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Costa Rica, Peru, Thailand and more: Minnesota's digital nomads work all over the world

In the past year, Alicia and John Gregoire dove the Great Barrier Reef, slurped beer from steins during Munich’s Oktoberfest and sailed over the ancient temple ruins of Bagan in Myanmar in a sunrise hot air balloon ride. They visited 17 countries on four continents — and they did it all without missing a day of work. They run an online marketing business, and they run it...

 

Proposal would sync Mpls. marijuana law with state

Minneapolis’ penalties for small-scale marijuana possession would be brought in line with state statute under a City Council proposal to be unveiled Friday. The change would eliminate a discrepancy between city ordinance, which classifies possession of a small amount of marijuana as a misdemeanor, and state statute, where it is a petty misdemeanor. Petty misdemeanors are...

 

Oil keeps falling. And falling. How low can it go?

DALLAS — The price of oil keeps falling. And falling. And falling. It has to stop somewhere, right? Even after trending down for a year and a half, U.S. crude has fallen another 17 percent since the start of the year and is now probing depths not seen since 2003. "All you can do is forecast direction, and the direction of price is still down," says Larry Goldstein of the...

 

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

ASHINGTON — Florida's unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges — and not enough to juries — to decide capital sentences, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 8-1 ruling said that the state's sentencing procedure is flawed because juries play only an advisory role in recommending death while the judge can...

 

Interior Department adds $4M to Cobell Scholarship program

The U.S. Interior Department last week announced that it added $4 million to a scholarship program for American Indian and Alaska Native students. The Cobell Scholarship provides need-based awards for post-secondary education – up to $2,500 for certificate students, $5,000 for undergrads or $10,000 for graduate students. The first round of Cobell scholarships were awarded...

 

Grand Canyon West reaches 1 million visitors, gearing up for 2016 tourism

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. - On Dec. 21 venues at Grand Canyon West recorded one million visitors for 2015. The record-breaking milestone was celebrated by treating Jenny and Mike Kim, the 1 millionth visitors, to a Grand Adventure Tour, including a helicopter and pontoon ride, lunch and horseback ride to the West Rim, Skywalk trip and a visit to Guano Point. A soaring number of...

 

Hopis say Boy Scout performances make mockery of tradition, religion

LA JUNTA, Colo. - For decades, Boy Scouts from Southern Colorado have been performing Indian dances during the holiday season at the Koshare Indian Museum in La Junta, Colorado. The Koshare Dancers, named for a Pueblo Indian clown society representing ancestral spirits, have visited 47 states and three different countries, attended Pueblo powwows and feast days, and even...

 

Native American Groups Plan Capitol Rally Against Effigy Mounds Bill

Native Americans are scheduled to protest at the state Capitol on Tuesday over a bill that could affect protection of effigy mounds. Several critics spoke at a town hall meeting held by Republican state Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield on Monday night in Pewaukee. Kapenga's measure would require the Wisconsin Historical Society to let property owners investigate whether mounds...

 

Inquiry into missing and murdered women needs funding, advocates say

The good intentions driving plans for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women must be matched with money to implement recommendations that come out of it, a group of long-time women’s advocates said before meeting with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett. And although victims’ families should be represented at the inquiry, the proceedings...

 

Feds take new role to fight crime on Mille Lacs reservation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government has agreed to assume greater responsibility for prosecuting crimes on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's reservation at the request of the tribal government, the Justice Department and Mille Lacs Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin announced Tuesday. Benjamin said in her annual state-of-the-band address that it means people who commit the...

 

Feds will be able to prosecute more crimes on the Mille Lacs Reservation

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday it will assume concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute major crimes on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's reservation next year. The DOJ already has jurisdiction to prosecute crimes such as drug trafficking wherever they occur in the U.S., including on the Mille Lacs Reservation, a DOJ release said. The new power will allow federal...

 

Ottawa still fighting lawsuit from Newfoundland residential-school survivors

The federal Justice Department has sent a clear signal that Ottawa intends to fight a lawsuit brought by former residential school students in Newfoundland and Labrador to the end. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould have said the government would carefully review the case – which has become an example of the fraught relationship between...

 

First Nations student deaths inquest: Build schools on reserve, parents say

The parents of a First Nations teenager who died in Thunder Bay, Ont., say they won't allow any of their other children to leave home for high school, despite the lack of opportunities at home in Webequie First Nation. Bernice and Derek Jacob testified on Monday at an inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay, including their son Jordan Wabasse,...

 

Judge says troopers can evict ex-tribal leaders in Newtok

A federal judge on Tuesday allowed police to use force if needed to remove former officials of an Alaska tribal village who have refused to leave the offices of the community in a long-running leadership dispute. The new sanctioned tribal leaders of the Yup'ik Eskimo community of Newtok asked U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline to enforce a Nov. 4 ruling that ordered the...

 

CN train derailment close to Hudson, Ont. worries nearby First Nation chief

The Chief of Lac Seul First Nation says it took CN two days to notify his community about a derailment that occurred about 16 kilometres from the northwestern Ontario First Nation. A spokesperson for CN said the company was in contact with "local First Nations" after 29 cars of a westbound train derailed on Saturday morning. The line was restored on Sunday, according to the...

 

Regina mom suing over daughter's laundry chute death

The mother of a Regina woman who plunged to her death down a hotel laundry chute last year is suing the hotel for negligence. Nadine Machiskinic, 29, died on Jan. 10, 2015, after falling 10 storeys down the chute at the Delta Regina Hotel. The statement of claim, filed with the Court of Queen's Bench in Regina, accuses the Delta Hotel and the company that owns it — Luxury...

 

FSIN calls drunk driving 'a significant stain on the province'

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is calling for a more comprehensive effort to try and stop people from drinking and driving in the province. "Our prayers go out to the many family and friends of the victims of drinking and driving," said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. The appeal comes a little more than a week after a Saskatoon family was killed on the highway just...

 

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to look at 'substandard' care at IHS in Great Plains

The "substandard" health care in a particularly troublesome region of Indian Country will be the focus of a hearing on Capitol Hill later this month. The Great Plains Area of the Indian Health Service has been under intense scrutiny for several years due to management failures and cutbacks in care. Despite the known deficiencies, top officials remain in charge within the...

 

Lac La Ronge, Sask. gets help from U.S. in search for missing man

The search continues for a missing man from Lac La Ronge, Sask., nearly a month after he disappeared. Billy Taylor, 36, was last seen on the evening of Dec. 17 leaving Lac La Ronge on his snowmobile and heading to La Ronge, Sask. Today, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band added a second remote operated vehicle to help search for Taylor. Chief Tammy Cook-Searson said the Submerged...

 

Man banned from Blood Reserve after drug bust, arrested in Standoff

LETHBRIDGE – Blood Tribe police continue to battle drug issues on the reserve with another significant bust. On Jan. 11, Blood Tribe Police Service and the Crime Reduction Unit searched a house in Standoff, seizing nearly $30,000 in cocaine and fentanyl. Kyle Mitchell Saddleback was arrested at the scene; he had been released on conditions for previous charges and was banned...

 

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