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  • Red Lake Elementary School Holiday Concert held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - P26

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Jan 19, 2018

    The Red Lake Elementary School held their Holiday Concert at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at RLES. The Third, Fourth and Fifth graders performed. On Wednesday, grades 1 and 2, will entertain the audience starting at 1:30 PM....

  • Letter to the Editor: The Opioid Epidemic is a National Emergency

    Congressman Collin Peterson, Minnesota 7th District|Jan 19, 2018

    Last summer, President Trump’s national opioid commission recommended that he declare the opioid epidemic a “national emergency” or a “public health emergency.” It was my hope that the President would choose the former, which would have allowed for the use of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds to combat addiction. Instead, the president chose to declare a 90-day public health emergency which is set to expire on January 23. As we approach this deadline, it is clear that little has been achieved as a result. Over the...

  • State Supreme Court Overturns Sweeping Ruling In CCJEF Education Funding Lawsuit

    Jan 19, 2018

    The state Supreme Court has overturned a Superior Court judge’s controversial ruling that would have upended the state’s educational-funding scheme and mandated a vast overhaul of teacher evaluations, educational standards and special-education services. Fourteen months after Judge Thomas Moukawsher released his blockbuster decision in a case brought by the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, the high court put the brakes on his far-reaching order, declaring that the state had met its minimal constitutional obligations...

  • Quality Counts 2018: Report and Rankings

    Jan 19, 2018

    Education Week’s annual state-by-state assessment of public education paints a portrait of middling performance overall with patches of high achievement, along with perennial struggles to improve on the part of states mired at the bottom. This is the first of three data-driven Quality Counts packages this year exploring distinct aspects of the performance of America’s public schools.

  • Lawmaker seeks home school oversight after 13 found captive

    Jan 19, 2018

    LOS ANGELES — City officials couldn’t find any records that the fire marshal conducted required annual inspections at a California home that doubled as a private school where authorities say 13 malnourished siblings were kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents. On Wednesday, a state lawmaker for the area said he’s considering introducing legislation requiring state officials to conduct at least annual walkthroughs of schools.


    Jan 19, 2018

    VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT RECEPTIONIST HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT GOVERNMENT CENTER Open: January 17, 2018 Closing: January 31, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m. PRIMARY FUNCTION: To perform Receptionist duties at the Human Resources Department; work hours- two (2) days per week; Monday and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and be available to work additional hours when necessary. Reports to Director, part-time positions, salary DOQ. ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES: • Answering incoming telephone calls, directing...

  • RespectAbility Submits Testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the School to Prison Pipeline: Intersections of Students of Color with Disabilities

    Jan 19, 2018

    Washington, D.C., Jan. 18 – RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, submitted testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in strong support of ending the disproportionate, unjust and counterproductive use of suspensions and expulsions for children with disabilities and students of color. Wrote its president, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, “The continued use of these tools of exclusion worsens educational outcomes and decreases safety for all students....

  • New Public-Private Partnership Brings Together Precision Agriculture and Conservation to Improve Water Quality in Cedar River Watershed

    Jan 19, 2018

    St. Paul, MN - A first-of-its-kind Minnesota public-private partnership is helping improve water quality and address water resource challenges including flooding and sedimentation in the Cedar River Watershed in southern Minnesota. The Cedar River Watershed Project is a collaboration between CFS Cooperative, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Mower County Soil and Water Conservation District, Environmental Initiative and Hormel Foods Corporation. Through this work, farmers in the watershed, which covers parts of...

  • MnDOT seeks recommendations for Corridors of Commerce projects

    Jan 19, 2018

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation today announced that it is seeking project recommendations for Corridors of Commerce projects. The agency has $400 million set aside to fund projects over the next four years. “Corridors of Commerce has been an outstanding way to fund projects that connect Minnesota businesses to customers and workers to new job opportunities,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “We look forward to seeing recommendations from across the state that offer improvements that will enhance the...

  • Minnesota Gains 8,900 Jobs in December; Statewide unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, lowest level in more than 17 years

    Jan 19, 2018

    ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 8,900 jobs in December, with 8,700 of them coming from the private sector, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state gained 44,200 jobs during the calendar year, a growth rate of 1.5 percent. The U.S. rate of job growth last year also was 1.5 percent. Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December was 3.1 percent, down slightly from the revised rate of 3.2 percent in November and the lowest...

  • MDA Bolsters Local Companies at National Food Show

    Jan 19, 2018

    St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host 17 food companies at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, January 21-23. The MDA’s Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) New Markets cost-share program will provide discounted booth space, on-site support, and other services throughout the national specialty food event. For burgeoning food and beverage companies, participating in national and international trade shows can help drive company growth by expanding distribution and growing sales. Participa...

  • HJ Sims' Refinancing Provides Debt Service Savings and Liquidity Relief to Established Arizona Senior Living Provider

    Jan 19, 2018

    FAIRFIELD, CT– HJ Sims (Sims), a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm founded in 1935, announced that on December 15, 2017, the firm closed a $19,000,000 refunding loan and arranged financing for a $5,000,000 non-revolving line of credit for Westminster Village, located in Scottsdale, AZ. Westminster Village, Inc. (Westminster) is a premier, not-for-profit life care retirement community providing resort style amenities, housing and health care to residents through a retirement community containing 250 independent living...

  • Tension Builds Between Tribe And Law Enforcement After Bad River Teen's Death

    Jan 19, 2018

    Jason Pero should have been at school Wednesday, Nov. 8, but he left early that day because he wasn’t feeling well. Just before his classmates would file into the cafeteria to eat lunch, Jason was shot and killed by Ashland County Sheriff Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich. The shooting of the 14-year-old boy on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin has ignited debate over the tribe’s relationship with law enforcement. Tensions between Native Americans and police aren't uncommon. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

  • U.S. Secretary of the Interior meets with Kiowa tribe members

    Jan 19, 2018

    CARNEGIE, OK (KSWO) - United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was in Carnegie on Thursday to speak to members of the Kiowa tribe. Secretary Zinke said during his time as secretary, he's learned that every tribal Nation is different and he wants to reorganize some things.

  • Officials tout low-cost apartments for UNM Navajo students

    Jan 19, 2018

    Janalee Livingston is a senior at the University of New Mexico studying chemistry with the hopes of one day becoming a pharmacist. Livingston isn’t the only one from her family at UNM.

  • Northern Cheyenne Council members argue Killsback's inauguration was invalid

    Jan 19, 2018

    Members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council said Monday’s inauguration of L. Jace Killsback as tribal president is invalid. Council members Dana Eaglefeathers, Waylan Rogers, and Vernon Small maintain that a tribal judge issued a stay on January 12, three days before Killsback was inaugurated, that should have prevented him from taking office.

  • Trump And Lawmakers Got Cash From Payday Lenders, Then Weakened Lending Rules

    Jan 19, 2018

    Less than two months after President Donald Trump tapped his budget director to run the independent federal agency tasked with protecting U.S. consumers from harmful and predatory financial practices, the agency has moved to undo a rule intended to prevent payday lenders from preying on low-income Americans. The reversal — which follows recent congressional proposals with the same objective — is a major win for the $40 billion payday lending industry, which has recently started delivering big money to Trump and to congressional critics of...

  • American Indians in Minnesota Reclaim Traditional Tobacco

    Jan 19, 2018

    Along with the trend of spontaneous collaborations last year, some organic collaborations have also emerged. In Minnesota, a number of American Indian nations, local community groups, some nonprofits—one fairly new, others well established—and the state of Minnesota itself, have come together to acknowledge ancient traditions while taking the chance to turn away from commercial tobacco products. Eleven sovereign tribes in Minnesota are putting rules in place that resemble those in some 25 states—such as no smoking in public places,...

  • Tunica Biloxi tribal chairman pleads guilty to illegally taking more than $83,000 from tribe

    Jan 19, 2018

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (U.S. Attorney's Office Western District of LA) - United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Chairman Joey Barbry pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally taking more than $83,000 from the tribe’s check cashing business. Barbry, 40, of Mansura, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to one count of theft from an Indian tribal organization. According to the guilty plea, Barbry cashed 105 non-sufficient fund (NSF) checks totaling $83,510 from July 2014 to November 2014...

  • Colville Business Council Expels Councilwoman Williams-Louis

    Jan 19, 2018

    Nespelem — By a 10-3 vote, the Colville Business Council (CBC) today approved the expulsion of CBC member Melissa Louis-Williams. The expulsion is effective immediately. The decision was based upon the CBC’s determination that Louis-William committed gross misconduct while a council member, in violation of the Colville Tribes’ Constitution and Chapter 1-8 of the Colville Tribal Code. The CBC will discuss filling the vacancy in the Omak District at a later date.

  • American Indian Tribes Create an Agricultural Coalition to Impact the Next Farm Bill

    Jan 19, 2018

    The Farm Bill, which is passed every five years (or so—the last one, in 2014, was two years late), includes a lot of the stuff you might imagine—farm subsidies, crop insurance—but it also address a boatload of other issues, like the SNAP benefits (aka the food stamp program), rural assistance, employment help, conservation measures in agriculture, forestry programs, food research and development, biofuels, and more. It’s vital not just to farmers but to the economically disadvantaged, and anyone who lives in rural America, too....

  • New Tribal Council members share insights and glimpses into the futures

    Jan 19, 2018

    PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council members echoed one another’s message of working together as a team, laying aside past and present clashes and moving ahead with getting down to business and serving the tribal membership in 2018. After being announced as Tribal Council Chairman, Ron Trahan thanked council members for their confidence in him. “Thank you to all my colleagues. We will get there together to help the people,” Trahan said. He added that the Tribes were doing well and was pleased to have the team in...

  • 'I Love Having A Bed:' New Permanent Supportive Housing Opens In Central Phoenix

    Jan 19, 2018

    Flute music floated on the brisk morning air in the courtyard of a new supportive housing community for the formerly homeless in Central Phoenix Thursday. Camelback Pointe is a 54-unit complex with in-house services such as case managers and life skills classes. “If you think about it, it would be very hard to, say, get a job if you don’t have a regular place to take a shower, wash your clothes and get a good night’s sleep and prepare nutritious food for yourself,” said Supervisor Stefanie Smith.

  • The state officially changes Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska

    Jan 19, 2018

    It’s official, at least in Minnesota: Lake Calhoun, the biggest lake in Minneapolis, will now go by its original Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska. Tom Landwehr, commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, announced the DNR’s approval of the new name Thursday. Whether or not the U.S. Board of Geographic Names now chooses to keep Lake Calhoun on federal documents, he said, the state will recognize the Indian name for the lake.

  • Yellowstone Initiates Criminal Investigation On The Release Of Bison

    Jan 19, 2018

    The Yellowstone National Park has initiated a criminal investigation into the release of bison from a quarantine facility. Early Tuesday morning, park officials discovered 52 bison missing. Park officials said the bison were able to leave the containment area through a cut fence, suggesting someone explicitly freed the bison. The animals had been in containment for almost two years to ensure that they were free of brucellosis, a disease that can cause livestock to miscarry. The disease-free bison must be held for up to two years before they...

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