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 News    March 20, 2019 

Cities across Minnesota prep for worst as spring, snowmelt add to flood threat

Schyler Martin stood on a frozen Mississippi River a couple of weeks ago, angling for some fish. But on Tuesday, he was leading the Prairie Island Indian Community in its fight to hold back the water. “We don’t know what to expect,” Martin, the community’s emergency management coordinator, told about 100...

 
 News    March 20, 2019 

Cyclone's huge floods leave hundreds dead in southern Africa

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe — Aid workers rushed to rescue victims clinging to trees and crammed on rooftops Tuesday after a cyclone unleashed devastating floods in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. More than 350 people were confirmed dead, hundreds were missing and thousands more were at risk. In Mozambique, the rapidly...

 
 News    March 20, 2019 

Britain could run short on water by 2050, official warns

LONDON – To the casual observer, Britain - an island nation that's no stranger to rain - could not get much wetter. But, as it turns out, that's a fallacy. And if preventive steps are not taken, in less than three decades, Britain might run out of water, the chief...

 
 News    March 20, 2019 

Floodwaters threaten millions in crop and livestock losses

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmer Jeff Jorgenson looks out over 750 acres of cropland submerged beneath the swollen Missouri River, and he knows he probably won't plant this year. But that's not his biggest worry. He and other farmers have worked until midnight for days to move grain, equipment and fuel barrels away from...

 
 News    March 20, 2019 

BP: Bemidji City Council passes Tobacco 21 ordinance

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji City Council is now the 24th local government unit in Minnesota to raise the tobacco buying age from 18 to 21. In a 5-1 vote Monday night, the council approved an ordinance change in the works since January. With the passage, officials said the change will be effective late next month....

 
 News    March 20, 2019 

Enbridge Energy's record-breaking lobbying spend confirms widespread opposition in MN for Line 3

Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy set a record in 2018 by spending more on lobbying in Minnesota than any other organization has since the state started keeping records in 2007. A new state report says Enbridge spent $11.1 million in 2018 to promote its massive Line 3 tar sands pipeline project in Northern Minnesota....

 
 News    March 20, 2019 

Governor Walz, Rural Finance Authority Clear Way for Disaster Loans

St. Paul, MN: The Rural Finance Authority Board today issued a Disaster Declaration for the State of Minnesota which now makes low interest loans available for Minnesota farmers whose operations suffered barn collapses or other damage due to the record winter snowfall. Governor Walz signed a bill yesterday allowing the...

 
 News    March 20, 2019 

Stateline: Indian Child Welfare Act likely headed to Supreme Court

A case before a federal appeals court could upend an historic adoption law meant to combat centuries of brutal discrimination against American Indians and keep their children with families and tribal communities. For the first time, a few states have sued to overturn the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, which...

 
 News    March 20, 2019 

For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an 'imaginary line'

(THE CONVERSATION) Immigration restrictions were making life difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the U.S.-Mexico border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to build his border wall. The traditional homelands of 36 federally recognized tribes – including the...

 
 News    March 20, 2019 

Flood preparations begin on Prairie Island

Flood preparations were underway this week on Prairie Island where officials are closely monitoring rising river levels. Dozens of volunteers were filling and stacking sandbags Tuesday, March 19, with more sandbagging events planned for Wednesday and Thursday. Prairie Island Police Chief Jon Priem said work also began...

 
 By Paul Walsh    News    March 20, 2019 

Woman, 2 children victims of homicide on White Earth reservation

A woman and her two children have been killed on the White Earth Indian reservation, authorities said. No one had been arrested as of Monday evening. Eugene “Umsy” Tibbetts, acting tribal chairman, told the Forum News Service that the victims were a daughter and two grandchildren of Michael LaRoque, the tribe’s...

 
 News    March 20, 2019 

Tommy Orange wins PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Tommy Orange keeps winning awards. PEN America announced Tuesday that the author of "There There," the most honored literary debut of 2018, has received the PEN/Hemingway award for "distinguished" new novel. Orange's previous awards included a prize from the National Book Critics Circle for...

 
 News    March 20, 2019 

Identifying, tracking and preventing human trafficking in Indian country

PHOENIX - Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya spoke to an attentive audience at Native Health of Phoenix in January about the time a "recruiter" attempted to lure her into being trafficked into prostitution. "I was at a rap concert," says Imus-Nahsonhoya, Hopi. "I was pacing back...

 
 News    March 20, 2019 

Minnesota agency reports increase in 'cluster of deaths' from alcohol, overdoses and suicides

The death toll from suicide, opioids and alcohol continues to rise in Minnesota, a state agency reported Monday, March 18. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 422 lost lives in Minnesota from opioids in 2017, 636 from alcohol and 783 by suicide. All three...

 

DHS inspector general placed on leave after state audit finds fraud in Minnesota's child care program

The inspector general in charge of investigating fraud in Minnesota’s health and welfare programs has been placed on leave, less than a week after the legislative auditor found high levels of fraud in the state’s child-care assistance program and “significant distrust” within the agency that administers it....

 

Fargo declares emergency as floods swamp four Midwestern states to the south

With epic floods swamping much of the Great Plains and warmer weather likely to start melting the snowpack across Minnesota and North Dakota, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney decided Monday not to take any chances. Mahoney declared a state of emergency for his city in anticipation of spring flooding and is seeking 200...

 

In class-action settlement, Minnesota prisoners win access to pricey hepatitis C drugs

Minnesota prisoners with chronic hepatitis C infections must be provided with highly effective but costly antiviral drugs following a class-action lawsuit settlement. A group of five inmates infected with the virus sued the Department of Corrections in 2015, accusing...

 

Minnesota suicides and other 'preventable deaths' reach record levels

Suicide and opioid overdose deaths both rose in Minnesota in 2017, extending a trend that began in 2000 and reaching record levels, according to data released Monday by state health officials who called it "a worrisome long-term trend." Deaths by suicide rose 5...

 

BP: Three deaths on White Earth reservation; BCA called in

OGEMA, Minn. - Authorities are investigating the deaths of three people found in a home on the White Earth Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota. Law enforcement first responded to a report of a "possible incident" at a home on Highway 34 in rural Ogema Monday...

 

LOCAL RULE AMENDMENTS EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2019

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota has approved amendments to Local Rule 5.6 and the Joint Motion Regarding Continued Sealing Form. A summary of the amendments is provided below. To view the amendments in full, visit the Court’s website at www.mnd.uscourts.gov, or contact the Office of...

 

Health officials urging well users to protect private wells from potential flood contamination

With the risk of flooding increasing in many parts of the state, Minnesota health officials urge private well users to prepare for the possibility that their wells might flood. Taking preventive action now may save well users more trouble down the road. Wells contaminated with floodwater pose a health risk, but the...

 

A surprising number of school districts have switched to a four-day week

Hundreds of school districts across the country are cutting classes. Louisiana’s Avoyelles Parish recently announced that it’s moving to a four-day school week next year, joining the approximately 560 school districts in 25 states that have already embraced three-day weekends year-round. https:/...

 

Watermark announces Call for Art for water-themed exhibit

BEMIDJI, MN – Watermark Art Center is seeking artists of all medias to submit work for an upcoming group exhibition. “Nibikaang – From the Water” will celebrate the importance of water in our everyday life. The premise of the exhibit is to have artists living within the Mississippi Watershed, Great Lakes or Red...

 

American Indian College Fund Names Robert Bible, President of College of Muscogee Nation, Tribal College and University Honoree of the Year

March 18, 2019 Denver, Colo.- The American Indian College Fund named Robert Bible, President of the College of Muscogee Nation in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, its Tribal College and University Honoree of the Year. Bible was selected for his outstanding contributions to American...

 

The American Indian College Fund Names 35 Native American First-Generation Scholars to Receive the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship

March 18, 2019, Denver, Colo.— The American Indian College Fund and the Coca Cola Foundation honored 36 American Indian scholarship recipients at its 2018-19 Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship banquet in Billings, Montana. The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded nearly $5 million to the College Fund since 1990,...

 

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