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  • IRS phone scam reappears in area: Officials stress phone vigilance as IRS imposters make comeback

    Oct 15, 2015

    BEMIDJI -- A phone scam in which criminals claim to be agents with the IRS is once again rearing its head and officials are reminding citizens the best thing to do is hang up. Barb Grieman, senior vice president of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota, said the scam, which comes up periodically, involves scammers calling victims using technology to make it appear as if the call is coming from the IRS. The scammer will then try to coerce the victim into making payments that are hard to trace. http://www.be...

  • State suggests when body cam video can be private

    Oct 15, 2015

    ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota official last month ruled that he has no authority to allow police body camera videos to be private, but this month his department released guidance showing some of it can, indeed, be kept from the public. A division of the state Administration Department gave examples of video that can, or must, be private, including scenes that would reveal identities of sex crime victims, domestic abuse victims, undercover police and informants. Some witnesses also cannot be identified, the Information Policy Analysis Division...

  • Officials: Obama to keep 5,500 US troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office

    Oct 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017, according to senior administration officials, casting aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensuring he hands the conflict off to his successor. Obama had originally planned to pull out all but a small, embassy-based U.S. military presence by the end of next year, a timeline coinciding with the final weeks of his presidency. But military leaders argued for months that the Afghans needed additional assistance and...

  • Mystic Lake will add another hotel, convention center

    Oct 15, 2015

    Mystic Lake will add a second hotel and convention center to its entertainment complex near Prior Lake, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and Mystic Lake Casino Hotel announced Wednesday. Both elements of the development will be positioned on the northwest end of the existing structures, offering views of the golf course, the Meadows at Mystic Lake. They will not include gaming. The new, nine-story hotel will have 180 rooms, while the new 70,000-square-foot convention center will have two ballrooms and several breakout meeting rooms,...

  • With 2 more homicides, violent crime edges up in Minneapolis

    Oct 15, 2015

    The fatal shootings of a young man in north Minneapolis Wednesday night and a woman at a south Minneapolis bus stop late Tuesday were the latest episodes in a year in which violent crime in the city has reached levels not seen in nearly a decade. The two slayings were the city’s 36th and 37th homicides of the year. With the latest fatalities, Minneapolis is on pace to log its largest number of homicides since 2007, when 47 people were killed in the city. http://www.startribune.com/violent-crime-edges-up-in-minneapolis/3329...

  • Minnesota AG says charity has misled vehicle donors in state, elsewhere

    Oct 15, 2015

    The “Wheels for Wishes” advertisements seemed clear about who would get the money raised from donated vehicles, stating “Donate Your Car. Benefiting Make-A-Wish Minnesota.’’ But the wishes of kids with cancer weren’t driving the arrangement, says Minnesota’s attorney general. Instead, Make-A-Wish charities here and nationally received about 20 percent of the revenue from donated cars, said Lori Swanson at a news conference Wednesday. The bulk was kept by the nonprofit overseeing the donations, the Minnesota-based Car Donation...

  • States debate upping the legal smoking age to 21

    Oct 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON – While a growing number of states have turned their attention to marijuana legalization, another proposal has been quietly catching fire — raising the legal age to buy cigarettes. This summer, Hawaii became the first state to approve increasing the smoking age from 18 to 21 starting Jan 1. A similar measure passed the California Senate, but stalled in the Assembly. And nearly a dozen other states have considered bills this year to boost the legal age for buying tobacco products. “It really is about good public health,” said...

  • Pay raise lawsuit defendants responsible for own representation

    Oct 15, 2015

    Those named in a lawsuit involving pay raises for Tribal Council that occurred last fall are responsible for their own legal representation according to a resolution passed in Annual Council on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in Tribal Court by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for Justice & Accountability (EBCIJA), disputes the pay raises. The resolution, submitted on Wednesday by Big Cove Rep. Teresa McCoy, states in part, “Tribal Council was served with a demand letter several months ago, and only with...

  • Inmate files lawsuits in search of Eastern Cherokee citizenship

    Oct 15, 2015

    An inmate is asking a federal judge to order the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to process his application for membership. Robert Sioleski, 58, claims his grandmother was Cherokee. He wants to be issued a membership card in order to participate in ceremonies at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York. "The facility stated I can't attend Native services, festivals or do crafts not until I have tribal reckonation and affiliation!" Sioleski wrote in one complaint, which was quickly dismissed because he made similar claims in an earlier...

  • Native American Tribes May Become Cannabis Banks

    Oct 15, 2015

    The blossoming marijuana industry in the United States has seen exponential growth over the past two years a many states began to legalize recreational use of the drug. However, conflicting state and federal laws mean that legal marijuana dispensaries often struggle to find a bank that will accept their business. As banks are bound by federal laws and could face penalties for dealing with drugs, many are unwilling to engage with cannabis companies. The result has been an excess of cash for marijuana firms, something that they say is increasing...

  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation adopts Independent Press Act

    Oct 15, 2015

    OKMULGEE, Okla. – Another Oklahoma tribe is giving its media professionals more room to operate without interference or prior restraint. Adopted earlier this month by its legislature by a 14-0 margin, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s Independent Press Act moves the tribe’s media department, Mvskoke Media, out of the executive branch and places it on par with the tax commission and other independent statutory agencies. Under the law, despite providing the bulk of its through appropriations, the Muscogee (Creek) government will be explicitly...

  • Deformed by their mother's alcoholism: The Indian territory where hundreds of children are suffering fetal alcohol syndrome because their pregnant moms won't stop drinking

    Oct 15, 2015

    In a Nebraska town, with a population of just 14 people, four stores sold more than four million beer cans in a space of a year. The most frequent customers in Whiteclay are from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, across the border in South Dakota, where alcoholism is rampant, despite strict rules banning booze. Even when women get pregnant, they carry on drinking, and it leads to their children being born with deformities and blood alcohol levels. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3273346/Deformed-mother-s-alco...

  • Word definitions factor into debate between Prior Lake, Shakopee tribe

    Oct 15, 2015

    For almost a year, the city of Prior Lake and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community have been at odds over a 95-acre piece of land. The tribe wants to put the parcel into trust, a federal designation that would ensure permanent, tax-free ownership. But the city wants to build a road there — and some local leaders are worried that standing by while more land is put into trust will set an unwieldy precedent. http://www.startribune.com/word-definitions-factor-into-debate-between-prior-lake-and-the-shakopee-tribe/331482941/...

  • Why Native Americans are concerned about potential exploitation of their DNA

    Oct 15, 2015

    Until the advent of genetic genealogy, knowing your ancestry meant combing through old records, decoding the meaning of family heirlooms and listening to your parents and grandparents tell you about the ‘good old days’. For anthropologists and archaeologists interested in going back even further in time, the only reliable means of understanding human history were trying to interpret ruins or remnants of skeletons or other information uncovered at the site of remains. DNA testing has changed all that, allowing us to delve far deeper into...

  • Day Care Worker Assaulted for Not Handing Over Children to Drunken Father

    Oct 15, 2015

    A Montana day care worker was severely beaten and injured when she tried to protect three young children form a drunken father. A day care worker in Ronan, Montana was violently attacked when she refused to hand over three of her charges to the father of the children because he had no legal custody and because he was drunk. Martha McClure has been hospitalized for her injuries and remains afflicted with double vision due to the attack. http://thenewsreports.com/day-care-worker-assaulted-for-not-handing-over-children-to-drunk...

  • Indian Act blocks Saskatoon landlord from collecting thousands in rent

    Oct 15, 2015

    Erin Perehudoff says a bad renter owes her money after leaving a trail of destruction and garbage at her Saskatoon home. But despite a ruling from the Office of Residential Tenancies ordering Michelle Arcand to pay $3,156.20 to her former landlord, Arcand's employer refuses to garnishee her wages. Arcand and her dog moved into the brand-new home on Evergreen Boulevard in November 2014, agreeing to pay Perehudoff $1,850 a month in rent, as well as an $1800 damage deposit. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/indian-act-blo...

  • Judge allows Chippewa tribes in Wisconsin to hunt deer at night

    Oct 15, 2015

    Chippewa tribes in Wisconsin will be allowed to hunt deer at night with firearms after they persuaded a federal judge to reverse her 1991 ruling that found the practice was unsafe. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled on Tuesday in favor of the Chippewa tribes, which vowed to take precautions such as providing safety courses and shooting tests and using lights and backstops during hunts. "Member tribes welcome the night hunt as an additional opportunity for members to put meat on the table," the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife...

  • Attack on Lillooet Bridge River Band leaves community 'in shock'

    Oct 15, 2015

    A small community in B.C.'s Interior is reeling after a young man allegedly attacked almost a dozen people in a band office, leaving the suspect dead and 11 people injured. "Everyone's still in shock," said Xwisten (Bridge River Band) Chief Susan James. "We're a large family here. These people have worked together for years." James said she felt "overwhelmed" with support from fellow band members and from across the province. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/attack-band-lillooet-1.3271168?cmp=abfb...

  • One dead, 10 hurt, in attack at B.C. First Nation office

    Oct 15, 2015

    A man suspected in a violent assault at a First Nation band office in the British Columbia Interior is dead and 10 others are hurt after an attack that reportedly involved a hammer. RCMP said they were called just before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a man with a weapon at the Bridge River Band Office near Lillooet, located about a four-hour drive north of Vancouver. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/four-injured-when-man-armed-with-a-hammer-attacks-staff-at-bc-first-nation/article26812337/...

  • Native American Teenagers Promote Sports to Tackle Substance Abuse

    Oct 15, 2015

    Tj Keeya Talamoni-Marcks walks off the field with sweat dripping from his forehead, as more than 20 other Clear Lake High School students finish their grueling football practice in temperatures that reached over 90 degrees. Clear Lake’s Cardinals are getting ready to play against Colusa High in a few days, and Talamoni-Marcks, a tackle and guard, holds his helmet with one hand and makes a beeline for the water fountain while limping. He recently recovered from a toe injury, and complains about pain in his foot. Still, he shrugs it off,...

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