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Mpls. launches 'Talking is Teaching' campaign to get parents and babies talking

In bus advertisements, billboards and social media posts that will go up this week, the city of Minneapolis is asking parents to do something simple that officials believe could have a big impact on erasing disparities: talk to their kids. Tuesday, Mayor Betsy Hodges will launch “Talking is Teaching,” a new initiative aimed at getting parents to talk, sing and read to...

 

Progress slow on reaching gender parity on corporate boards

The percentage of women on the boards of S&P 500 companies is still only 20 percent, making little progress from the year before, a new national report has found. And while at least a dozen of Minnesota’s public companies — led by Best Buy, Ameriprise Financial and Patterson Companies — have better representation than the nation as a whole, the percentage for all the...

 

In Clinton's search for a running mate, chemistry counts

In a college gymnasium this month in Newark, N.J., Sen. Cory Booker introduced Hillary Clinton to the crowd. It took him nearly 13 minutes. He piled praise on her and bashed her Republican rival, quoting Thomas Jefferson, Maya Angelou, Abraham Lincoln and even a song by Jon Bon Jovi, a New Jersey native. http://www.startribune.com/in-clinton-s-search-for-a-r...

 

Hotter days bring bigger wildfire challenges to West

LOS ANGELES — A wildfire that for days has threatened hundreds of homes and popular seaside campgrounds near Santa Barbara was half-surrounded and held in check, though firefighters were about to face the hottest day yet and the kind of dry, torrid conditions prevailing from the West Coast all the way to New Mexico. A Red Flag warning for late Sunday and early Monday,...

 

DNR spying on native river fish to watch their habits

It’s the flip side of keeping invasive carp out of Minnesota waters, and it requires high-tech spying on 50-pound Flathead catfish, prized paddlefish, sturgeon, muskies, bigmouth buffalo and other native fish lurking in the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. Last week as a special DNR fishing crew continued to tag these critters with ultrasonic transmitters, agency officials...

 

Montana lawmaker proposes renaming Columbus Day

BOZEMAN — A Montana lawmaker is proposing that the Legislature rename Columbus day with a name that celebrates Native Americans. State Rep. Bridget Smith, D-Wolf Point, submitted a bill request last week that would change the holiday to celebrate indigenous people instead of the explorer. http://billingsgazette.com/news/government-and-politics/montana-lawm...

 

Custody dispute hinges on tribal court decision

TRAVERSE CITY — Three Traverse City children are stuck in the center of a custody dispute — a complex web that pulls together the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians tribal code and two non-native families. Everyone agrees they want what's best for the kids — ages 13, 12 and 10 — but...

 

How a Utah County Silenced Native American Voters -- and How Navajos Are Fighting Back

To understand why Wilfred Jones wanted an ambulance, you have to understand where he lives. San Juan County, in southeastern Utah, is nearly as big as New Jersey but is home to fewer than 15,000 people. The lower third is part of the Navajo Nation and is almost entirely Ute and Navajo. The upper two-thirds are white and predominantly Mormon. Jones, a 61-year-old grandfather...

 

The fascinating tribal tradition that gave Obama his last name

Obama. It's the name on the tip of all of our tongues. It is whispered through the marble halls of Washington. It is shouted from the frothing mouths of protesters. Every world leader has uttered it. Obama. He may be the most-talked-about man in the world. Echoes of his unique last name bounce off the world's walls and into billions of ears. So much has been made of President...

 

Police killings of Native Americans must end

On March 27, Easter Sunday, a young Navajo mother, 27-year-old Loreal Tsingine, was shot five times by Winslow, Ariz., police officer Austin Shipley, allegedly for resisting arrest by brandishing a pair of scissors. Tsingine was petite — 5 feet tall and weighing less than 100 pounds. Officer Shipley, a white male, is 6 feet tall and weighs over 200 pounds. On that fateful...

 

Psychiatrist says Health Canada forces First Nations patients try outdated meds

OTTAWA – Health Canada makes some on-reserve patients jump through hoops or wait longer than non-indigenous Canadians to access prescription drugs their doctors believe they need to treat mental illnesses, a psychiatrist who has worked in First Nations communities says. Dr. Cornelia Wieman, who spent eight years as a community-based psychiatrist at Six Nations of the Grand...

 

Dangerous conditions persist at some Native American schools

WASHINGTON — Native American students in dozens of schools around the country could be studying, and in some cases living, in unsafe conditions. But the government’s Indian Affairs department is falling behind in inspections and has no idea if many of its schools are safe. The agency didn’t examine about a third of its schools last year, even though it is supposed to do...

 

500 years ago: Pope gives permission to conquer Indigenous people

They are called papal bulls, edicts made by popes Nicholas V and Alexander VI in the fifteenth-century that instructed how European explorers were to treat Indigenous people. Here's an excerpt: "That in our times, especially the Catholic faith and the Christian religion be exalted and be everywhere increased and spread, that the health of souls be cared for, and that barbarous...

 

Budweiser Faces Another Lawsuit Over Culturally Offensive Beer Ad

This week, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina filed a suit against Anheuser-Busch and its distributor for using the tribe’s official logo and slogan in a local marketing campaign for beer. These ads prominently featured images of a tribal dancer, the tribe’s logo, and the tribe’s slogan — “Heritage, Pride & Strength” — above coolers of Budweiser and Bud Light....

 

Sister of murdered Quebec Mohawk woman still seeking answers 10 years later

MONTREAL — Tiffany Morrison's bones were found in a wooded area on May 31, 2010, four years after she left her home near Montreal to meet some friends. Now, 10 years to the day since the 24-year-old went missing on June 18, 2006, her family still doesn't know who killed her. "It's a constant unknown," her sister, Melanie Morrison, said in an interview. htt...

 

FBI Offers Reward In Hit-and-Run Near Shiprock

The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver responsible for a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman on the Navajo Nation on or about April 4, 2016. The Native American woman’s body was found along the south shoulder of the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 64, near mile marker 29-1/2, approximately seven miles east of...

 

Caitlin Potts left sister chilling last message before she disappeared from B.C. Interior

Caitlin Potts has been missing for almost four months and family members are starting to fear the worst. Pott's sister, Codi, says there are a number of chilling clues the 27-year-old First Nations mother left behind before she vanished. Her last known location was either Enderby or Kelowna. B.C. "She left me a message the morning she went missing saying she had found a ride...

 

Payday loan mogul Scott Tucker can't pay for his own defense attorneys

Scott Tucker, a Leawood businessman accused of running a $2 billion payday loan operation that preyed on 4.5 million consumers, now can’t pay for attorneys in a federal criminal case against him. A federal regulator last year asked a judge to freeze Tucker’s assets. In the weeks and months that followed, recently unsealed documents show, Tucker wired millions of dollars to...

 

Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country

Native women rallied on Capitol Hill on Thursday as they continued efforts to reduce high rates of violence in Indian Country. The National Congress of American Indians, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the Indian Law Resource Center hosted an overflow crowd at the U.S. Capitol to discuss a new report from the Department of Justice. The data confirms that...

 

Hoopa Valley Tribe addresses rodent infestation developments

HOOPA, Calif. - The following release was issued Friday from the Hoopa Valley Tribe regarding the issue of rodent infestiation at Ray's Food Place. The Hoopa Valley Tribe was notified of an extensive rodent infestation in a building it leases to Ray’s Food Place grocery store, which is owned by C & K Market, Inc., on June 10, 2016. In response, Tribal Chairman Ryan Jackson...

 

Norman Deschampe re-elected as tribal chairman

The general election for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa was held Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Band members went to the polls at the Old Log School from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to vote for one four-year position—tribal chairman. Running for the chairman seat was incumbent Norman W. Deschampe, opposed by Donovan Dahmen. Deschampe held on to the tribal chairman seat with...

 

Indian Health Service supports goals of bill addressing reservation hospitals

The head of the federal agency responsible for providing healthcare to Native Americans believes legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would help fix severe shortcomings at its hospitals nationwide. Mary Smith, principal deputy director of the Indian Health Service, spoke with The Associated Press ahead of a U.S. Senate committee hearing scheduled for Friday in...

 

All fireworks banned on Colville Indian Reservation

NESPELEM, Wash. (AP) — Leaders have banned all fireworks on the Colville Indian Reservation in north-central Washington, citing significant wildfire risks this summer. The Colville Business Council announced the fireworks ban Thursday. The council said in a news release that it passed the resolution due to increased risk of forest and range wildfires and over concerns for...

 

Native American basketball showcase grows this season

Even before it kicked off last year, JR Good Luck had even bigger ideas for what the Native American All-Star Showcase could become. It certainly was a success in its inaugural year, with the top Native American high school basketball players in Montana and Wyoming playing in front of near-capacity crowds at Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency. A year later, the event will...

 

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