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Man charged with felony after Facebook post allegedly threatening White Earth secretary-treasurer

A Mahnomen man has been charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, for a Facebook post that allegedly threatened White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Alan Roy. Michael Floyd Keezer, 53, was charged Monday in Mahnomen County District Court.

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12/15/2018

article Gaming revenue steady on White Earth, but Star Lake takes a big bite
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Nation made nearly $10 million this year from its casino operations in Mahnomen and Bagley, but it will write off nearly $6 million in...
article White Earth anti-corruption team makes initial report
(Minnesota) -- Several months ago, the White Earth Tribal Council launched The Other Governmental Project to investigate possible tribal government corruption. According...

12/5/2018

article Man charged with felony after Facebook post allegedly threatening White Earth secretary-treasurer
(Minnesota) -- A Mahnomen man has been charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, for a Facebook post that allegedly threatened White Earth Secretary-Treasurer...
article Bemidji art gallery, Red Lake, White Earth in line for grants
(South Dakota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is set to donate $5 million to nonprofits and American Indian tribes, four of which are in the Bemidji Area.

11/12/2018

article Former Lake Park Police Chief Found Dead of Gunshot Wound in Apparent Hunting Accident
(Minnesota) -- Authorities in northwest Minnesota are investigating the shooting death of former Lake Park Police Chief Jay Nelson. The Becker County Sheriff's...

10/25/2018

article White Earth descendants can now get land access permits
(Minnesota) -- During a special meeting held Monday, Oct. 15, the White Earth Tribal Council passed a resolution reinstating land access for descendants of White Earth...

10/16/2018

article OP/ED: Proposed Star Lake casino is dead
(Minnesota) -- The rallying cry of those opposed to a casino on Star Lake in Minnesota's Otter Tail County proved to be correct. It wasn't a done deal.

10/6/2018

article White Earth Nation blames poor financial situation on gaming projects
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Nation is experiencing financial hardships and some tribal leaders are blaming the situation on prior leadership. According to Secretary-...

10/4/2018

article Investigations underway in White Earth for tribal corruption
(Minnesota) -- Several investigations are happening in White Earth, including one focusing on the tribal police department. "An independent investigation by an...

9/29/2018

article A look at the big budget cuts on White Earth
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Tribal Council made some major budget cuts for Fiscal year 2019. Here’s a look at how tribal departments will be affected:
article Big budget cuts, layoffs at White Earth reservation, including police force
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Tribal Council has taken drastic action to balance the reservation's 2019 budget — laying off 25 employees and slashing some...

9/8/2018

article White Earth Nation cancels proposed Otter Tail County casino
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Nation recently canceled a controversial plan for a casino, hotel and event center in rural Otter Tail County. The Chippewa nation...

9/4/2018

article Plans for new casino on shores of Otter Tail County lake are dead in the water
(Minnesota) -- Following a spirited campaign by opponents, White Earth Nation tribal leaders have decided to reverse plans to build a new casino in Otter Tail County....
article Shooting Star Casino Star Lake development axed
(Minnesota) -- In northern Minnesota, the federally-recognized White Earth Band of Ojibwe has reportedly abandoned a plan that would have seen it spend approximately $...

9/3/2018

article McFeely: Proposed Star Lake casino dead after three years of fighting
(Minnesota) -- The rallying cry of those opposed to a casino on Star Lake in Minnesota's Otter Tail County proved to be correct. It wasn't a done deal. "It...
article White Earth RBC rescinds Star Lake Resolution
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Reservation Business Committee (RBC) held a special meeting Friday, Aug. 31. During this meeting, RBC members voted to rescind Resolution...

8/31/2018

article Tribal committee votes down 3rd casino, proposed for Otter Tail County
(Minnesota) -- A plan for a casino in Otter Tail County near Dent appears to be dead. The new tribal leadership of the White Earth Chippewa Band has voted to rescind a...

8/28/2018

article Former White Earth Tribal Council Representative Steven "Punky" Clark passes away
(Minnesota) -- The flags are flying at half staff on White Earth today, as the tribe has announced the death of former District I Representative, Steven "Punky...

8/27/2018

article Minnesota tribe puts plans for a Star Lake casino on hold
(Minnesota) -- Plans to build a casino resort on the shores of Star Lake in Otter Tail County, between Pelican Rapids and Dent, Minnesota have been put on hold by the...

8/25/2018

article White Earth Police Search for Missing Teen
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Tribal Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing teen from northern Minnesota. Sixteen-year-old Ashton...

8/20/2018

article Bodycam footage shows cops shoot dead a Native American man as he points his gun to the ceiling following an armed clash with his roommate
(Minnesota) -- Body camera footage shows the moment two policemen shot a man dead as he raised a gun towards the ceiling on his front porch. William James Hughes was...

8/11/2018

article Sister doesn't believe race a factor in St. Paul police shooting of man who was member of northwest Minnesota reservation
(Minnesota) -- Libby Meyers wishes her brother were still alive. And she wishes the noise would stop. As Meyers made funeral arrangements for William James Hughes, she...

8/7/2018

article Police chief says video release in next 10 days
(Minnesota) -- St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell says he expects to share police body-camera videos with the family of a man shot by officers and release them to the...
article Relatives demand answers as IDs in police shooting emerge
(Minnesota) -- Relatives of a man shot to death by St. Paul police officers have joined calls for the immediate release of the officers' body camera videos and the...
article White Earth Nation citizen shot and killed by police officers
(Minnesota) -- William “Billy” James Hughes, a citizen of the White Earth Nation, was shot and killed by police officers in Minnesota on Sunday afternoon.

8/4/2018

article Alan Roy calls for anti-corruption investigation
(Minnesota) -- At inauguration ceremonies Wednesday in Mahnomen, new White Earth Tribal Secretary-Treasurer Alan Roy called for the establishment of an "anti-...

8/2/2018

article “Comps” Changes And Drug Free Workforce Enforcement At White Earth Casinos
(Minnesota) -- Sweeping changes are being ordered by the White Earth Reservation Business Committee. White Earth elected officials will no longer be administering...

7/27/2018

article White Earth hopes food truck puts reservation on road to better health
(Minnesota) -- White Earth Nation dietician Diane McArthur regularly urges tribal members to eat their vegetables. She also knows the long distances to grocery stores...

7/24/2018

article Star Lake Casino on hold as White Earth Nation reviews finances
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Nation has temporarily stepped back from the issue of pursuing a casino complex on Star Lake in Otter Tail County. June elections on the...
article After two years, Congress OKs bill to let Apache move on water project
(Arizona) -- The House gave final approval Monday to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water system,...

7/11/2018

article Roy sworn in as tribal secretary-treasurer
(Minnesota) -- Leonard "Alan" Roy was sworn in Tuesday as the new White Earth Reservation secretary-treasurer during an outdoor ceremony held at the White...

6/13/2018

article Mason ousted in White Earth secretary-treasurer race
(Minnesota) -- Two of three incumbents lost their seats on the Tribal Council in a close White Earth general election Tuesday. Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason was...
article Two incumbents ousted in White Earth tribal races
(Minnesota) -- Voters on the White Earth Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota rejected two incumbents and returned a third to office on Tuesday. In unofficial...

5/18/2018

article Northwest Minn. woman accused of borrowing tribal funds exonerated
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Tribal council voted 3-2 Friday to exonerate Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason, who was censured earlier this year by a vote of the Minnesota...

3/9/2018

article Chippewa tribal board votes to censure White Earth secretary-treasurer, exonerates chairman
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe's Executive Committee on Thursday voted to censure White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason, while exonerating White...
article White Earth Secretary-Treasurer censured: TEC votes 5-4 against Tara Mason
(Minnesota) -- More drama from White Earth: The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe's Executive Committee on Thursday voted to censure White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara...

3/8/2018

article Chippewa tribal board votes to censure White Earth secretary-treasurer, exonerates chairman
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe's Executive Committee on Thursday voted to censure White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason, while exonerating White...
article TEC votes 5-4 to censure Tara Mason
(Minnesota) -- More drama from White Earth: The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe's Executive Committee on Thursday voted to censure White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara...

3/3/2018

article White Earth Nation plagued by infighting ahead of primary election
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Nation is heading into election season and it's not looking pretty. According to The Detroit Lakes Tribune, Chairman Terry Tibbetts is...

2/28/2018

article Allegations fly in White Earth: Tribal secretary-treasurer, chairman seek to oust each other
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth secretary-treasurer and tribal chairman have filed charges against each other, seeking to have each other censured and removed from office.

2/24/2018

article Three White Earth candidates run as a coalition
(Minnesota) -- Three White Earth candidates are campaigning together under a unity platform in the White Earth Primary Election on April 3: Leonard Alan Roy is running...

2/23/2018

article Drug court approved on White Earth Indian reservation
(Minnesota) -- After more than a year of planning, the Minnesota Judicial Branch has approved a new drug court on the White Earth Indian reservation. Tribal and county...

2/19/2018

article Better Food Gets Closer in Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- The name says it all: the Good Food Access Program helps small food retailers reach people in parts of the state with limited access to healthy and...

12/22/2017

article Heroin Overdoses Led to “Urgent” Public Health Crisis
(Minnesota) -- Police Chief Michael LaRoque says the second wave of heroin overdoses in recent months on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota has led to an...

12/19/2017

article Series of overdoses on White Earth Reservation
(Minnesota) -- White Earth Tribal Government has issued what it calls an urgent public health crisis after seven drug overdoses including two deaths within 48 hours....

12/10/2017

article Roy to take on Mason for secretary-treasurer job
(Minnesota) -- Alan Roy, who formerly managed strategic affairs for the tribe, is challenging Tara Mason for the White Earth secretary-treasurer job. Over the past year...

11/26/2017

article White Earth secretary-treasurer exonerated
(Minnesota) -- White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason is off the hook. An attempt by White Earth Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts to censure her fell flat Wednesday,...

11/22/2017

article White Earth Tribe secretary-treasurer exonerated
(Minnesota) -- White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason is off the hook. An attempt by White Earth Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts to censure her fell flat Wednesday,...

10/15/2017

article White Earth tribal chairman seeks removal of secretary-treasurer
(Minnesota) -- This should make things a little awkward at White Earth Tribal Council meetings: Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts has filed charges with the Minnesota...

10/11/2017

article White Earth artist sharing culture at next lifelong learning program
(Minnesota) -- Simon Zornes, an accomplished Ojibwe artist, will share connections with the natural world that are central to Native American experience, creativity and...

10/9/2017

article Minnesota Governor Campaign Puts White Earth Band of Ojibwe Front and Center
(Minnesota) -- A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe has been named as a running mate in the Minnesota governor’s race. State Rep. Peggy Flanagan of St. Louis...

10/6/2017

article Capitol Chatter: Walz running mate a White Earth member
(Minnesota) -- U.S. Rep. Tim Walz became the first Minnesota governor candidate to pick a running mate, and if elected lieutenant governor she would become the highest...

9/30/2017

article Star Lake casino proposal findings of fact on website
(Minnesota) -- Consultant Larry Kramka and county commissioners previously discussed the proposed findings of fact and Environmental Impact Statement fee estimates for...

9/24/2017

article White Earth Reservation receives state grant to fight 'food desert' problem with food truck
(Minnesota) -- According to the latest statistics, 90 percent of White Earth Nation in northern Minnesota is considered a federally-recognized "food desert."...
article Jury trial canceled in Minn. horse starvation case, plea hearing set
(Minnesota) -- A rural Waubun man, charged with three felonies in Becker County District Court for allegedly causing the death of three horses under his care through...

9/23/2017

article County Board okays EIS findings declaration, cost
(Minnesota) -- The county board of commissioners, on Sept. 5, gave momentum to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the proposed Star Lake casino. Board...

9/19/2017

article White Earth Nation sticks by casino project despite delay in environmental review
(Minnesota) -- Tribes are used to long waits for casino projects due to lengthy reviews at the federal level. But the White Earth Nation is finding out that local...

8/28/2017

article Otter Tail County raise questions over environmental impact of new Star Lake casino
(Wisconsin) -- The White Earth Band of Chippewa has plans to set up a new land-based casino on Star Lake in the rural parts of Otter Tail County. Although the band has...

8/26/2017

article Proposed casino faces further scrutiny [2nd Item]
(Minnesota) -- Otter Tail County commissioners last week voted to request a full environmental impact statement (EIS) for a proposed casino on Star Lake. The White Earth...

8/24/2017

article McFeely: Casino opponents get a victory, for now
(Minnesota) -- Opponents of a proposed casino project on Minnesota's Star Lake won an important victory Tuesday, Aug. 22, but whether it's a lasting one is far...

8/23/2017

article Otter Tail County officials vote for EIS; victory for opponents of Star Lake casino
(Minnesota) -- Round one goes to opponents of the proposed Shooting Star Casino and Resort planned by the White Earth Nation for the shores of Star Lake in Otter Tail...

8/22/2017

article McFeely: Casino opponents get a victory, for now
(Minnesota) -- Opponents of a proposed casino project on Minnesota's Star Lake won an important victory Tuesday, Aug. 22, but whether it's a lasting one is far...
article Star Lake Casino Project Clears Another Hurdle
(Minnesota) -- The Star Lake Casino project overcomes another hurdle. Otter Tail County officials met in Fergus Falls to discuss whether or not to move forward with the...

8/19/2017

article White Earth Reservation flag added to county museum's permanent collection
(Minnesota) -- Anyone who has visited the Becker County Museum in the past few years has noticed the national, state and county flags on display in the upper level. But...

8/17/2017

article $100,000 Super Bowl Fund Grant Creates White Earth Reservation Skate Parks
(Minnesota) -- By the end of August, Native youth at Pine Point on the White Earth Reservation will be hitting the quarter pipes, half pipes, obstacles and ramps in a...

8/6/2017

article Otter Tail County board considering further environmental review on Star Lake casino
(Minnesota) -- Officials in Otter Tail County, on July 11, accepted a consultant’s recommendation to continue its environmental review of the White Earth Nation...

7/24/2017

article White Earth receives $100,000 Legacy funding for new skate park
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund awarded the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council a $100,000 grant to build the reservation's...

7/11/2017

article Final Decision on Star Lake Casino Project Hits Snag
(Minnesota) -- Otter Tail County leaders have decided to delay a final decision on the proposed Star Lake Casino project. A county commission vote on the project was...

7/10/2017

article Otter Tail County Board eyes Star Lake casino project
(Minnesota) -- Officials in Ottery Tail County, Minnesota are considering whether to take a closer look at a casino proposal by the White Earth Nation and the possible...

6/29/2017

article $7 million already spent on Star Lake Casino
(Minnesota) -- White Earth Nation has spent about $7 million so far on the proposed Star Lake Casino project, Tribal Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason said at a meeting...
article Star Lake Casino may go to vote of tribal members: New White Earth ordinance provides for referendum elections
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Tribal Council has taken the first step towards allowing a vote of the people to decide the fate of the proposed Star Lake Casino near...

6/28/2017

article White Earth has spent millions on Star Lake project
(Minnesota) -- White Earth Nation has spent about $7 million so far on the proposed Star Lake Casino project, Tribal Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason said at a meeting...

6/12/2017

article Star Lake Casino: Environmental Assessment Public Hearing This Week
(Minnesota) -- A packed house is expected Thursday night for an informational meeting about a controversial casino proposal on a lake east of Pelican Rapids. Many...

5/15/2017

article Star Lake casino use permit decision still on hold
(Minnesota) -- Environmental reviews are still taking place related to a proposed casino submitted by the White Earth Nation on the southwest side of Star Lake in...

5/9/2017

article White Earth worries loss of state money may cripple school's progress
(Minnesota) -- Students at Circle of Life Academy needed to complete two important tasks on a recent Thursday: the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, and ceremonies...

4/18/2017

article STANLEY: Off-reservation gaming comes to my backyard – and it’s not pretty
(Minnesota) -- The issue of off-reservation tribal casinos is one of those dry and frustrating topics I’ve generally tried to avoid when reporting and writing...

2/28/2017

article Done Deal? The Star Lake Casino Project
(Minnesota) -- A proposed casino on an undeveloped portion of Star Lake is raising concerns and leaving questions unanswered. Members of White Earth Nation and people of...

2/22/2017

article White Earth's Soule to be Minnesota State board member
(Minnesota) -- A White Earth Nation judge will join the Minnesota State board of trustees. Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday, Feb. 22, named George W. Soule to fill a...

2/13/2017

article LETTER: Star Lake Casino a bad idea; don't drink the tribal Kool-Aid
(Minnesota) -- You'd never realize from that Detroit Lakes Tribune's promotional piece about the Star Lake Casino that the South Arm of Star Lake is a big slough...

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