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UN asked to probe troubled reserve

OTTAWA — First Nations chiefs are ratcheting up the political conflict over Attawapiskat, asking the United Nations to step in to ensure Ottawa is doing its job for the troubled northern Ontario reserve....


Quebec Cree communities get some power back

Things are looking a bit brighter for the northern Quebec Cree communities of Wemindji and Chisasibi, which have been without power for more than 30 hours, as Hydro Quebec has come up with plans to restore power....


U.S. Senate Authorizes Military to Detain U.S. Citizens

On December 1, the United States Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA/S. 1867) which includes a provision that would approve the indefinite military detention of anyone, including U.S. citizens, “under the law of war without trial.” Read more:


Russian tanker to carry fuel to iced-in city of Nome

The iced-in city of Nome on Alaska's western coast may be in luck: A Russian tanker that can plow through thick ice will try to deliver 1.5 million gallons of home heating fuel, gasoline and diesel fuel after a massive storm kept a barge from getting in before winter. Read more:


Former Indian Affairs director taking Ute Tribe businesses in new direction

FORT DUCHESNE, Uintah County — The marquee for Ute Plaza advertises the grocery store's newest offering: organic produce. It's just one indicator of the changes being made by Forrest Cuch, the new CEO of Ute Tribal Enterprises....


Two tribal officers commissioned in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — Two officers with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Police Department have been sworn in as special commissioned officers of the Port Angeles Police Department....


Lengthy Criminal Records Matter to 10th Circuit

A Nambe Pueblo member who objected to the length of his sentence for assault failed to persuade a federal appeals court that his prison term was too long. Read more:


Mom seeks to represent slain teen's estate

The mother of a Pojoaque teenager fatally shot by unknown assailants last year is asking a judge to appoint her as personal representative for her son's estate....


ACLU seeks probe after haka dancers pepper-sprayed

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The state's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is calling for an independent investigation after police used pepper spray and batons on a group of spectators performing a traditional Maori war dance called the haka after a high school football game in a small Utah town....


1 in 5 babies born in Sioux Lookout exposed to drugs

Nearly 20 per cent of the babies born at Meno-Ya-Win health centre in Sioux Lookout have been exposed to opioids, like oxycontin....


Mom of baby with pneumonia fears care on reserve

The mother of a baby who has been recovering from double pneumonia in a Winnipeg hospital for a week says she worries about having to go back to the northern First Nation where they live....


Crownpoint howler makes 'Navajo Cops'

The director/producer of the NatGeo television show "Navajo Cops," along with his film crew and several Navajo police officers heard the eerie noise that has been plaguing Crownpoint residents since July and were able to record it, he confirmed Monday....


Manitoba man gets another 14 months for killing of popular aboriginal artist

WINNIPEG — A Manitoba man has been sentenced to 14 more months in jail for killing a popular aboriginal artist on his home First Nation community. Read more:


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