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  • 1855 Treaty group announces off-reservation rice harvest

    Zach Kayser, Brainerd Dispatch|Aug 19, 2015

    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 not yet read the letter. Dayton will respond to the Treaty Authority after he has had a chance to review the letter with administration officials, the spokesperson said. The letter to Dayton said in the event Department of Natural...

  • Public packs political forum; Issues include homelessness, city improvements

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Oct 22, 2014

    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 mayoral candidates Rita Albrecht and Jorge Prince, as well as City Council candidates Don Heinonen and Dave Larson. Many of the audience-submitted questions were general in nature, but a few moments revealed actual policy position...

  • Debate season in full swing

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Oct 21, 2014

    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 County Attorney, Bemidji Mayor and Bemidji City Council Member (at-large) starting at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, also at 7 p.m. at City Hall, debates will focus on Minnesota Representative for House Districts 2A and 5A. A candidate fair and...

  • Franken campaigns in Red Lake, White Earth

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Oct 20, 2014

    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 for Franken, who is being challenged by businessman Mike McFadden. Tester is chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Franken alternated between telling amusing anecdotes about his pow-wow dancing abilities and addressing...

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

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Oct 13, 2014

    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 year, board members put forward the idea of changing the name "Columbus Day," which is Monday, to something honoring American Indians. Later, that idea evolved into honoring American Indians at an event separate from the holiday...

  • Bemidji City Council, Red Lake Tribal Council meet

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Sep 16, 2014

    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 happened before." Officials with both Red Lake Nation and the city of Bemidji could not recall a meeting of both councils taking place in many years. Discussion centered around economic development in Bemidji and Red Lake. Bemidji...

  • Honor the Earth rallies at Enbridge offices

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Aug 29, 2014

    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 Enbridge Energy, held a rally/press event just outside Enbridge's offices in the city's industrial park. Enbridge proposes running Sandpiper from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to refineries in the Twin Ports area and othe...

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

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Aug 20, 2014

    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 voiced opposition to the county possibly granting an off-sale liquor license to Roger's Resort and Campground on the grounds the resort would be selling alcohol too close to the reservation. "It just seems a shame," Red Lake Tribal...

  • Local artist Wesley May selected for mural design on city building

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Jul 18, 2014

    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 head of a bald eagle inside a drop of water, as well as wings that appear to double as leaves of a plant. "Just as this image began with a simple yet powerful line, sustaining life begins with a single drop of water," May wrote in a...

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

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Jul 17, 2014

    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 the game, held Tuesday night in Minneapolis. A Star Tribune report indicated a protester risked serious injury or death by jumping a 7-foot gap between an adjacent parking ramp and Target Field, then scaling a horizontal ladder in ord...

  • Medical cannabis center in Bemidji? Legislators speculate at Chamber event

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|May 30, 2014

    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 Minnesota," Rep. Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette, said. "If it's not, it should be." Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji, agreed that it was likely. "There's reasonable opportunity," he said. The discussion on medical cannabis came about at a...

  • New ideas for Columbus Day: Group discusses honoring American Indians

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|May 21, 2014

    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 referenced during the discussion. However, Shared Vision's ultimate goal may not necessarily be to change Columbus Day -- the second Monday in October -- in Bemidji to something else. Rather, the group's focus could be on doing...

  • Red Lake Nation's ban of federal official draws criticism

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|May 7, 2014

    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 numerous complaints of employees... being terminated or removed from their positions," Cook said "It wasn't like somebody instigated (the ban). He brought it upon himself." Jourdain said Tuesday that news the tribe had banned CEO...

  • Red Lake bans federal official from reservation

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|May 5, 2014

    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 Council member Roman Stately said the ban was due in part to complaints against Karzon from the Red Lake community that Karzon was disciplining his employees without just cause. "He was demoting a lot of the people who had been working...

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

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Apr 30, 2014

    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 purposes. On Monday, the city of Red Wing decided to rename Columbus Day as “Chief Red Wing Day.” Minneapolis’ switch has sparked interest in a similar move for Bemidji. Michael Meuers of Shared Vision, also known as the Bemidji...

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

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Mar 20, 2014

    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 agencies that regulates pipelines, held the hearing at the Pike Bay Town Hall to give the public an open forum on the expansion project that would see the building of several new pump stations along Enbridge Energy's Line 67, also...

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

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Mar 3, 2014
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    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 release said. The animal was treated by a veterinarian. The release did not specify where on the reservation the dog was found. Anyone with firsthand information on the case is asked to call Kendall Kingbird of the Red Lake Tribal Pol...

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

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Feb 28, 2014

    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, Jourdain talked over a long list of Red Lake's struggles and successes. He urged the audience not to be fixated on the the former. "When hard times overshadow the good, people tend to focus on the struggles we see every day, and we...

  • UPDATE: Power goes out in downtown Bemidji

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Feb 27, 2014

    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 power to a feeder line to Nymore as well as a line to the downtown area. Wernberg said stoplights were also not functioning and advised motorists to exercise caution near intersections. Representatives from Otter Tail Power Company...

  • 'Marv' Hanson dies at age 60

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Dec 31, 2013

    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 job placement program. In May, he opened the Marvelous Fish House in a building on the south end of Bemidji that once housed the Mexican-themed El Mariachi restaurant. Hanson said the goal of opening the American Indian-themed resta...

  • Leech Lake, Red Lake Ojibwe bands moving on constitutional reform

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Nov 21, 2013

    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 Ojibwe bands at Leech Lake and Red Lake may not be far behind in similar constitution reform efforts. Reformers with both bands said Wednesday they are working to gauge what the people want in their new framework. LeRoy Staples...

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

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Nov 8, 2013

    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 saying they’d personally attend the protest. Robert Durant, secretary/treasurer of the White Earth Nation, decried the name Thursday afternoon, moments before he left for the Twin Cities to join in the protest, which took place befor...

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

    Zach Kayser, Grand Forks Herald|Nov 8, 2013

    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 one leader saying they’d personally attend the protest. Robert Durant, secretary/treasurer of the White Earth Nation, decried the name Thursday afternoon, moments before he left for the Twin Cities to join in the protest, which took...

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

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Oct 18, 2013

    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 from some of the federal officials originally scheduled to deliver speeches and take part in the discussion. Colleen Landkamer, director for the Minnesota branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, and...

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

    Zach Kayser, Bemidji Pioneer|Oct 2, 2013

    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 appropriations have been furloughed, although the agency could not say how many workers were furloughed specifically. The BIA as a whole was rocked by the shutdown as a national contingency plan called for 2,528 people to be furloughed; o...

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