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  • Chicago dad charged after boy, 6, shoots and kills brother, 3, playing 'cops and robbers'

    Oct 20, 2015

    Michael Santiago needed a gun. He was a former gang member who had snitched on his old crew and now feared for his life. So Santiago purchased a pistol on the street and kept it in the kitchen just in case. Whether he needed to show his 6-year-old son the weapon, however, is something that will likely haunt Santiago for the rest of his life.

  • Waiting for Biden: Impatience, rampant speculation boil over into chaotic waiting game

    Oct 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON — He's running! He's about to decide! He'll announce within two days! He's maybe, possibly, surely, definitely going to figure it out really, really soon! No shortage of people made assertive declarations Monday about whether Joe Biden is going to run for president. The flood of purported revelations reverberated throughout the political world, but there was just one problem: None of it came from Biden's lips.

  • 17-year-old girl faces 6 charges in crash that killed father and daughter in Sherburne County

    Oct 20, 2015

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A 17-year-old girl has been charged as the driver in a crash that killed a father and his young daughter in Sherburne County. Court documents show the Little Falls teen was charged last week with two counts each of vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation, texting and driving, and driving without a valid license. Investigators searched the girl's cellphone and determined she sent and received multiple messages on Facebook leading up to the fatal crash.

  • Regular School Board Meeting - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Regular School Board Meeting - Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Ponemah School - 3 PM...

  • Agencies fight claims that law discriminates against Native American children

    Oct 20, 2015

    PHOENIX -- State and federal agencies are asking a judge to throw out legal claims by several Arizonans that a 37-year old federal law harms and illegally discriminates against Native American children. In court filings Friday, attorneys for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the state Department of Child Safety federal agency acknowledged the Indian Child Welfare Act does require state courts when placing Indian children for adoption to give preference to a member of the child's extended family. That is followed by priority by other members of...

  • Monterey statue of Junipero Serra decapitated

    Oct 20, 2015

    Police are searching for vandals that decapitated a statue of Junipero Serra at the Monterey Presidio earlier this week, becoming the second in a string of incidents targeting structures memorializing the recently canonized — and controversial — religious figure. On Thursday, one or more vandals cut the head off the granite sculpture overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which has been in the Presidio since 1891. The head is still missing despite an expansive sweep of the park, according to Monterey Weekly.

  • Yakama Nation to have full authority over civil, criminal proceedings on tribal land

    Oct 20, 2015

    YAKIMA, Wash. -- Federal officials have accepted a petition that will give Yakama Nation authorities exclusive jurisdiction for certain cases on tribal land, and will have the State of Washington withdraw from any authority. The United States Department of the Interior said in a news release Monday that ‘retrocession’ has been granted, and tribal police and courts will have full authority over civil and criminal cases involving members of the nation. The federal government will retain their authority over the Nation, and Yakama Nation aut...

  • Blackfeet plaintiffs sue over resources

    Oct 20, 2015

    Five members of the Blackfeet Tribe filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court recently, seeking compensation for what they allege is the federal government’s illegal use of tribally owned natural resources. In the complaint, the plaintiffs state they are also seeking affirmation of the tribe’s legal ownership of all natural resources, all water delivery infrastructure and all waterways originating on or passing through the reservation. It names the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of the Interior among the defendants in the case. htt...

  • Red dresses hang at Regina Beach to bring attention to missing, murdered indigenous women

    Oct 20, 2015

    Artist Carol Daniels hung up a red dress about a week ago after seeing a social media post by the Conservatives asking if people agreed with Muslim women wearing a niqab. "I thought, 'Oh my God, over these past several months, we have had hundreds of thousands of Canadians saying yes, we need an inquiry, we need answers to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and, that, you haven't even talked about,'" Daniels said. She said she started talking to her friends and neighbours about the issue of murdered and missing indigenous women...

  • Red Lake College Student Council Special Meeting

    Oct 20, 2015

    Red Lake College Student Council Special Meeting Thursday, Oct. 22 - Noon-1 PM - Student Union...

  • New York Gets $550 Million in Tobacco Deal

    Oct 20, 2015

    An agreement ending a decadelong dispute between New York and major tobacco companies will deliver $550 million to the state, New York City and other counties, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is expected to announce on Tuesday. New York state had been in arbitration over an earlier payment due in 2003 as a result of a landmark deal with the tobacco companies known as the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Intended to help states pay for smoking-related public-health costs, it required tobacco companies to pay billions of dollars to...

  • National Congress of American Indians in California for big meet

    Oct 20, 2015

    The National Congress of American Indians is holding its 72nd annual convention in California this week. Thousands of tribal leaders are expected at the event, which kicks off today at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego. They will hear from federal officials, members of Congress and their peers about a wide range of health, education and policy issues affecting Indian Country.

  • City of Saskatoon responds to Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    Oct 20, 2015

    A committee at city hall in Saskatoon today will receive a report that responds to a call to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). "Several of the TRC Calls to Action are immediately actionable by the city to improve upon our current relationships with our aboriginal residents," said Gilles Dorval, Director of Aboriginal Relations.

  • First Nations student deaths inquest hears stories of racism

    Oct 20, 2015

    The inquest into First Nations student deaths in Thunder Bay is shedding light on the grim realities facing some young people because of their race. In the second week of the inquest, which is learning about the experiences of seven First Nations students who died while attending school in Thunder Bay, several people came forward to share stories. Among those who provided testimony were two friends of Paul Panacheese, a 21-year-old who died in 2006.

  • BIA encourages tribes to assert more control over internal affairs

    Oct 20, 2015

    The Obama administration is encouraging tribes to take more control of their internal affairs by eliminating the role of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in overseeing certain elections. Some tribal constitutions require the BIA to handle all aspects of a Secretarial election, from determining who can vote to printing up ballots to tallying the results. The practice dates to the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 and the agency says it's time for change.

  • Paige's story: Tragic death of aboriginal teen prompts response from B.C. government

    Oct 20, 2015

    After five months, the B.C. government has released its response to the Representative for Children and Youth's damning report into the death of a girl in ministry care named Paige. Paige, 19, died of a drug overdose after a troubled life on Vancouver's the Downtown Eastside. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's report blamed the B.C. government's "brutal and cruel approach" for her death.

  • Family seeking $2.27 million in wrongful death case

    Oct 20, 2015

    A Vermillion jury was told that one of the city’s major employers was at fault in the death of a 49-year-old Native American man on Monday, and that the man’s family deserves $2.27 million in damages. The lawyer for that employer, Southeast South Dakota Activity Center or SESDAC, told jurors that the man’s death was tragic but not the fault of the caregivers who gave a man with developmental disabilities “the best part of his life.”

  • FBI, Fort Hall police investigating shooting on reservation

    Oct 20, 2015

    The Salt Lake City Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pocatello Resident Agency, and the Fort Hall Police Department responded to reports of a shooting at the Eagle Court Trailer Park on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation on October 18, 2015. FBI Special Agents and Officers with the Fort Hall Police Department continue to investigate the incident. We are able to confirm one individual was injured and transported to a local hospital. The shooter is still at large. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is requested to...

  • After public death at AFN convention, only hints of the story of man who jumped

    Oct 20, 2015

    Anchorage police on Sunday identified the man who jumped over a third-floor railing one day earlier and fell nearly 60 feet to his death as Anthony Choquette. Choquette's suicide played out in front of a crowd of adults and children at the end of the annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. His death has led to anguished grieving as well as questions about the man and his reasons for taking his life so publicly at a gathering where suicide prevention is often a major theme. h...