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Fond du Lac Band

article Fond du Lac will charge nonmembers to access some land
(1/27/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa on Monday announced a new plan to charge non-band members a fee to access tribal forest lands for...
article ‘Food for Thought’ Program Raises Money for Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
(1/16/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Tables-full of delicious food help raise scholarship money for Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. More than three-hundred-fifty people attended the...
article Fond du Lac Band Members give feedback on design plans for Mission Creek
(1/8/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Redesigning an historic, Native American burial ground is a challenge. It's one a landscape architect firm is taking on, on the Fond du Lac...
article Public invited to assess vision for Mission Creek cemetery
(12/28/2019)
(Minnesota) -- A cemetery concept presentation will be open to the public Jan. 8 as the process to restore a historic cemetery in the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

MMIW

article Melissa Eagleshield went missing 5 years ago. Thousands more Indigenous people have vanished since
(1/26/2020)
(Minnesota) -- It’s been five years since Linda Anderson last saw her daughter. And she hasn’t stopped looking since. Her daughter Melissa Eagleshield, then...
article Red Dress and Skirt Making in Honor of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women
(1/19/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Indigenous women gathered this weekend to make red skirts, dresses, and shawls in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women. In 2016 alone there were...
article Duluth area leaders ready to fight crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women
(1/6/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Jessica Smith’s story is woven into the fabric of centuries of trauma faced by Indigenous women. She stood before a theater of people Monday and...
article Duluth Raising Awareness on Human Trafficking Impacting Indigenous Families
(1/6/2020)
(Minnesota) -- January marks Human Trafficking Awareness Month. A community gathering in Duluth honored victims and survivors Monday afternoon at the Robert Powless...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Shakopee Mdewakanton

article Former Shakopee tribal chairman is ready to take flight
(1/24/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Charles Vig is ready to fly off into the sunset — almost literally — after decades of service, and the last eight years as tribal chairman, to...
article Former Shakopee tribal chairman is ready to take flight
(1/24/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Charles Vig is ready to fly off into the sunset — almost literally — after decades of service, and the last eight years as tribal chairman, to...
article As SMSC's Charlie Vig retires, communities praise the bridges he built
(1/23/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Charlie Vig never really gave up building. The retiring chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community traded in construction sites for boardrooms...
article Shakopee tribe elects Anderson as chairman to replace Vig
(1/22/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Keith B. Anderson was elected chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) on Tuesday, replacing Charles Vig who is retiring after eight...
article Tribal Chairman Charles Vig of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to retire
(1/7/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Charles Vig, tribal chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) since 2012, has announced his retirement. His last day will be Jan. 31,...
article SMSC Chairman Charlie Vig to retire
(1/2/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Chairman Charlie Vig announced his retirement last month at a Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency meeting,...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Red Lake Tribe

article Minnesota Supreme Court reaffirms Red Lake sovereignty in DWI case
(1/21/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court reaffirmed the sovereignty of Red Lake Nation in a recent decision about a DWI arrest from 2017. The decision issued Jan. 15...
article 2 plead guilty to robbery of Red Lake restaurant
(1/7/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday to a robbery that occurred at a Red Lake restaurant, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. The...
article Alleged bear poacher has long criminal history
(12/14/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The 40-year old Brainerd man charged in federal court recently with killing a 700-pound black bear near a garbage dump on the Red Lake Reservation, where...
article Konami to power three Seven Clans Casinos' systems in Northern Minnesota
(12/12/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Konami Gaming announced Thursday that its award-winning Synkros casino management system has been selected by Red Lake Gaming Enterprises, operator of...
article Red Lake Gaming Selects Konami’s SYNKROS to Deliver Enterprise-wide Casino Systems Technology Across Seven Clans Casinos
(12/12/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Konami Gaming, Inc. announced that its award-winning SYNKROS® casino management system has been selected by Red Lake Gaming Enterprises, Inc.,...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Minnesota Gaming

article Rate of gambling addiction still unclear in Minnesota
(1/16/2020)
(Minnesota) -- It started with parlay cards. It morphed into betting with a bookmaker. Years later, Don Weinberger's compulsion to gamble had him skipping work to...
article Minnesota casino deploys 21-foot outdoor display
(1/9/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Cedar Lakes Casino & Hotel in Cass Lake, Minnesota partnered with LSE Architects of Minneapolis and SignArt Company to deploy a Watchfire Signs...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Comments sought on proposed Lower Sioux Agency land conversion
(1/15/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting public comments through Feb. 10 on an environmental assessment involving 125 acres of...
article Native American Activists Gathered Again At The Wall Of The Forgotten
(12/15/2019)
(Minnesota) -- For the second night in a row, Native American activists gathered at the Wall of the Forgotten Natives. The activists reoccupied the area near Hiawatha...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mille Lacs Band

article Mille Lacs Band chief executive calls for members to be ‘good ancestors’
(1/14/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In her State of the Band address, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin pointed to positive gains and heartbreaking lows, but...
1 Article on this Issue

White Earth

article Candidate filing opens Tuesday for White Earth tribal chair and District 3 seat
(1/14/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Election season is here for White Earth: Candidate filing opens Tuesday for tribal chairperson and District 3 committeeperson on the Tribal Council. Both...
article EDITORIAL: A boost for nutrition and White Earth Nation
(1/6/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Hello Fresh, Blue Apron and other “meal kit” services have helped time-stressed families choose home-cooked meals over fast food and pizza...
article White Earth Nation invests $1 million to help the homeless
(12/29/2019)
(Minnesota) -- White Earth Nation leaders approved a resolution last week providing $1 million toward an effort to combat and prevent homelessness among tribal members....
article Nanaboozhoo and the first Newebiboon Migwewin
(12/28/2019)
(Minnesota) -- A long time ago, when Earth was still young, there was a winter so long that it began just after summer and didn’t end until just before the next...
article White Earth Nation takes a unique approach in search for answers to opioid deaths
(12/19/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Clinton Alexander has a large poster on the wall of his office in the White Earth Nation’s public health center. It's designed to be used for...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Minnesota court rejects three PolyMet permits, sends them back to DNR for hearing
(1/13/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Plans to build Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine suffered a major setback Monday when the state Court of Appeals reversed three permits issued to...
1 Article on this Issue

Dakota 38+2

article MORE TO THE STORY: The Dakota attack that never came
(1/12/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The early years of McLeod County must have been something to see. Not only was the landscape a wild and fruitful one, but for those coming to the region...
article This week is the somber anniversary of the largest mass execution in the US
(12/28/2019)
(Minnesota) -- On this week more than 150 years ago, dozens of Native American men were killed by the government in the largest mass execution in US history. In the...
article Remembering the largest mass execution in US history
(12/27/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The day after Christmas is the anniversary of the largest mass execution in the United States: 38 Dakota warriors were hanged by order of President...
article Remembering the largest mass execution in US history
(12/27/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The day after Christmas is the anniversary of the largest mass execution in the United States: 38 Dakota warriors were hanged by order of President...
article Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride makes its way to Mankato
(12/26/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride reached the end of its journey Thursday, attracting hundreds to Reconciliation Park in downtown Mankato. For 330 miles, from...
article Dakota riders, runners, walkers honor ancestors at Reconciliation Park
(12/26/2019)
(Minnesota) -- For Jim Hallum, the long horse ride from the Santee reservation in Nebraska to the Lower Brule reservation in central South Dakota and then to Mankato is...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Savanna’s Act

article Stauber praises Savanna's Act to combat human trafficking
(1/10/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In conjunction with January being Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Congressman Pete Stauber, R-Duluth, spoke on the House floor Friday, Jan. 10, to...
1 Article on this Issue

Public Law 280

article County attorney and sheriff file lawsuit against State of Minn.
(1/8/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Mille Lacs County Attorney Joe Walsh and Mille Lacs County Sheriff Don Lorge have filed a lawsuit against the State of Minnesota for its refusal to honor...
1 Article on this Issue

National Indian Gaming Commission

article The Continuation of a Calling
(1/6/2020)
(Minnesota) -- One of Tadd Johnson's favorite Ken Kesey quotes is serving as the edict of his career's third act: "Always stay in your own movie." So...
1 Article on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Grant furthers AICHO's indigenous foods emphasis
(12/31/2019)
(Minnesota) -- A local Native American organization that’s already preparing the ground for an indigenous foods market has announced it now will also hire a full-...
1 Article on this Issue

Opioid Crisis

article Sen. Tina Smith introduces bill to help tribes address the opioid crisis
(12/29/2019)
(Minnesota) -- U.S. Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota introduced a bill – along with a number of other members of the U.S. Senate – to help tribal communities...
article Several White Earth deaths being investigated as possible overdoses
(12/20/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Several recent deaths on the White Earth Reservation are being looked into as possible drug overdoses, but there have been no official findings yet as to...
article ‘How can we prevent the heart from breaking?’ White Earth reviews opioid overdose deaths
(12/18/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Clinton Alexander has a large poster on the wall of his office in the White Earth Nation’s public health center. It's designed to be used for...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Bears

article Brainerd Man Pleads Not Guilty To Illegally Killing Bear On Reservation
(12/19/2019)
(Minnesota) -- A Brainerd man says he is not guilty of illegally killing a 700-pound black bear while trespassing on a reservation. Brett Stimac entered the plea...
article Man charged with killing 700-pound black bear on Red Lake Reservation pleads not guilty
(12/19/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The Brainerd man charged with trespassing on American Indian land and wildlife trafficking after shooting and killing a 700-pound American black bear on...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Census

article Native American leaders work to overcome community mistrust of census
(12/16/2019)
(Minnesota) -- When community organizer Elizabeth Day asked a group of Native Americans in the Twin Cities what they wanted to know about the 2020 census, she got a...
1 Article on this Issue

Prairie Island

article Environmental, nuclear worries force Prairie Island tribe to seek new lands
(12/13/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Schyler Martin’s job calls for him to worry each day about things that could cripple or destroy the Prairie Island Indian Community, but that he can...
1 Article on this Issue

Health Care

article New Commissioner Of Scandal-Plagued DHS Presents First Report To Senate Committee
(12/10/2019)
(Minnesota) -- A leading Republican says she believes there is a culture of retaliation and fear at the scandal-plagued Minnesota Department of Human Services. Senator...
1 Article on this Issue

Blood Quantum

article How one Minnesota tribe is trying to prevent its own 'mathematical genocide'
(12/9/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The Red Lake Band of Chippewa in Minnesota is aiming to increase its enrollment, even as some members want to stick to the status quo. This fall, the Red...
1 Article on this Issue

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

article How turn-of-the-century lumber speculation destroyed the Bois Forte Ojibwe homeland
(12/9/2019)
(Minnesota) -- From 1890 to 1910, timber speculators and lumbermen patented most of the valuable pine lands in north-central Minnesota — the homeland of the Bois...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article TSA Agent Accused Of Using Native American Woman’s Braids As ‘Reins’ And Says ‘Giddyup!’
(1/27/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A Native American says she’s “angry, humiliated” after a TSA agent grabbed her ponytails and told her to “Giddyup!” She is...
article Meth still dominates in south-central Minnesota
(1/27/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Methamphetamine remained the dominant drug in 2019, judging according to seizures by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force. The law enforcement...
article Vivian Delgado Column: How Martin Luther King Jr. has impacted our lives today
(1/25/2020)
(Minnesota) -- For the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Bemidji State University, I was given the honor to speak about how MLK has personalized my experience and...
article Spotlight Continues Shining On Female Native American Artists
(1/19/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A strong argument could be made that “Hearts of Our People,” the first major museum exhibition exploring the achievements of female Native...
article LLBO members receive Minnesota Indian Education awards
(1/18/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Indian Education Association recently held their 35th Annual Conference at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. The three-day event featured...
article The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat down
(1/18/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Native American woman Tara Houska says a TSA agent grabbed her braids, whipped them like reins and said "giddyup" while she was going through...
article Minnesota sending black, Native American prisoners to solitary confinement at higher rates than whites
(1/17/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In Minnesota prisons last year, black and Native American people went to solitary confinement at disproportionately higher rates than whites. And despite...
article TSA apologizes to Native American traveler after an agent grabbed her braids and said ‘giddyup’
(1/16/2020)
(Minnesota) -- If you didn’t know hair pat-downs were a thing with TSA screenings, you should now. Native American activist Tara Houska underwent a hair search at...
article TSA apologizes after employee grabbed Native America woman's braids and said "giddy up"
(1/16/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Transportation Security Administration is apologizing to a Native American woman after she was reportedly humiliated by an agent during a security...
article TSA apologizes after Native American traveler says agent snapped her braids and said 'giddyup'
(1/15/2020)
(Minnesota) -- An official of the Transportation Security Administration apologized Tuesday to a Native American air traveler who says an agent treated her offensively...
article TSA apologizes to Native American woman 'humiliated' during security screening
(1/15/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has apologized to a Native American woman who was recently “humiliated” by an agent’s...
article TSA apologizes to traveler over treatment at MN airport
(1/14/2020)
(Minnesota) -- An official of the Transportation Security Administration apologized Tuesday to a Native American air traveler who says an agent treated her offensively...
article Education on history of Indian boarding schools gets a boost
(1/10/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A national organization based in Minnesota is kicking off a new 10-year plan to bring attention to a dark chapter in U.S. history — and it’s...
article Minnesota Art Exhibit Depicts Reflections as an ‘Outsider’ in Native Family
(1/9/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Blair Treuer is a non-Native woman whose husband and children are Ojibwe, and her new exhibit, “Portraits,” depicts her reflections as a white outsider to...
article Western Union clarifies tribal ID policy
(1/8/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A sign advising customers that tribal ID is not accepted at the Western Union kiosk at Hugo’s in Park Rapids has been removed after being criticized in...
article BSU names new American Indian Resource Center director
(1/7/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Chrissy Koch, the former outreach specialist for BSU's American Indian Resource Center, has been named as the center's new executive director, the...
article Friends and fans gather to celebrate life of St. Paul rapper
(1/4/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Friends and fans of St. Paul-born rapper Lexii Alijai gathered on Raspberry Island on Saturday night to hold a vigil for her. Alexis "Lexii Alijai...
article Indian activists escalate campaign for more shelter beds in Twin Cities
(1/3/2020)
(Minnesota) -- American Indian activists are escalating their campaign for more emergency shelter beds in Minnesota, while calling on civic leaders to respect a U.S....
article American Indian Magnet School wins zoning approval to expand
(12/31/2019)
(Minnesota) -- The American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul could add several additions to its building at 1075 E. Third St. to accommodate art and science programs, as...
article Going Full “Woke”: Statement About Indian-land Theft Read Before Christmas Play
(12/30/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Imagine attending a performance of A Christmas Carol, and the “first act” is a lecture about how the theater sits on “sacred,” stolen Indian land. This is...

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