was suspended from school in April, so I never went back for my...

 
 By Tom Robertson    News    August 26, 2011

Red Lake Band to reforest 50,000 acres

Bemidji, Minn. — The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe is gearing up to reforest 50,000 acres of tribal land. Red Lake was once a sea of red and white pine forest stretching across the reservation. But tribal officials say the federal government mismanaged the forest starting in the early 1900s. The pine trees were cut down and never...

 
 By Tom Robertson    News    July 27, 2011

No arrests netted in black market fishing investigation

St. Paul, Minn. — Suspected black market fishing operations on two Indian reservations in northern Minnesota are under federal investigation. Enforcement agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service led the so-called 'takedown' of illegal netting and walleye-selling operations on the Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations...

 
 By Tom Robertson    News    May 12, 2011

Ojibwe bands still upset about treaty rights battle with state

Bemidji, Minn. — Minnesota is approaching another walleye fishing opener this weekend, but there is still no resolution to a treaty rights dispute between the state and two Ojibwe bands in northern Minnesota. The Leech Lake and White Earth bands say an 1855 treaty with the federal government gives them the right to fish and...

 

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