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Red Lake Nation in mourning after Secretary Don Cook passes away
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Red Lake Nation in mourning after Secretary Don Cook passes away (May 3, 2017)
Flags on the reservation in Minnesota are flags at half-staff following the death of Don Cook at the age of 74.

Arne Vainio: We lost a fluent Ojibwe speaker in Larry Smallwood
Education | Opinion
Arne Vainio: We lost a fluent Ojibwe speaker in Larry Smallwood (April 28, 2017)
When we lose an elder, we lose a library.

Foreign billionaire behind mine opposed by tribes rents mansion to Trump couple
Environment | Law | National | Politics | World
Foreign billionaire behind mine opposed by tribes rents mansion to Trump couple (April 18, 2017)
Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, work for President Donald Trump and are in position to influence the administration's position on a mine project in Minnesota.

Tribes secure over $9M in grants to improve transportation safety
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Tribes secure over $9M in grants to improve transportation safety (April 10, 2017)
Some 74 tribes in 20 states will use for the funds for a variety of road, bridge, pedestrian and safety projects.

Red Lake Nation citizen loses attempt to diminish reservation border
Law
Red Lake Nation citizen loses attempt to diminish reservation border (April 4, 2017)
A unanimous decision from a federal appeals court confirms that Congress did not reduce the boundaries of the reservation.

Mark Trahant: Native women represent in public office across nation
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native women represent in public office across nation (April 3, 2017)
A little more than 40 percent of all American Indian and Alaska Native legislators are female.

Mark Trahant: Another Native woman aims to make history at polls
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Another Native woman aims to make history at polls (February 14, 2017)
Timing is everything in politics — so Minnesota Rep. Peggy Flanagan (D) is wasting no time in her bid for Congress.

Winona LaDuke: Tribes emboldened by resistance at Standing Rock
Canada | Environment | National
Winona LaDuke: Tribes emboldened by resistance at Standing Rock (February 1, 2017)
The surge of formal opposition to tar sands and fracked oil pipelines shows how Standing Rock resistance has emboldened Great Lakes tribes.

Mark Trahant: A new door opens for a Native woman in Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: A new door opens for a Native woman in Congress (December 13, 2016)
In politics timing is everything. Sometimes the stars do align.

Mark Trahant: Indian candidates find successes at the state level
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian candidates find successes at the state level (November 15, 2016)
Let’s examine 2016 and what worked, what needed work, and what must be rethought.

Mark Trahant: It wasn't a complete disaster for Native candidates
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: It wasn't a complete disaster for Native candidates (November 9, 2016)
Indian Country lost some races with really talented people. But elections are not forever.

Supreme Court turns down petition in Mdewakanton land dispute
Law
Supreme Court turns down petition in Mdewakanton land dispute (November 7, 2016)
It looks like it's the end of the road for a group of Mdewakanton descendants who have been seeking rights to the land promised to their ancestors.

The Sioux Chef is on track to open indigenous restaurant in Minnesota in 2017
Business | Health | National
The Sioux Chef is on track to open indigenous restaurant in Minnesota in 2017 (October 27, 2016)
Sean Sherman raised nearly $149,000 -- the most ever for a restaurant campaign on Kickstarter.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates for Congress in final stretch
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates for Congress in final stretch (October 26, 2016)
Thirteen days and counting. And the election issue once again is the Affordable Care Act.

Arne Vainio: Honoring unsung heroes in our throwaway society
Health | Opinion
Arne Vainio: Honoring unsung heroes in our throwaway society (October 18, 2016)
The longer I’m in the doctor business, the more I realize true healing is love and forgiveness and redemption and hope.

Mike Myers: Leech Lake Band takes lead in solar development
Business | Environment | Opinion | Technology
Mike Myers: Leech Lake Band takes lead in solar development (October 17, 2016)
'As privately held Indigenous nation chartered companies we sit in a unique position.'

Fond du Lac Band reports success with land-buy back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Fond du Lac Band reports success with land-buy back program (September 9, 2016)
The Minnesota tribe so far has been able to consolidate about 42 percent of the fractionated land base.

Arne Vainio receives 'Unsung Hero' award for efforts in Minnesota
Health | National
Arne Vainio receives 'Unsung Hero' award for efforts in Minnesota (September 6, 2016)
Arne Vainio is a physician and member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

Tribal activists cheer demise of controversial pipeline in Minnesota
Environment | National
Tribal activists cheer demise of controversial pipeline in Minnesota (September 2, 2016)
The Canadian company behind Sandpiper is also an investor in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Mdewakanton descendants want Supreme Court to hear land case
Law | National
Mdewakanton descendants want Supreme Court to hear land case (September 1, 2016)
In 1863, Congress promised 12 square miles in present-day Minnesota to the loyal Mdewakanton but the land was never set aside for the people.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community mourns loss of two firefighters
Law | National
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community mourns loss of two firefighters (August 31, 2016)
James Shelifoe, 23, and Alan Swartz, 25, were killed in an accident while their crew was on its way to fight a fire.

Leech Lake Band celebrates groundbreaking for new high school
Education | National
Leech Lake Band celebrates groundbreaking for new high school (August 26, 2016)
The replacement Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School should be ready in time for the fall 2017 school year.

Indian children over-represented in foster care system in Minnesota
Law | National
Indian children over-represented in foster care system in Minnesota (August 22, 2016)
Indian children are 2 percent of the state's child population and 24 percent of the foster care population.

Winona LaDuke: Bigger problems ahead for Dakota Access Pipeline
Environment | Opinion
Winona LaDuke: Bigger problems ahead for Dakota Access Pipeline (August 22, 2016)
The recent announcement of Enbridge's purchase of the Dakota Access Pipeline came as a surprise to most of us.

Mille Lacs Band welcomes public to 50th annual traditional powwow
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Mille Lacs Band welcomes public to 50th annual traditional powwow (August 18, 2016)
The August 19-21 event takes place at the Iskigamizigan Powwow Grounds in Onamia, Minnesota.

Arne Vainio: The late Jim Northrup shared his calling with the world
Opinion
Arne Vainio: The late Jim Northrup shared his calling with the world (August 18, 2016)
Jim Northrup was a boarding school survivor, a warrior in Vietnam, a cop on the reservation, a poet and an author of multiple books, a husband, father and grandfather.

Sean Sherman - the 'Sioux Chef' - leads movement for indigenous foods
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Sean Sherman - the 'Sioux Chef' - leads movement for indigenous foods (August 17, 2016)
Sean Sherman, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, plans to open the first indigenous kitchen in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Opinion: Court project sees success in protecting Native survivors
Law | Opinion
Opinion: Court project sees success in protecting Native survivors (August 15, 2016)
On any given day the Family Justice Center in downtown Minneapolis is filled with individuals seeking help for domestic violence.

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe swears in executive committee members
National | Politics
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe swears in executive committee members (August 12, 2016)
The committee consists of the leaders of the Bois Forte, Fond Du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and White Earth bands.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates advance in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates advance in Minnesota and Wisconsin (August 11, 2016)
Seven Native candidates are in the running in Minnesota and there's another in Wisconsin.

Mark Trahant: Helping Native candidates succeed in our legislatures
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Helping Native candidates succeed in our legislatures (August 5, 2016)
If you look at the overall levels of representation, then state legislatures are where Native American candidates have been the most successful.

Award-winning Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup passes away at age 73
Arts & Entertainment | National
Award-winning Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup passes away at age 73 (August 2, 2016)
Jim Northrup was a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

Mille Lacs Band slams county for ending law enforcement deal
Law | National | Politics
Mille Lacs Band slams county for ending law enforcement deal (June 30, 2016)
The county took offense after the Obama administration sided with the tribe and confirmed that the Mille Lacs Reservation continues to exist.

Five tribes donate over $500K for Democratic party's convention
National | Politics
Five tribes donate over $500K for Democratic party's convention (June 30, 2016)
The tribal contributions were significant because they represented about half of the total that was raised in May for the upcoming meeting.

Native Sun News: Hockey Hall of Fame referee Oliver 'Butchy' Mousseau passes on
National | Sports
Native Sun News: Hockey Hall of Fame referee Oliver 'Butchy' Mousseau passes on (June 24, 2016)
Butch Mousseau was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 for being the first Native American referee in the National Hockey League.

Former Fond du Lac Band chairman Peter Defoe passes on at 77
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Former Fond du Lac Band chairman Peter Defoe passes on at 77 (June 22, 2016)
Peter Defoe served four terms and secretary / treasurer of his tribe and as president of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community adds another 128 acres
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Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community adds another 128 acres (June 22, 2016)
So far this year, the Minnesota tribe's reservation has grown by about 369 acres.

Arne Vainio: Congratulating our graduates on a major milestone
Education | Opinion
Arne Vainio: Congratulating our graduates on a major milestone (June 16, 2016)
Major life transitions should always carry ceremonies.

Leech Lake Band placed girl in foster home where she was killed
Law | National
Leech Lake Band placed girl in foster home where she was killed (June 13, 2016)
Kira Rain Friedman, 2, died after reportedly being left unattended in a shower.

Appeals court lifts sanctions in long-running Dakota land dispute
Law
Appeals court lifts sanctions in long-running Dakota land dispute (June 7, 2016)
Dakota descendants in Minnesota who are seeking rights to the land promised to their ancestors secured a small victory from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Red Lake Nation News: Elders honored at sixth annual gathering
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Red Lake Nation News: Elders honored at sixth annual gathering (May 17, 2016)
Red Lake Elders 55 and older came not only from reservation communities, but from Bois Forte, White Earth and Leech Lake, Duluth and the Twin Cities.

Secretary Sally Jewell to deliver tribal college commencement address
Education | National
Secretary Sally Jewell to deliver tribal college commencement address (May 13, 2016)
The leader of the Interior Department will speak to graduates of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Minnesota.

Tribes and educators push for newer data for key funding program
Education | National | Politics
Tribes and educators push for newer data for key funding program (May 10, 2016)
The Native student population has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 20 years but the Bureau of Indian Affairs is stuck on Johnson O’Malley data from 1995.

Leech Lake Band to get new high school after long wait for funding
Education | National | Politics
Leech Lake Band to get new high school after long wait for funding (May 9, 2016)
For nearly 21 years, students at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School in Minnesota have been attending classes in structures that were never meant to house people.

Vi Waln: Native Nation Rebuilders program helps strengthen tribal governments
Opinion
Vi Waln: Native Nation Rebuilders program helps strengthen tribal governments (May 9, 2016)
The Native Nation Rebuilders Fellowship targets tribal citizens residing in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota who have an interest in strengthening tribal governance.

Comedian Ralphie May tries to turn Indian joke controversy around
Arts & Entertainment | National
Comedian Ralphie May tries to turn Indian joke controversy around (April 13, 2016)
The popular comedian offered to use his celebrity to help Indian Country even as he faced continued criticism for an old routine that many found offensive.

Comedian Ralphie May forced to postpone or cancel more shows
Arts & Entertainment | National
Comedian Ralphie May forced to postpone or cancel more shows (April 12, 2016)
Outcry over an old routine that employed stereotypes of Indian people has put the comic on the defensive in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Mille Lacs Band expands economy with $6.9M purchase of resort
Business
Mille Lacs Band expands economy with $6.9M purchase of resort (April 8, 2016)
The acquisition of the Big Sandy Lodge & Resort adds to the Minnesota tribe's hospitality ventures.

Award-winning writer Jim Northrup prepares for his final journey
Arts & Entertainment | National
Award-winning writer Jim Northrup prepares for his final journey (April 8, 2016)
The author of the popular Fond du Lac Follies column is following the Ojibwe philosophy of minobimaadiziwin, or living the good life.

Comedian Ralphie May apologizes after Indian routine resurfaces
Arts & Entertainment
Comedian Ralphie May apologizes after Indian routine resurfaces (April 7, 2016)
The comedian denied being a racist but it wasn't enough for him to keep an upcoming gig in Minnesota.

Bureau of Indian Affairs adds more land to Shakopee Reservation
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Bureau of Indian Affairs adds more land to Shakopee Reservation (March 29, 2016)
Another 240.71 acres is in trust for the Minnesota tribe, according to five notices published in the Federal Register.

Dave Archambault: Yanktonai artist Oscar Howe recorded history
Arts & Entertainment | Opinion
Dave Archambault: Yanktonai artist Oscar Howe recorded history (March 28, 2016)
The murals on the walls of the Shear Howe arena in Mobridge, South Dakota, reveal an invaluable perspective of American Indian life shortly after contact with the Wasicus.

Bureau of Indian Affairs adds nearly 47 acres to Shakopee Reservation
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Bureau of Indian Affairs adds nearly 47 acres to Shakopee Reservation (March 17, 2016)
Acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts signed three reservation proclamations for the Minnesota tribe.

BIA approves HEARTH Act leasing regulations for Shakopee Tribe
Business | National | Trust
BIA approves HEARTH Act leasing regulations for Shakopee Tribe (March 15, 2016)
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota will no longer have to seek approval for every business site lease.

Fond du Lac Band sees $3.8M in offers from Cobell land buy-back
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Fond du Lac Band sees $3.8M in offers from Cobell land buy-back (March 15, 2016)
More than 3,200 landowners received offers to sell their fractional interests on the reservation.

Dalton Walker: Red Lake Nation rallies for boys basketball players
Opinion | Sports
Dalton Walker: Red Lake Nation rallies for boys basketball players (March 9, 2016)
Basketball is more than a game for many at Red Lake. It's a cherished outlet.

Members of Leech Lake Band assert off-reservation treaty rights
Environment | Law
Members of Leech Lake Band assert off-reservation treaty rights (March 4, 2016)
Two tribal members were cited by the state of Minnesota for killing a deer out of season.

Arne Vainio: Let's start to banish the shame associated with suicide
Health | Opinion
Arne Vainio: Let's start to banish the shame associated with suicide (March 3, 2016)
My father's suicide is never far from my mind. I go outside at night and I look at the stars and I think about him.

Hillary Clinton wins another state as campaigns head to big vote
National | Politics
Hillary Clinton wins another state as campaigns head to big vote (February 29, 2016)
The Democratic and Republican candidates are turning their attention to one of the biggest days of the election cycle: the Super Tuesday primaries.

Red Lake Nation takes big step forward with solar power project
Environment | National
Red Lake Nation takes big step forward with solar power project (February 19, 2016)
The tribe will embark on a three-phase plan to install solar panels, develop solar energy farms and open a solar equipment manufacturing plant.

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