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Minneapolis police release final bodycam policy

Minneapolis Police unveiled a final body camera policy Wednesday, one week before nearly 600 officers are due to be outfitted with the devices in hopes of improving department accountability and public trust. The guidelines address when officers would record police-citizen interactions and how that data would be stored. Under the new plan, sworn officers would be required to...

 

Woman acquitted in crash that killed 3 children in Wisconsin

ELLSWORTH, Wis. — Jurors have acquitted a woman accused of texting before a 2013 crash that killed her daughter and two nieces in western Wisconsin. The jury deliberated less than two hours Wednesday before finding 35-year-old Kari Jo Milberg of Centuria not guilty on all counts. Pierce County prosecutors alleged Milberg was sending and receiving Facebook messages just...

 

More than 100 Nobel laureates take on Greenpeace over GMO opposition

More than 100 Nobel laureates have signed a letter urging Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The letter asks Greenpeace to cease its efforts to block introduction of a genetically engineered strain of rice that supporters say could reduce Vitamin A deficiencies causing blindness and death in children in the developing world. “We urge...

 

Legislators look at lowering hunting age in Minnesota

Some Minnesota legislators want to lower the age that children can use a firearm to go hunting from 12 to 11 years old. The measure would allow 11-year-olds to get firearm safety certificates after completing a class. Currently, 11-year-olds can take the safety course, but their certificate is not valid until they turn 12. “I certainly went out hunting younger than 11 and I...

 

The Latest: Navajo Nation crew deployed fire shelters

POTRERO, Calif. — The Latest on a wildfires burning in the U.S. West (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A group of firefighters who had to deploy their fire shelters this week while battling an Arizona blaze were part of the Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew. Six firefighters in the 20-member crew deployed their shelters Tuesday, a few days after the three-year anniversary of a fire...

 

Dick Bancroft has shot photos of the American Indian struggle for 46 years

Dick Bancroft was a dropout from the University of Minnesota, an insurance salesman, then a Presbyterian missionary who lived in Nairobi, Kenya, with his wife, Debbie, and four children from 1966 to 1968. But in 1970, he had a life-changing experience, meeting American Indian Movement (AIM) members. For the past 46 years he's chronicled AIM's causes as its unofficial...

 

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake hands out more eviction letters

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake has resumed handing out eviction letters to non-natives living in the community on Montreal's South Shore, asking them to obey the controversial law that bans mixed-marriage couples from staying on the territory. Twenty letters signed by Grand Chief Joe Norton were sent out starting in mid-June, prompted by complaints the band council said it...

 

Indian tribes to be allowed to gather plants in national parks

The gathering and removal of plants or plant parts for traditional purposes will now be allowed in national parks by members of federally recognized Indian tribes. The rule change was announced by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Wednesday at the National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference in Spokane, Wash. “The changes to the gathering rule support...

 

Indigenous leaders demand action on 'no foul play' MMIW cases

Indigenous leaders and advocates say dozens of cases where police determined there was no evidence of foul play must be included in a federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. They were responding to a CBC News investigation that uncovered 34 cases in which families disagreed with official findings that their loved ones' deaths or disappearances...

 

Arkansas attorney general settles on alleged illegal payday loan scheme

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced her office has settled a consumer protection lawsuit against Western Sky Financial, CashCall Inc., WS Funding, Martin A. Webb and J. Paul Reddam that had alleged the entities conspired to offer illegal payday loans. The defendants purportedly offered payday loans with interest rates...

 

Thunder Bay police chief reacts to inquest recommendations into First Nations student deaths

The chief of police in Thunder Bay, Ont., says he looking forward to partnering with other groups in the community to ensure the city is a safe place for First Nations students. J.P. Levesque was reacting to the recommendations delivered Tuesday by a coroner's inquest examining the deaths of seven First Nations students who had left their remote communities to attend high...

 

Native talent among diverse group asked to join film academy

Actor Adam Beach, writer Sherman Alexie, producer Heather Rae and executive Joanelle Romero are among a diverse group of luminaries who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy produces the Oscars and has faced criticism for its lack of diversity. By extending invitations to a class of 683 artists and executives -- more than double...

 

Blackfeet Tribe's general election results

In a general election held Tuesday, Blackfeet voters filled four open positions on the tribe’s most powerful legislative body, the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council. With one qualified exception, all the incumbent candidates running to retain their seats on the nine-member BTBC lost in their re-election bids. Browning District, Position No. 1 Blackfeet Chief Earl Old Person...

 

Funds available for HIV prevention, care of Native Americans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The federal agency that provides health care to Native Americans will award up to $1 million in grants to tribes and organizations across the country in an effort to improve HIV prevention and care outcomes among tribal populations. The funding from the Indian Health Service will come in the form of up to five awards together totaling no more than...

 

Voters elect 2 young leaders to top spots in Gwich'in Tribal Council

Two young leaders are now at the helm of the Gwich'in Tribal Council, after voters opted for change during Monday's election. Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan, 39, was elected the new president of the council — the first woman to ever hold the position. She also took the win by a wide margin and against two seasoned leaders. "It just means a great deal to me, not only to be...

 

Inquest called in death of Indigenous woman who fell down Regina laundry chute

Saskatchewan's chief coroner has called for a review of the circumstances surrounding the death of an indigenous woman, Nadine Machiskinic, at a Regina hotel last year. Machiskinic, a 29-year-old mother of four, fell to her death down a laundry chute at the Delta Hotel in January 2015. Chief Coroner Kent Stewart announced today that an inquest will be held in order to ensure...

 

Jackley wants prison time for Gear Up defendants

South Dakota's top prosecutor wants to put someone behind bars for the state's Gear Up scandal. But the attorney general faces an obstacle in a 2013 state law that made it tougher to lock up nonviolent offenders without criminal histories. Three people have been charged with helping embezzle more than $1 million from a state-funded education cooperative. Stacy Phelps, Dan...

 

Leech Lake Tribal College celebrates its 25 years anniversary

The Leech Lake Tribal College will celebrate its 25 year anniversary July 15 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with reception and main programming starts at 7. Guests include state dignitaries, tribal representatives, education administrators and many friends of the College. The event is to mark the start of the future of the College and usher...

 

Billings contractor indicted again in Chippewa Cree corruption case

Billings contractor Kevin David McGovern and his company, CMG Construction, this week denied corruption charges alleging they defrauded the Chippewa Cree Tribe and bribed tribal officials to get $2.5 million in federally funded contracts without having to compete. McGovern, 46, pleaded not guilty to a four-count indictment during an arraignment Tuesday in U.S. District Court...

 

Jehovah's Witnesses Destroy Ancient Indigenous Temple in Mexico

Members of the Christian sect Jehovah's Witness reportedly destroyed a sacred Indigenous archaeological heritage site in central eastern Mexico in an act of apparent religious intolerance, claiming the traditional rituals practiced at the ancient ceremonial place were “not Christian,” local media reported Monday. The attack on the more than 7,000 year-old Makonikha...

 

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