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Food Sovereignty

article Thíŋpsiŋla: The Edible Bounty Beneath the Great Plains
(10/27/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Looking out over the vast expanse of untilled natural grasslands that make up the Northern Great Plains, it’s clear that wild game is plentiful but...
article Gatherings Cafe gets new executive chef and a makeover
(10/6/2020)
(Minnesota) -- True to his adaptive nature and agility in the kitchen, chef Brian Yazzie has turned the lemons of the coronavirus pandemic into lemonade. Indigenous...
article We Are What We Eat: Chef Sean Sherman On Preserving, Popularizing Native Cuisine
(10/5/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Three years ago, chef Sean Sherman, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, published a Lakota cookbook about pre-colonization foods. He started his quest...
article Gatherings Cafe puts Indigenous foods at the forefront
(10/3/2020)
(Minnesota) -- On a Wednesday morning, Chef Brian Yazzie and staff are busy getting about 200 meals ready to go out the door by noon. Today's meal is a bison chili...
article ‘Manoomin will carry you through’
(9/28/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Every fall, Ojibwe go down to the river and lake sloughs surrounding the Great Lakes region to manoominike, or make wild rice, in two-person teams in...
article Native American farm's growth helps to feed community
(9/24/2020)
(Minnesota) -- While some businesses have put growth plans on hold during the pandemic, a Native American farm took the opposite tack. Dream of Wild Health decided to...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Red Lake Tribe

article An uncle's promise leads to a revolutionary solar project in Red Lake Nation
(10/26/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Bob Blake is at the heart of the Red Lake Solar Project – he sees it as a spark for a movement he hopes will sweep the nation. The project is in the...
article Successful Voter Registration Drive at Red Lake
(10/25/2020)
(Minnesota) -- It was Friday October 9, 2020. I came to Red Lake Nation to witness the impressive Voter Registration Drive going on, a drive that registered roughly 5,...
article Disparities within distance learning, Indian Education Program revealed during Bemidji school board meeting
(10/20/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Distance learning -- what’s working, what isn’t working so well, and who it is affecting, was a major topic of discussion during Monday night...
article Red Lake Tribal Police seek public's help finding suspects in racist vandalism
(10/17/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Red Lake Tribal Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction of the person or persons who vandalized a boundary sign...
article Red Lake Welcome Sign Defaced With Nazi Swastika and Trump 2020 Vandalism
(10/15/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Yesterday morning, the Red Lake Nation was notified that a welcome sign to the reservation was vandalized with a Nazi swastika and the words “Trump...
article 11 charged in Red Lake meth, fentanyl trafficking conspiracy
(10/15/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A total of 11 people were charged Thursday in two separate indictments relating to parallel methamphetamine and fentanyl distribution conspiracies.
article Construction continues on Red Lake Nation solar portfolio in Northern Minnesota
(10/13/2020)
(Minnesota) -- One of Northern Minnesota’s largest solar projects continues this fall with the second of 12 planned commercial-scale installations. In February...
article Man sentenced for killing on Red Lake Indian Reservation
(9/30/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A man accused of fatally beating and strangling his wife and leaving her on the side of a road on the Red Lake Indian Reservation has been sentenced to 16...
article Jeremiah Kingbird Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison For Wife’s Death On Red Lake Indian Reservation
(9/29/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A man accused of fatally beating and strangling his wife and leaving her on the side of a road on the Red Lake Indian Reservation was sentenced Tuesday to...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

COVID-19

article Ravaged Tribal Economies May Not Rebound From Covid Shock
(10/24/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Covid-19 pandemic has been especially brutal to America’s original citizens. Tribal communities and economies are getting decimated by the...
article Tribal leaders urge caution as COVID-19 cases surge
(10/23/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Early in the pandemic, there was a lot of fear that if the coronavirus got a foothold in tribal communities in Minnesota, it could take a devastating toll...
article Minnesota Had Some of the Nation’s Worst Racial Disparities. Then Came the Pandemic
(10/19/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Beti Ali was doing fine at the start of this year. The 42-year-old had a stable job that provided a decent income and health insurance for herself, her 8-...
article A Native American Clinic Gives Doses of Cultural Healing During COVID-19
(10/8/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Every morning, around 30 staff members with the Native American Community Clinic get together in an online virtual huddle. Before the day's duties are...
article Native Americans in Minnesota Keep COVID-19 at Bay
(10/7/2020)
(Minnesota) -- After the COVID-19 pandemic made its jarring entrance onto U.S. soil earlier this year, leaders of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa watched...
article ‘If we lose the elders, it's like a library burning down.’ Native Americans in Minnesota Tackle COVID-19
(10/7/2020)
(Minnesota) -- After the COVID-19 pandemic made its jarring entrance onto U.S. soil earlier this year, leaders of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa watched...
article Minnesota tribes continue to cautiously prepare for COVID-19
(9/29/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Six months since Minnesota registered its first case of COVID-19, the serious effects of the virus are still hitting Indigenous residents hard despite...
article Six months in, tribal nations cautiously optimistic about COVID-19 response
(9/28/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, there was great concern about the potential impact the virus might have on Native American tribes in...
article Minnesota Tribes Continue to Cautiously Prepare for COVID-19
(9/28/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Six months since Minnesota registered its first case of COVID-19, the serious effects of the virus are still hitting Indigenous residents hard despite...
article Tests for tribes -- one way Mayo makes amends with Native Americans
(9/25/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In late March as COVID-19 was making its first imprint across the United States, its weight fell especially hard on Native American communities, which...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Vote

article 'It’s a stepping stone': Virtual panel makes appeals to Native American voters
(10/24/2020)
(Minnesota) -- As Election Day draws near, local organizations are working harder than ever to encourage people to get out and vote. On Thursday, organizations Rock the...
1 Article on this Issue

CARES act

article Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians receives $450K grant for food security
(10/23/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has been awarded a $450,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to assist the Tribe in building a community...
1 Article on this Issue

Mille Lacs Band

article Osburn sworn in as Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe judge
(10/23/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Cherokee Nation citizen Richard D. Osburn on Oct. 13 was sworn in as the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe district judge. From November 2008 to August 2014,...
article Man arrested and charged for possessing meth on casino floor
(10/16/2020)
(Minnesota) -- On Sept. 15, an officer with the Mille Lacs Tribal Police was dispatched to to the Grand Casino in Onamia on reports of found drugs. At the casino,...
article Suspect, deputy identified in deadly Pine County officer involved shooting
(10/12/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Officials have identified the man who was shot and killed in a deadly use of force incident that occurred last week in Pine County. According to the...
article Suspect fatally shot by deputy on I-35 after alleged domestic incident at Grand Casino Hinckley
(10/10/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A suspect is dead after being shot by a Pine County sheriff's deputy on Interstate 35 Friday afternoon. The incident began at 1:45 p.m. as a reported...
article Incident at Grand Casino Hinckley leads to police chase ending in deadly police shooting
(10/9/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A deadly police shooting on I-35 south of Hinckley is under investigation, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Around 1:45 p.m....
article Mille Lacs Band announces grant to study possible business incubator program
(9/29/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe says it has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the state of Minnesota to study entrepreneurism in its economy and the...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Minneapolis parish proudly promotes Pumpkin Patch
(10/21/2020)
(Minnesota) -- About 1,500 pumpkins of varying sizes and colors have taken up residence at Our Lady of Peace in south Minneapolis. They arrived from New Mexico Oct. 16...
1 Article on this Issue

White Earth

article White Earth Tribal Community College, UMN Crookston partner on 5-year grant
(10/21/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families has awarded White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC) a...
1 Article on this Issue

Enbridge Pipeline

article Minnesota DNR grants 2 approvals for Line 3 pipeline
(10/19/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has granted two of the 10 required DNR permits for the proposed Enbridge Line 3 crude oil pipeline...
1 Article on this Issue

Prairie Island

article Prairie Island in the pandemic: Lessons bring tribal members closer together
(10/18/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Having to close the Treasure Island Casino & Resort because of COVID-19 has helped the Prairie Island Indian Community realize many of the steps they...
article Prairie Island in the pandemic: Connecting to tribal traditions in new ways
(10/11/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In spite of the many changes forced upon the world by COVID-19, Prairie Island Indian Community members have managed to hold on to many of the traits and...
article Prairie Island in the pandemic: Planning paid off at Treasure Island
(10/2/2020)
(Minnesota) -- For longtime employees of Treasure Island Casino & Resort, it was an eerie feeling when the noise of the slot machines, the splashing in the water...
article Prairie Island in the pandemic: Tribal Council faced tough, wide-reaching decisions
(9/27/2020)
(Minnesota) -- When the coronavirus began to spread across the United States, the Prairie Island Indian Community was proactive, taking measures to protect tribal...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Peggy Flanagan

article Lt. Gov. Flanagan says she does not support reinstalling Columbus statue
(10/17/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Lt. Gov. Flanagan has made it known that she does not support the reinstallation of a Christopher Columbus statue that was torn down at the capitol by...
article Lt. Governor and local DFL Party leaders hold Native American voter engagement event in Cass Lake
(10/17/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A few dozen people attended a Native American voter engagement event at the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Government Center on Friday, where Minnesota Lt. Gov...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Minnesota Supreme Court hears dispute over canceled PolyMet mine permits
(10/13/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide whether state regulators erred in issuing permits for PolyMet Mining Corp.’s copper-nickel mine without a...
1 Article on this Issue

Election 2020

article Biden-Harris campaign releases policy plan for Native American tribal nations
(10/9/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Marked by a Thursday, Oct. 8 campaign visit to the American Indian Veterans National Memorial in Arizona, Democratic presidential and vice presidential...
1 Article on this Issue

Winnebago Tribe

article Peering at the Past Winnebago removal “the most spectacular sight ever witnessed in this area”
(10/6/2020)
(Minnesota) -- For tribal elders, this migration was unpleasant but nothing new. More than a century later, local historian Percival Narveson termed “this uneasy...
1 Article on this Issue

Fond du Lac Band

article Minn. Tribe, Groups Seek EPA Redo On Iron Plant Rules (sub req)
(10/1/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Environmental Protection Agency's new emission standards for a particular type of iron ore processing plant fail to cap dangerous air pollutants,...
1 Article on this Issue

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article US Attorney's Office: Nearly $8M in grants introduced to help improve public safety, serve victims in Native American communities
(9/30/2020)
(Minnesota) -- On Wednesday, the United States Attorney's Office said nearly $8 million in Department of Justice grants will be used to improve public safety, serve...
1 Article on this Issue

Shakopee Mdewakanton

article Shakopee Mdewakanton tribe applies to put 295 acres of its Scott County land into trust
(9/27/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has applied to put in trust nearly 300 acres of recently purchased acreage in Prior Lake and Shakopee, a...
1 Article on this Issue

Stories Of The Week

article Tribes dealt severe economic blow as pandemic squeezes casino revenues
(9/26/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Shooting Star Casino was a logical choice as a site for drive-in coronavirus testing on the Ojibwe White Earth Reservation. The sprawling casino,...
1 Article on this Issue

McGirt

article Breaking the Ice: Professor’s brief cited in tribal sovereignty case
(9/24/2020)
(Minnesota) -- For Mitchell Hamline School of Law professor Colette Routel, having the U.S. Supreme Court cite an amicus brief she co-wrote in its landmark McGirt v....
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article 'Neither Wolf Nor Dog' film returns to Bemidji this week
(10/27/2020)
(Minnesota) -- “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” a Native American film based on the Minnesota Book Award winning novel by former Bemidjian Kent Nerburn, returns to...
article Rare Ojibwe woven mats relocated from Isle Royale to Grand Portage
(10/25/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In September, the entire tribal council for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa gathered on a dock jutting into the lake to welcome a rare,...
article Tara Houska on Racist Mascots, Fighting Pipelines, and Being the Only Native Person in the Room
(10/18/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A group of kids pull smallmouth bass out of the river behind Native American lawyer and activist Tara Houska as she answers my questions. I’m...
article University grad student bridges Native American communities and solar energy
(10/17/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Bob Blake said sometimes he thinks he is addicted to solar. With the solar industry constantly evolving and changing, the incoming University of Minnesota...
article GRAVEHUFFER Honor Native American Loss in Sludgy Track "Ghost Dance"
(10/17/2020)
(Minnesota) -- After forming back in 2008, under the name Krom, Missouri-based Gravehuffer have now crafted their own unique style of extreme metal. With a couple of LPs...
article Ojibwe bands in Minnesota continue moose hunts to maintain tradition, treaty rights
(10/17/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In late September, Jeff Tibbetts walked quietly through the Superior National Forest north of Isabella, past a spot where, the day before, he had startled...
article Metropolitan Council awards grants for housing near transit
(10/15/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A total of $4.5 million in grants has been awarded by the Metropolitan Council for transit-oriented developments in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and St. Louis...
article From fire to record fundraising, Minneapolis non-profit keeps focused on Native American youth
(10/13/2020)
(Minnesota) -- It's been a tough year for a Twin Cities non-profit that was instrumental in the adoption of Indigenous People's Day in Minnesota. MIGIZI, which...
article From fire to record fundraising, Minneapolis non-profit keeps focused on Native American youth
(10/12/2020)
(Minnesota) -- It's been a tough year for a Twin Cities non-profit that was instrumental in the adoption of Indigenous People's Day in Minnesota. MIGIZI, which has spent...
article Bands continue moose hunts to maintain tradition, treaty rights
(10/12/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In late September, Jeff Tibbetts walked quietly through the Superior National Forest north of Isabella, past a spot where, the day before, he had startled...
article Gambling granny shoots husband dead then kills a stranger to steal her identity
(10/11/2020)
(Minnesota) -- On 23 March, 2018, a man was found dead under a blanket at the home he shared with his wife in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. David Riess, 54, had been shot...
article Homeless and facing winter in Minneapolis
(10/9/2020)
(Minnesota) -- “We're vulnerable every night. But at that instant, it takes faith,” he said. Williams criticized the park board’s decision to limit...
article AchieveMpls' Danielle Grant lands Women in Business award
(10/7/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Danielle Grant is making sure local kids are well-positioned for life beyond high school. As president and CEO of AchieveMpls, a nonprofit dedicated to...
article Activist wants to prevent Wall of Forgotten Natives
(10/6/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Outreach worker Jase Roe is determined to prevent a Native American homeless camp from exploding into one similar to 2018 that grew to over 300 people,...
article Groups study Totem Town site, hoping to make case for parkland
(9/30/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A St. Paul neighbors group and a Native American-led nonprofit have hired researchers to study the possible cultural, historical and environmental...
article OP/ED: Data sovereignty and what it means
(9/30/2020)
(Minnesota) -- You may be asking yourself what is data sovereignty? Who owns it, who has it? All Indigenous people according to the United Nations Declaration for the...
article Unsheltered Native People Return to Wall of Forgotten Natives
(9/29/2020)
(Minnesota) -- 2020 there was yet another forced eviction of our homeless relatives, mostly Native American, from publicly owned property within the City of Minneapolis...
article Homeless Advocates Blame Minneapolis’ Continued Lack Of Affordable Housing For ‘Wall of Forgotten Natives’ Resurgence
(9/28/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A stretch of land in Minneapolis that once housed hundreds of people experiencing homelessness has again turned into an encampment. Beyond the fencing and...
article Mindful of a Harmful Past, One College Supports Native Students
(9/28/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The campus at the University of Minnesota Morris used to host a very different kind of institution. In 1887, when the first buildings were constructed, it...
article Lacrosse connects Prior Lake graduate to her culture
(9/24/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Lacrosse helps Nina Polk stay connected to and learn about her Native American culture. Not only does the 2020 Prior Lake High School graduate play the...

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