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Derailments bring safety worries to the fore

Sarah Zarling has become a close watcher of oil trains since February, when she realized her Watertown, Wis., house was in the blast zone if a train derailed and caught fire. So when an oil train passed through town Sunday afternoon she prepared to report it to a national network of activists pushing for stricter railway regulations that are keeping close tabs on where and...

 

Off-the-chart smog leaves northeastern China shrouded in haze

Xinhua, China’s state-backed newswire, on Monday called global attention to what may be the worst air pollution reading since China started monitoring the density of toxic particles in 2013. The thick toxic air shrouded the city of Shenyang for much of the weekend, turning day to smoggy night and severely limiting visibility. Data released by the Shenyang Environmental...

 

South Dakota tribe says it destroyed marijuana crop due to fear of federal raid

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota American Indian tribe that sought to open the nation's first marijuana resort says it burned its crop after federal officials signaled a potential raid. Flandreau Santee Sioux President Anthony Reider told The Associated Press the tribe had three weeks of discussions with authorities that culminated with a meeting in Washington that...

 

Democratic group launches campaign to make voter registration automatic

WASHINGTON – As Republicans across the country mount an aggressive effort to tighten voting laws, a group of former aides to President Obama and President Bill Clinton is pledging to counter by spending up to $10 million on a push to make voter registration automatic whenever someone gets a driver’s license. The change would supercharge the 1993 National Voter Registration...

 

Banishment as last resort to fight meth scourge in Indian Country

STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION — The basketball courts in Fort Yates, the central town in this reservation that straddles the border between North and South Dakota, are the first clue to just how bad the narcotics problem has become in the past five years. The courts are mostly abandoned. Weeds and grass have taken root in the cracked concrete. Trash litters the sidelines,...

 

A Native American Tribe Just Panicked and Burned All Its Weed

There are plenty of good (even great) ways to burn weed—the best being as you inhale the crop into your lungs. But then there are also some pretty bad ways to burn it. On Saturday, Flandreau Santee Sioux, an American Indian tribe in South Dakota, burned all of their marijuana, but not by smoking it. The tribe had hoped to open the nation's first "marijuana resort," which is...

 

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Members Plan Marijuana Support Rally at State Capitol

Tribal leaders say however, they will continue to consult with state and federal authorities in hopes to successfully participate in the marijuana industry. Tribal member Sarah Weston posted a video to Facebook Sunday evening stating that Melissa Mentele of New Approach South Dakota will be taking the South Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative petition to the State Capital in...

 

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe puts hold on marijuana resort

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota won't open a marijuana resort on December 31 as planned due to legal concerns at the state and federal level. The tribe said it was burning all of the marijuana it had been growing for the facility. Officials plan to consult with the state and federal government before moving forward, attorney Seth C. Pearman said in a...

 

Morongo to donate 13,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians will mark the 30th anniversary of its annual Thanksgiving Outreach program by distributing 13,000 free turkeys on Nov. 16 and 17 to 114 pre-selected nonprofit groups, churches and charities across Southern California. Volunteers will distribute the turkeys at the Morongo Community Center on the Morongo Indian Reservation in Cabazon to pre-sel...

 

James Floyd says his election as Creek Nation chief 'pleasantly surprising'

OKMULGEE — Color James Floyd pleasantly surprised. After all the ballots were tallied late Saturday night, unofficial results had Floyd receiving 3,090 votes, or 62.3 percent of the votes cast for principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, compared to 1,867 votes or 37.7 percent for the current chief, George Tiger. The election board released the final unofficial tally...

 

Navajo president vetoes bill to move forward with new planes

Flagstaff, Ariz. • Navajo President Russell Begaye vetoed legislation Monday to negotiate a $20 million loan package for new aircraft, saying the details of a possible purchase were scarce. Begaye said concerns his office raised months ago, including justification for the loan and the funding source to repay it, never were addressed. "This administration is not going to...

 

New push to deal with alcohol in Whiteclay

Walking down the street in Whiteclay, Nebraska on a weekday afternoon, chances are you will see a dozen people hanging out – standing around, seated, or sprawled out on the sidewalk — beer cans nearby. And it’s not just regular beer. Among favorites here are big cans of malt liquor, with higher alcohol content. But that could be changing. The Nebraska Liquor Control...

 

Aboriginal grandmothers play increasing role in raising Sask. children

Aboriginal grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren need more support as their numbers increase in Saskatchewan, says Jen Billan, a masters student at the U of R who is researching this area. The province has three times as many grandparents raising their grandchildren as the Canadian average. That number has jumped 20 per cent since 1991. "Grandmothers maintain an...

 

Flanagan sworn in as newest Minnesota lawmaker

Peggy Flanagan joined the Minnesota House of Representatives Monday in a swearing in ceremony overlooking the state Capitol. Flanagan, who ran unopposed to succeed former Rep. Ryan Winkler in District 46A, took her oath of office before several dozen observers including Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and House Speaker Kurt Daudt. In her speech, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party lawmaker...

 

Federal dollars to help tribes combat meth use, suicide

KTUU-TV reports the federal Indian Health Service awarded Alaska Native Tribal Health Corp. $200,000 out of the $1.6 million that was set aside in September for suicide and meth use prevention efforts. The corporation hosted one of two recent conferences in Anchorage that sought to educate officials about warning signs of meth use as well as spotting labs where the drug is...

 

Tribal school looks overseas in search to fill positions

ST. FRANCIS | Danna Endozo wanted to be closer to her brother when she applied for a teaching job in the United States. But instead of landing in New York, Endozo was placed in this tiny town in the middle of the Rosebud Reservation. She enjoys the assignment despite the distance from her brother. "I can see that they really need teachers," Endozo said. http...

 

Sentencing delayed for Nisqually vice chairman Willie Frank

Sentencing in two theft cases has been delayed a few days for William “Willie” Thomas C. Frank III, vice chairman of the Nisqually Tribal Council and son of the late Nisqually tribal leader Billy Frank Jr. Frank appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court for a sentencing on two separate cases pending from 2014. The courtroom was crowded with dozens of supporters for...

 

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