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Fighting meth: Fort Belknap declares state of emergency

After hours of emotional testimony from law enforcement officials and people on and off the reservation, the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council voted unanimously Monday to declare a state of emergency against methamphetamine and other drugs on the reservation. The vote was taken during a meeting attended by law enforcement officers, representatives from social service...

 

How the Oregon militia standoff became a battle with a Native American tribe

The press conferences were spaced two hours apart on Wednesday – one by armed militia leader Ammon Bundy, the other by a local Paiute Indian tribal leader. They expressed competing visions for the future of a swath of federally managed land in rural south-eastern Oregon. At issue: who has more of a say over the contested Malheur national wildlife refuge? A band of mostly...

 

The Bundys want federal land 'returned' to them. But it was never 'theirs' in the first place

There are more than a few eyebrow-raising ideas -- Manifest Destiny, ownership, group entitlement and superiority -- deeply embedded in conversations about the Oregon occupiers and their political goals. Wait. What? Manifest Destiny? Let us explain. The Citizens for Constitutional Freedom-- that's the name the armed individuals occupying federal buildings in Oregon have given...

 

Tribe Member: 'We Would Have Been Dead By Now' If We Acted Like Oregon Militants

BURNS, Ore. -- The armed protesters who seized remote federal property in Oregon should leave, the Burns Paiute Tribal Council urged Wednesday. The occupiers claim the federal land rightfully belongs to the mostly white population of eastern Oregon, but Harney County was largely Paiute territory prior to white settlement. On a foggy Wednesday morning, some of the tribe's...

 

Toddler taken to nursing station 40 times, gets cancer diagnosis days before death, lawsuit says

A Manitoba mother is suing the province after her toddler died due to complications from cancer that went undiagnosed despite at least 40 visits to a northern nursing station. Alexandria Harper's daughter Violet was almost three when she died in December 2013. At the time of her death, she had a cancerous tumour larger than a softball in her 30-pound body. h...

 

Blacks, Native Americans more likely arrested on light rail

Metro Transit is now looking at how to improve its policing in light of a recent report that showed Blacks and other people of color overwhelming cited for violations rather than warned, especially for “first-time fare evasion” incidents. A new Metro Transit study released last month was undertaken in response to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Minneapolis chapter...

 

Parents, Teacher Accuse Mount Pleasant Tribal School of Abuse

"This is our tribe and our children should be protected." Serious accusations tonight about a Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe school. The school suspended one teacher who is claiming they're hurting the kids and trying to cover it up. The Sasiwaans Immersion School is on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation in Mount Pleasant. A spokesman for the tribe tells Northern...

 

Indigenous hunters in Manitoba say treaty rights violated by Saskatchewan

Indigenous hunters in Manitoba say they are being harassed and bullied by Saskatchewan authorities who don't understand their treaty right to provide food for their families. The chief of Pine Creek First Nation said Wednesday that conservation officers raided two homes last month and confiscated moose meat harvested from Pine Creek's traditional territory, which crosses the...

 

Judge says insider's fraud gave aboriginal business program a 'black eye'

A Calgary judge ordered an Edmonton man into custody on Wednesday to start his sentence for defrauding the federal government of $193,500 through kickbacks on business incentive opportunities while employed as a development officer by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. “You have given this program a real black eye,” provincial court Judge Mike Dinkel told...

 

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