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  • Vice President Biden gives mixed signals about running for president

    Oct 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON – Long past the time Joe Biden hoped to announce his plans for 2016, the vice president is still steeped in indecision, breeding uncertainty among Democrats eagerly looking for clues to whether he’ll run. For those hoping he’ll enter the race, he’s offering obvious winks: His staff is poring over filing deadlines and courting potential donors while Biden drops casual references to the presidential campaign into his public speeches.

  • State briefs: Nonprofits to share $2.7M in state grants

    Jennifer Brooks, Star Tribune|Oct 5, 2015

    MANKATO - Nonprofits share $2.7M to aid small businesses Eleven nonprofits around the state will split $2.7 million in state grants designed to help new businesses and entrepreneurs get on their feet. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded the grants last week to nonprofits that provide technical assistance and services to fledgling businesses. Among the outstate award recipients are Duluth’s Entrepreneur Fund, which estimates it has helped “start, stabilize or expand more than 1,300 businesses” over...

  • A 'deal with the devil'? Native American tribes push for marijuana legalization

    Oct 5, 2015

    With 23 US states having legalized marijuana in some form – Oregon became the latest to permit the sale of marijuana for recreational on Thursday – some Native American nations are now also considering the possibility of legalizing the plant, in some cases because it could represent a revenue stream. Within the past few weeks, two Wisconsin nations, the Menominee and the Ho-Chunk, have registered popular support for such a move, one through a referendum and the other when tribal members voted to adopt a resolution supporting legalization. htt...

  • Missing and murdered indigenous women remembered in annual march

    Oct 5, 2015

    More than 100 Montrealers gathered in Cabot Square to mark the 10th annual memorial march and vigil for Canada's missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. The national Sisters In Spirit march and vigils was founded in 2005 by Bridget Tolley, an Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg in Quebec, about 135 kilometres north of Ottawa. Her mother was hit and killed by an RCMP cruiser in 2001.

  • American Spirit Cigarettes Targeted in Lawsuit over Deceptive Marketing

    Oct 5, 2015

    Unless you live under a rock, you know that all forms of smoking are dangerous. However, the manufacturer of American Spirit cigarettes, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co., is facing a class action lawsuit over marketing its products as “natural” and “additive free”. American Spirit cigarettes are made from “100% certified organic tobacco” and while some consumers could believe that this makes for a ‘healthier’ cigarette, Santa Fe states on its homepage, “No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette.” http://www.modvive....

  • Ivy League School Will No Longer Give Plum Job To Fake Indian

    Oct 5, 2015

    Ivy League School Will No Longer Give Plum Job To Fake Indian Dartmouth College announced Thursday that Susan Taffe Reed, who attracted scorn and ridicule for claiming membership in an Indian tribe regarded by other Indians as bogus, will no longer serve as the director of the school’s Native American Program. “Susan Taffe Reed will no longer serve as the director of the Native American Program,” Dartmouth said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the distraction around her appointment prevents her from effectively serving in this role.” Taffe Ree...

  • 9-1-1 call released in death of Native American man

    Oct 5, 2015

    PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The chilling and emotional 9-1-1 call from the wife of a murdered Native American icon was released Friday. 78-year-old Jess Sixkiller was gunned down in his own home last week. His wife was in another room, she heard the gunshots and called for help. During the call, she discovered her husband's body.

  • Duluth vigil laments violence against Native American women

    Oct 5, 2015

    DULUTH, Minn. -- Calling violence against Native American women in the region unacceptable, about 70 people staged a vigil in Duluth on Friday. "Our (Native American) women experience domestic violence at higher rates than any other population of people," said Janis Greene, director of the Dabinoo'Igan domestic violence shelter for women and children. "They experience sexual assault at three times the rate of other populations, domestic violence at 2½ times the rate of other people, and violent deaths at 10 times the rate of other people. Of...

  • The ups and downs of growing up Half-Breed

    Oct 5, 2015

    As acknowledged many times in columns, I am of mixed heritage, Irish and Cheyenne, and in my younger years, raised off the reservation, learning quickly from white folks in Prairie County, Mont., it is not good to be “half-breed”. At a young age, my younger brother Tom and I were shipped to live with Grandmother Kinzel on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, source of our Indian roots. “Do you think the Indians will like us?” he asked. “Maybe better than the white people do,” I hoped.

  • Suicide among young American Indians nearly double national rate

    Oct 5, 2015

    When Joaquin Gallegos was 5-years-old, his uncle took his own life. For two decades, more than 30 of his family members and friends did the same, part of a trend sweeping Indian Country where suicide among people age 18 to 24 far outpaces the national rate, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Charges pending in alleged ballot box burning on Poundmaker Cree Nation

    Oct 5, 2015

    RCMP say charges are pending after a ballot box was tampered with earlier this week on the Poundmaker Cree Nation, near North Battleford, Sask. A video shows two people taking a ballot box and kicking it across a parking lot. It was then allegedly set on fire, according to the person who sent the video to CBC. A 34-year-old man was arrested shortly after the incident and has since been released. Charges are pending against that man.

  • Big Week for Sec. Jewell - Meets Pope, $25,000 for a Native Youth Leader and a Tribal Solarthon

    Oct 5, 2015

    This week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell managed to meet the Pope and discuss climate change, pay a visit to the Shinnecock Nation in New York on Thursday, October 1 to kick off their Tribal Solarthon and on Tuesday, September 29th, Jewell announced a partnership with The North Face aimed at inspiring the next generation of conservation stewards. As part of the partnership, North Face donated $25,000 to young conservation leaders, one of whom was Anthony Ciocco of the Mvskoke tribe, who is also a White House recognized Champion...

  • Homeless in Igloolik: Family of 5 lives in a tent

    Oct 5, 2015

    With nowhere else to go, a tent has become Neeve Nutarariaq's only option. Amid a row of houses, including a few vacant ones, Nutarariaq's family of five has set up home. "It's just terrible living out here in a tent with my three kids," the 21-year-old said.

  • Minneapolis school board meeting shut down over racist curriculum

    Oct 5, 2015

    Minneapolis, MN - On the night of Sept. 29, dozens of educators, students, parents and community members disrupted the Minneapolis Board of Education. Tensions between the community and the board have been rising over the recent adoption of a new $1.2 million district-wide racist reading curriculum for elementary age students, sold by the Utah-based company Reading Horizons. Anticipating protest, the board opened the meeting with an attempt to prevent public comment during the special “business only” meeting and limiting brief public com...

  • Tribal Government Employee's Son Killed in Oregon Community College Massacre

    Oct 5, 2015

    ROSEBURG, OREGON— Quinn Glen Cooper, 18, was attending his fourth day of college where he was studying theater when he became one of the nine victims to lose their lives at the hands of an evil shooter at the Umpqua Community College (UCC) massacre in Roseburg, Oregon. The shooter shot 17 people and eventually took his own life. She heard reports of the shooting and the tribal office and went to the county fairgrounds where students were being transported from UCC, which became a crime scene after the horrific massacre. Cooper waited with o...

  • Guilty pleas for shootings of Indian men in Wyoming border town

    Oct 5, 2015

    A non-Indian man pleaded guilty in connection with the shootings of two members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming. Roy Clyde, 32, pleaded guilty to murder for the death of Stallone Trosper, 29. He also pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the shooting of James “Sonny” Goggles, Jr., 50.

  • Non-Native Man Pleads Guilty of Killing of Arapaho Man and Attempted Murder of Another

    Oct 5, 2015

    LANDER, WYOMING—Roy Clyde, 32, pleaded guilty in Lander District Court on Thursday to shooting two homeless American Indian men on July 18, 2015 in Riverton, Wyoming, which resulted in murder to one of the men and attempted murder of the other. Both of the homeless men were tribal citizens of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. Clyde, a former Riverton City Parks and Recreation employee, walked into the Center of Hope Center, a detoxification center and shot the two men in cold-blood. Killed in the shooting was Stallone Trosper, who was 2...

  • County board says no to Indigenous Peoples' Day

    Oct 5, 2015

    Respectful, well-mannered, quiet but determined, 10 Ojibwe students from Cook County High School appeared before the Cook County Board of Commissioners on September 29 to make a case to have the county recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day. The county currently recognizes August 9 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day and doesn’t celebrate Columbus Day, said County Board Chair Heidi Doo-Kirk. As the Local Indian Education Committee (LIEC) student representative, Jaden Aubid read a statement on behal...