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7 hurt on American Airlines jet; plane diverts to Canada

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland — Seven people were taken to hospital after an American Airlines plane from Miami to Milan made an emergency landing in Newfoundland after the jet briefly encountered severe turbulence. The aircraft landed safely in the East Coast Canadian province late Sunday, where it was met by paramedics. American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said three...

 

Hundreds of lots are empty amid frenzy of demand for homes in Minneapolis

In Minneapolis, demand for housing has never been more intense. Agents are begging people to put homes up for sale. The teardown-and-rebuild phenomenon is spreading from the wealthy southwest corner east to the Mississippi River and toward downtown. But on the city’s North Side, there are hundreds of empty lots — some for as little as $1,700 — with few takers. It’s a...

 

Cherokee Nation offers free tax preparation for qualifying Native, non-Native families alike

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation is now taking appointments to help eligible families fill out 2015 federal and state income taxes for free. Last year the tribe’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helped more than 1,500 taxpayers by saving preparation fees of up to $400 that are normally charged for those services. To qualify for VITA, which is open to both Native and...

 

Counter-protesters show up at occupied Oregon refuge

BURNS, Ore. - More than three weeks since an armed group of anti-government protesters took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, tensions spiked this weekend when another group showed up to demonstrate against the occupation. The occupiers and those protesting the occupation all say they want public lands to be available for everyone, but the protesters believe it's...

 

17-year-old boy charged in Canada shooting that left 4 dead, 7 wounded

A 17-year-old boy was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in a mass shooting at a school and home in a remote aboriginal community in central Canada, officials said. Police said the male suspect can't be named under Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Supt. Grant St. Germaine said nine people were...

 

Canadian MP says La Loche shooting shows 'tragic' plight of First Nations

Canada’s government, grappling with a fatal attack in a remote aboriginal town, is very concerned about the “tragic and alarming” conditions in other indigenous communities, a top official has said. A 17-year-old boy was due to appear in court on Monday charged with four counts of murder after Friday’s deadly incident in La Loche, an impoverished town in the western...

 

La Loche shooting: Mayor, local MP call for school to be 'torn down'

The acting mayor of La Loche, Sask., and the member of Parliament for the region are calling for the school in their northern Saskatchewan community to be torn down and rebuilt following a shooting Friday. "I want that school to be rebuilt. Torn down, rebuilt ... because of the trauma," Kevin Janvier said Sunday following a meeting with provincial and national leaders,...

 

Flood-Prone Louisiana to Get $234M to Move Village, Control Stormwater

In a nod to the threat Louisiana faces from flooding, the federal government is sending $233.8 million in grants to Louisiana to relocate a coastal American-Indian village, prevent damage from hurricanes and make a suburban slice of New Orleans better at handling stormwaters. The funds are part of a $1 billion package the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development...

 

Yurok Tribe Declares Emergency After Rash of Suicides

The Yurok Tribe has declared a state of emergency after seven young tribal members took their own lives over an 18-month span. The tribe is working with tribal, state and federal agencies and developing a "broad, collaborative plan to identify the root causes of this epidemic," according to a press release. All of the suicides were committed by tribal members between the ages...

 

Quileute Tribal School competing for federal funds to move school to higher ground

LA PUSH — The Quileute Tribal School is preparing to compete with nine other tribal schools for millions of dollars in funding to move students permanently to higher ground, away from ocean storms and tsunamis. The small kindergarten-through-12th-grade school with an enrollment of 70 to 80 students is one of 10 tribal schools selected nationwide to compete for a complete...

 

Native American flutist featured with Symphony Orchestra

The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra's first concert of the year will showcase the talents of renowned Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai. As the featured soloist, Nakai will perform "Shaman's Call," "Sonoran Nights" and two original improvisations. Nakai's story is a colorful one, and his accomplishments are grand. Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com...

 

Tribes Hope to Bring Elk Back to Northeastern Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Elk once roamed most of Minnesota before hunters killed them off. Now the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe hopes to bring them back to northeastern Minnesota. Tribal officials and other supporters say restoring them could open up new opportunities for nature tourism. They're looking at an area that's only a couple hours' drive north of the Twin Cities. Success...

 

Canada government worried about aboriginal towns in wake of shooting

Canada's government, grappling with a fatal attack in a remote aboriginal town, is very concerned about the "tragic and alarming" conditions in other indigenous communities, a top official said on Sunday. A 17-year-old boy was due to appear in court on Monday, charged with four counts of murder after Friday's deadly incident in La Loche, an impoverished town in the western...

 

US tribes oppose massive pipeline expansion in Canada

SEATTLE (AP) — A proposed pipeline-expansion project in Canada will put the fishing rights and cultural heritage of U.S. tribes at risk, a lawyer representing several Washington state tribes told Canadian energy regulators. Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain project would nearly triple pipeline capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of crude oil a day. It would carry oil from...

 

Former Arizona lawmaker ordered to repay Navajo Nation

The Gallup Independent (http://bit.ly/1lKttWL ) reports the judgment against Sylvia Laughter was issued earlier this week. The tribe's Ethics and Rules Office says Laughter failed to respond to a complaint that she received preferential treatment when hired at the Dennehotso (deh-neh-HOTE'-so) Chapter in Arizona. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Former-Ari...

 

U.S. Supreme Court Examines Tribal Authority Over Non-Indians in Nebraska v. Pender

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Jan. 20, 2016, in Nebraska v. Pender, its third Indian law case of the term. The question presented was whether Congress had diminished the Omaha Indian Reservation when it opened the reservation to settlement by non-Indians in the late 1800s during the allotment era. This question is usually determined by a well-settled,...

 

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Extra-Territorial Criminal Jurisdiction Over Tribal Members

The Federal Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee) recently affirmed criminal jurisdiction over tribal members for criminal acts committed outside of the tribal reservation boundaries. In Kelsey v Pope, et. al., the plaintiff challenged his conviction of a misdemeanor for conduct occurring at the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians...

 

Even With High Sexual Assault Rates, Reservation Lacks Funds For Safe House

For victims of violent crime on the Wind River Indian Reservation, finding help and safety after an attack can be hard. A lack of funding means there are very few services for crime victims there. Recently, the only safe house for victims of sexual assault on Wind River closed down when its funding went dry, forcing victims to risk traveling to nearby towns to shelters off the...

 

Family of missing man critical of BIA probe

KYLE | The family of a 24-year-old former Kyle man missing for 12 weeks says Bureau of Indian Affairs agents have been indifferent to his disappearance amid rumors that he was murdered and buried somewhere on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Alex “Tank” Gay, also known as Alejandro “Tank” Vazquez, a 5-foot-7, 200-pound Lakota, was last seen Oct. 29 near Kyle....

 

FBI confirms discovery of missing woman's body

PINE RIDGE | The FBI Friday afternoon confirmed discovery of the body of a young mother of two, missing for nearly three weeks from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The body of Emily Blue Bird, 24, was found Thursday as family members and other volunteers searched for her near Pine Ridge. The discovery brought a sad end to a wrenching family drama that started shortly after...

 

La Loche, Sask., shootings: Male, 17, charged with 4 counts of 1st-degree murder

The small, tight-knit community of La Loche in northern Saskatchewan is "shattered" after shootings Friday left four people dead, including two teachers and two brothers, and another seven injured. "The whole of La Loche is shaken. Every individual in La Loche has been wounded by this event," said Kevin Janvier, the community's acting mayor. "These emotional and mental wounds...

 

La Loche, the Canadian Town Where 4 Were Killed, Has a Bleak History

OTTAWA — Sudden deaths in La Loche, Saskatchewan, where shootings at two locations left four people dead and seven wounded on Friday, are an all too familiar event. But before Friday, suicide was the main cause of such deaths. The police on Saturday offered few additional details about the shootings. The 17-year-old suspect, whose motive has not been revealed, remains in the...

 

Lac La Croix 'Dream Team' sets sights on west coast

A week-long trip to Vancouver, B.C. may seem like a modest goal, but for 15 high school students from the tiny First Nations community of Lac La Croix in northwestern Ontario, it really could be a dream come true. The students — many of whom have never left Ontario, flown on an airplane, or seen the ocean — have dubbed themselves the "Lac Lacroix Dream Team," and they're...

 

Dreamstarters Named By Billy Mills Take Top Honors

On October 14, 2014, fifty years to the day since Oglala Lakota runner Billy Mills’s historic gold medal win in the 10,000-meter run, Mills and Running Strong for American Indian Youth announced Dreamstarter, a new program to help bring Native youth’s dreams to life. Now, halfway through its first year, Dreamstarter grantees are already winning top national honors and...

 

Federal authorities say a lawsuit from the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin seeking the right to grow an industrial crop related to marijuana should be dismissed

MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration say a lawsuit from the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin seeking the right to grow an industrial crop related to marijuana should be dismissed. The motion, filed Tuesday, comes in a case that began after 30,000 hemp plants were seized last year in a raid on tribal land. It also highlights national...

 

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