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1855 Treaty group announces off-reservation rice harvest

The 1855 Treaty Authority sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton dated Aug. 7 in which it announced its intention to hold the harvest in territory ceded in the year 1855 between the Chippewa tribes and the United States. A Dayton spokesperson said Monday the governor had just returned from a state visit to Mexico and had...

 

Public packs political forum; Issues include homelessness, city improvements

BEMIDJI -- A packed City Hall audience of about 75 people got a chance on Tuesday to see key stances on issues ranging from homelessness to public art from those running for office in the city of Bemidji. The League of Women Voters sponsored a candidate forum featuring...

 

Debate season in full swing

BEMIDJI -- With less than 20 days until the Nov. 4 election, a full plate of debates are slated in the coming weeks in Bemidji. The League of Women Voters has organized multiple debates over two days starting Tuesday at Bemidji City Hall. First up on Tuesday are debates for Beltrami County Commissioner, Beltrami...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    October 20, 2014

Franken campaigns in Red Lake, White Earth

RED LAKE -- U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minn., along with Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., visited two northern Minnesota American Indian reservations on Sunday. In Red Lake on Sunday, Franken and Tester met with the Tribal Council, followed by a brief campaign meet-and-greet...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    October 13, 2014

Columbus Day changes run aground due to lack of interest, resources

BEMIDJI -- A push for an event recognizing American Indians around Columbus Day has stalled in Bemidji as other Minnesota cities discuss revising their approach to a federal holiday some consider problematic. City Manager John Chattin serves as treasurer for Shared Vision, a local race relations board. Earlier this...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    September 16, 2014

Bemidji City Council, Red Lake Tribal Council meet

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council held an apparently unprecedented meeting with the Red Lake Nation Tribal Council on Monday, discussing issues at interest to both governments. As 26-year Tribal Council member Roman "Ducker" Stately put it, such a meeting had "never h...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    August 29, 2014

Honor the Earth rallies at Enbridge offices

BEMIDJI -- An environmental group opposed to the future Sandpiper oil pipeline held a rally Thursday... at the Bemidji offices of the energy company planning to operate the pipeline. Honor the Earth, opposed to the multi-billion dollar pipeline proposed by Calgary-based...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    August 20, 2014

BELTRAMI COUNTY: How close is too close? County board to weigh in on liquor sales near Red Lake

BEMIDJI -- A proposed liquor store at a resort on the edge of Beltrami County is raising eyebrows across the border on the Red Lake Nation, which bans the sale and possession of alcohol. At a Beltrami County Board meeting Tuesday, a delegation from the Red Lake Nation v...

 
 By Zach Kayser    Features    July 18, 2014

Local artist Wesley May selected for mural design on city building

BEMIDJI -- A selection committee has chosen a mural design by local artist Wesley May for the side of the Wastewater Treatment plant in Bemidji. The mural is planned to go on the east side of the digester building, which faces Paul Bunyan Drive South. It depicts the...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    July 17, 2014

Honor the Earth not directly responsible for anti-oil All-Star Game protest, leader says

BEMIDJI -- Although a large anti-oil protest banner unfurled during the All-Star Game on Tuesday used a slogan associated with the activist group Honor the Earth, the protest was not coordinated with the group, its leader said Wednesday. A banner reading “LOVE WATER NOT OIL” was unfurled during the early part of...

 
 By Zach Kayser    Politics    May 30, 2014

Medical cannabis center in Bemidji? Legislators speculate at Chamber event

BEMIDJI -- Area legislators said Thursday it's likely Bemidji will host one of eight medical cannabis distribution centers as part of Minnesota's new medical cannabis bill signed into law by Gov. Dayton the very same morning. "I would say (chances are) good, because it's the largest city in north, north-central...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    May 21, 2014

New ideas for Columbus Day: Group discusses honoring American Indians

BEMIDJI -- Shared Vision, Bemidji's council on race relations, discussed controversial plans to honor American Indians on Columbus Day at its meeting Tuesday. Several fiery letters to the editor in opposition to changing Columbus Day have run in the Pioneer during recent weeks, letters which Shared Vision members...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    May 7, 2014

Red Lake Nation's ban of federal official draws criticism

RED LAKE -- Red Lake Tribal Secretary Donald Cook Sr. on Tuesday denied Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr.'s assertion Cook instigated the banning of the CEO of the Indian Health Service hospital at Red Lake from reservation lands. "The issue came before the council because of...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    May 5, 2014

Red Lake bans federal official from reservation

BEMIDJI -- The Red Lake Nation has banned a federal Indian Health Service official from entering tribal lands. Mark Karzon, CEO of the IHS hospital at Red Lake, was barred by an April 8 decision by the tribal council from entering the reservation, which also prevents him from reaching the hospital campus. Tribal...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    April 30, 2014

Columbus Day's days might be numbered in Bemidji: City may follow others in honoring American Indians on holiday

BEMIDJI — Bemidji may soon join several other Minnesota cities in replacing Columbus Day with a day recognizing American Indians. The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to use Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day on all city communications, although it will continue to recognize Columbus Day for legal...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    March 20, 2014

Enbridge Pipeline supporters, opponents pack hearing at Pike Bay Town Hall

CASS LAKE - More than 70 people crammed into a sweltering town hall event Wednesday evening to give testimony and listen to a public hearing on an oil pipeline that passes through much of northwest Minnesota. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, one of the state...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    March 3, 2014

U.S. Humane Society offers 5K reward for Red Lake pit bull stabbing

BEMIDJI-- The Humane Society of United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information on the alleged stabbing of a pit bull somewhere near Red Lake. The pit bull was found Feb. 16, alive but having suffered “considerable” blood loss from what appeared to be four wounds from some form of blade, the...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    February 28, 2014

Focusing on the future: Jourdain delivers State of the Band address

RED LAKE - Sovereignty issues, federal budget cuts and walleye fish stocks all featured prominently in a recap of 2013 Red Lake Nation initiatives given by Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. on Thursday. In the 2014 State of the Band address at the Red Lake Event Center,...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    February 27, 2014

UPDATE: Power goes out in downtown Bemidji

BEMIDJI-- A downed tree cut electrical power for most of downtown Bemidji late Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Beltrami County Emergency Management Director Beryl Wernberg said a tree fell on power lines near the post office downtown at about 4:30 p.m. and cut...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    December 31, 2013

'Marv' Hanson dies at age 60

BEMIDJI — Marvin “Marv” Hanson, founder of The Marvelous Fish House, died Friday at the age of 60. Originally from Red Lake, Hanson was dedicated to improving the lives of American Indians through his various business enterprises. He worked as vice president of Grand Casino and as director of New Beginnings, a...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    November 21, 2013

Leech Lake, Red Lake Ojibwe bands moving on constitutional reform

BEMIDJI -- On Tuesday, tribal members of the White Earth Nation voted resoundingly to adopt their own constitution and eventually split from the 80-year-old Minnesota Chippewa Tribe constitution that dictates the laws of many Ojibwe tribes in the state. Neighboring...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    November 8, 2013

Local Indian leaders oppose 'Redskins' name as AIM leads protest in Minneapolis

BEMIDJI — As the American Indian Movement demonstrated Thursday evening in downtown Minneapolis against the Washington Redskins’ nickname and logo, Bemidji area tribal voices joined the chorus calling it offensive. American Indians prominent in local government and academia oppose the name, with at least one leader...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    November 8, 2013

Indian leaders oppose 'Redskins' name as AIM leads protest in Minneapolis

BEMIDJI, Minn. — As the American Indian Movement demonstrated Thursday evening in downtown Minneapolis against the Washington Redskins’ nickname and logo, Bemidji area tribal voices joined the chorus calling it offensive. American Indians prominent in local government and academia opposed the name, with at least...

 
 By Zach Kayser    News    October 18, 2013

Northern tribal officials talk economic opportunity at two-day summit, trade show

WALKER — Although the federal government shutdown was technically over Thursday, organizers of the 2013 Northern Minnesota Tribal Economic Development Summit, hosted on the Leech Lake Reservation, still had to contend with its effects as they handled cancellations...

 

Shutdown closes BIA office in Bemidji, FBI office, post office unaffected

BEMIDJI — The shutdown drama in Washington took a local edge Tuesday as the Minnesota Agency of the Bureau of Indian affairs closed indefinitely. The Bemidji office serves as the headquarters for BIA operations in the state. All non-essential staff at the office whose employment is funded by congressional...

 

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