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Prosperity grows out of small-town America

Sylvia Hilgeman grew up no-frills on a farm in Red Lake County in northwest Minnesota, where flat fields are broken by steel grain bins, stands of aspen and abandoned farmhouses. Her dad cultivated rented land and her mom raised cattle and milked cows at a neighboring farm to help pay the bills. They raised their children in a double-wide mobile home across a gravel driveway...

 

FBI investigating attorney Paul Hansmeier's disability-access lawsuits

Paul Hansmeier, the Minnesota lawyer indicted this month for allegedly operating a fraudulent multimillion-dollar porn-trolling scheme, is also under investigation by the FBI in relation to his practice of filing scores of disability-access lawsuits, according to documents filed Wednesday in federal court. An attorney representing Hansmeier’s former client Eric Wong, of...

 

Wisconsin couple froze to death after apparently misplacing keys

A Superior, Wis., couple found dead on the deck of their rural home last week died of hypothermia after getting locked outside, authorities said Wednesday. A utility worker stopping by to do a service check found the bodies of Richard Ellison, 82, and Shirley Johnson, 70, on their deck around 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 21, said Superior Police Cpt. Thomas Champaigne. A preliminary...

 

Video shows Brooklyn Center police officer threatening to shoot suspect in head

While aiming his handgun at a suspect on the pavement in a Brooklyn Center parking lot, a police officer screamed, “I’ll put two in the back of your head if you move again,” according to a brief video posted online Tuesday. That command has police looking into the incident, with Chief Tim Gannon saying that such “threatening language is never appropriate or...

 

How has sexual intercourse become so degraded?

I got 13 pages into the University of Minnesota’s report on football players’ sexual assault on a young woman last September before I had to stop for a time. Reading the account of football players piling onto a young woman in a teammate’s bedroom was like witnessing a deer brought down by one wolf and other pack members rushing in to tear off a piece of flesh. The young...

 

Richfield officer seen striking teen must be reinstated, arbitrator says

A Richfield police officer who was seen on video striking a Somali-American teenager in the fall of 2015 must be reinstated to the force, an independent arbitrator said Wednesday, and police officials in the first-ring suburb aren't happy about that. Officer Nate Kinsey had been fired by the city of Richfield. Instead, the arbitrator said, he will serve a three-day suspension...

 

In parting shot, Kerry tears into Israel over settlements

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel on Wednesday for settlement-building, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dragging Israel away from democracy and forcefully rejecting the notion that America had abandoned Israel with a controversial U.N. vote. Netanyahu accused the Obama administration of a biased bid to blame Israel for failure to reach...

 

Inside U.S. border agency, corruption and bribes

WASHINGTON – In 2012, Joohoon David Lee, a federal Homeland Security agent in Los Angeles, was assigned to investigate the case of a Korean businessman accused of sex trafficking. Instead of carrying out a thorough inquiry, Lee solicited and received about $13,000 in bribes and other gifts from the businessman and his relatives in return for making the “immigration issue...

 

Trump takes credit for 8,000 jobs, talks with Obama

PALM BEACH, Fla. — After weeks of giving only brief comments to the media, Donald Trump made a series of public statements Wednesday, applauding the return of 8,000 jobs to the U.S. and hailing his discussions with President Barack Obama. In one of his cameos on the front steps of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump touted plans by a Japanese mogul to bring...

 

New loan program helps consolidate multi-owner reservation land

CROW CREEK, S.D. — On South Dakota’s Crow Creek Indian Reservation, one 40-acre piece of land has more than 1,600 owners. Rick Clifford, realty officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Great Plains Region, says the Crow Creek parcel is one of the region’s most complicated ownership situations, but it’s far from unusual to have hundreds or even thousands of owners on a...

 

SWAT team called to Dakota Access Pipeline protests, 5 arrested for trespassing

Morton County, ND - A SWAT team was called out to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests for the first time in weeks. The Morton County Sheriff's Office says protesters gathered several times on the backwater bridge in the afternoon, five people were arrested for trespassing. About an hour later authorities say more protestors gathered and tampered with barricades before...

 

There Is a War Going On - Standing Rock Part 4

In 2004, Spencer Keeton Cunningham moved to San Francisco to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, and he called the city home for 12 years — even as he traveled the last two years on a painting tour that took him to New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, and across the United States. Cunningham always planned to come back to San Francisco, and he did — but a few...

 

Native Americans concerned about Trump administration

Native Americans are prepared for the worst, but hoping for the best, as President-elect Donald Trump transitions to the White House. Louis Archuleta, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and a member of the Bannock County Democrats, said he believes a Trump cabinet will not be good for Native Americans. For one, Archuleta said Trump’s plan to overhaul the Affordable Care...

 

It's over: Occupiers of Narragansett building claim victory

The week long occupation of a Narragansett tribal administrative building in Charlestown ended late Monday night when tribal council members and other activists agreed to pull out of the office following extensive mediation efforts. The occupiers, including council members who are at odds with Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas, surrendered keys to the building on Route...

 

Seneca leaders ban six people from territory

Leaders from the Seneca Nation have voted to ban six individuals from sovereign territory for suspected drug dealing. Members of the Seneca Nation Council took what they described as a “strong stance” against drug dealing on Seneca Nation land by approving “banishments” of all six individuals. A spokesman said Seneca Nation Marshals found four of the individuals in a...

 

Tribe official faces criminal charges in Flint water investigation

A tribal official from the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians has been charged for making false claims and circumventing funds in connection with Flint water investigations. Daugherty Johnson, 47, was the utilities director for the Department of Public Works in Flint in October 2013, according to court documents. The criminal charges could mean as much as 20 years of...

 

Indian tribal group among first Americans displaced by climate change

TAHOLAH, Washington State - The Quinault Indian Nation’s creation story says the first humans climbed out of a clamshell thousands of years ago. The Quinault have made their homes on the shores of the Pacific Ocean ever since. For hundreds of years, their territory extended up the river to Lake Quinault and along the Pacific coast to Joe Creek. As Europeans began settling in...

 

Making Amends: Fort Peck Business Cleans Up Junked Vehicles, Hazardous Waste

On the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, though, the bulk of the problem has been solved, thanks to an agreement between a company named High Plains Motors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Fort Peck Tribes. While it may be rare for violations regarding hazardous-waste disposal to result in positive outcomes, Fort Peck is turning out to be an exception. The...

 

USDA Expands Farm Loans for Native Americans

Agriculture Under Secretary Michael T. Scuse today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved and obligated the first loan under the Highly Fractionated Indian Land Loan program (HFIL). The program, made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides revolving loan funds to qualified intermediary lenders, allowing qualified tribes and individuals the...

 

Kenaitze Tribe launches joint-jurisdiction court

Kenaitze Indian Tribe in Kenai is partnering with the State of Alaska to develop the state’s first joint-jurisdiction therapeutic court. Proponents say it’s a step towards better support for community members — both Native and non-Native — who are struggling with substance abuse and the legal system. The state and tribe signed documents to form the court this fall, but...

 

Healthy food bank donations selected to help dialysis patients in remote First Nations

A unique program based in Thunder Bay, Ont., is using food bank donations to help people with kidney disease in four remote First Nations. Each month, a dietitian from the regional hospital sorts through the cans and cartons donated to the Regional Food Distribution Association with the goal of creating personalized packages for dialysis patients. The boxes are then shipped...

 

Here's What It Feels Like to Heal Your Addiction in a Sweat Lodge

Those interested in indigenous sweat lodge ceremonies now have a vivid cinematic depiction of them in Goodknife, a breathtaking documentary short on these spiritual rituals. Directed by Iqbal Ahmed, the filmmaker behind Bug Man, the film explores sweat lodges through the story of David Warren Goodknife, a man of mixed North and South American indigenous heritage, who broke his...

 

From honour roll to rehab: Behchoko woman takes back her life

Chelsea Migwi remembers first trying marijuana at age 11 and alcohol the following year. "I made a lot of bad decisions and a lot of mistakes growing up. I admit that," said the 24-year-old from Behchoko. "I don't want a kid like that to make the same decisions I did." http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/profile-from-honour-roll-to-rehab-1.3896859...

 

Police: Spokane man caused Oregon crash that killed 3

A Spokane man is accused of causing a crash that killed three people Monday on Highway 26 near the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon. Spokane resident Nathan Verhaeghe, 31, was driving his Chevy Malibu westbound on Highway 26 when he struck the back of a Toyota Matrix, pushing it into the eastbound lane where it hit an eastbound Chrysler van, according to the Oregon...

 

New marine species wash ashore following mysterious deaths of herring in Nova Scotia

PLYMPTON, N.S.—Massive numbers of dead starfish, clams, lobsters and mussels have washed up on a western Nova Scotia beach, compounding the mysterious deaths of tens of thousands of herring in the area. Ted Leighton, an adjunct biology professor at Nova Scotia’s University of Sainte-Anne, said social media photos showing bottom-dwellers strewn in the sand near Plympton,...

 

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