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County joins Leech Lake tribe in seeking larger return of state tax revenue

BACKUS—Cass County Commissioner Neal Gaalswyk and Leech Lake Tribal Chair Faron Jackson testified before a state legislative committee March 11 in an effort to increase from 10 percent to 20 percent the share of tribal sales taxes paid to counties. Gaalswyk reported to his fellow commissioners during the Tuesday,...

 

Department of Justice awards $719,962 to Leech Lake Band

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe were one of 10 tribes selected to receive $5.7 million in grants to support crime victims in Native American communities. According to a release, the Leech Lake Band was awarded $719,962 to hire victim services staff to specialize in...

 

Dakotas Tribes Seek More Crime-Fighting Help From Feds

BISMARCK, N.D. — American Indian reservations in the Dakotas need more resources and cooperation from the federal government to combat crime and improve safety, tribal leaders told members of Congress on Wednesday as they detailed a range of problems including drug trafficking, sex crimes, and missing and murdered...

 

Emma LaRoque: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Emma LaRoque was the daughter of a Minnesota tribal police chief who is accused of killing her two young sons before fatally shooting herself, authorities say. The 28-year-old woman, whose father, Michael LaRoque, leads the White Earth Nation police department, was...

 

Oh give me a home fashion show highlighting tribes lack of federal recognition

GREAT FALLS - It's the official start of Western Art Week, and while we tend to think of paintings during this time, one artist is showing us the fashion side with a unique spin on native culture. Thursday is the “Oh give me a home” fashion show at Paris Gibson Square. The designer is of the Chippewa Cree Little...

 
 By Shirelle Moore    News    March 21, 2019

Red Lake Officials Warn Public To Be Aware Of Opioids Laced With Fentanyl

The Red Lake Department of Public Safety is warning community members to be aware of opioids possibly tainted with fentanyl in the area. This comes after the department says they've encountered a number of overdoses in the past week. The Red Lake Police Department...

 

Fargo declares emergency, prepares for major flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fargo has declared an emergency and Mayor Tim Mahoney is asking residents to help fill 1 million sandbags as the city prepares for major Red River flooding. The National Weather Service says "significant" snowmelt flooding is likely this spring in the Red River Valley after last week's massive...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

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....

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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