News & Updates

County Board delays mediation due to a lack of respect, misunderstanding

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Aitkin Independent Age By: Vivian LaMoore Posted: 11/15/2017 Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners voted to table the request from the Governor to enter mediation with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe regarding the law enforcement agreement. The reason was based on a “lack of respect.” During the Mille Lacs County Board of Commissioners regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov....
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Mille Lacs County’s fight with Indian community hurts tourism industry

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Star Tribune By: Editorial Board Posted: 11/03/2017 The resorts that ring Lake Mille Lacs are the economic backbone of the central Minnesota county that shares the sprawling body of water’s name. These hardworking business owners should know that their County Board’s self-inflicted feud with a local American Indian community will make it more difficult for resort owners to...
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Opioids –An epidemic spreading like wildfire

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Mille Lacs Messenger By: Sherri Burke Posted: 10/25/2017 Staff from Amy Klobuchar’s office, community officials meet to discuss the opioid crisis. As part of a two-day tour across northern Minnesota, staff from Minnesota State Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office met with Aitkin community leaders, elected officials and advocates at the Aitkin Public Library on Oct. 16 to discuss resources needed...
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Ojibwe bands plan public forums on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline plan

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Pioneer Press By: Associated Press Posted: 10/16/2017 MAHNOMEN, Minn. — Six Ojibwe bands that oppose Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its Line 3 oil pipeline will open public meetings this week as part of their own environmental assessment. The first is Wednesday on the White Earth Reservation at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen. The tribal proceedings are separate from...
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DOI Secretary names Director of Bureau of Indian Affairs

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Native Times By: DOI Media Release Posted: 10/16/2017   Cherokee citizen to lead agency serving 567 Tribal communities WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the selection of Bryan Rice, a veteran federal administrator and citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, as the new Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the federal agency...
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Community action group takes aim at drug dealers

Categorized: Mille Lacs News

Mille Lacs Messenger By: Vivian LaMoore Posted: 10/11/2017 Natives Against Heroin call out the drug dealers/users at their own homes on the Mille Lacs Band reservation chanting, “Shut it down – Shut it down” The rain finally let up in the Mille Lacs Lake area for at least a day, although on Thursday, Oct. 5, the cloud cover remained...
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Legislation aims to reduce violence against Native American women

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Ruidoso News By: Ruidoso News Report Posted: 10/09/2017 Native American women are murdered at 10 times the national average U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a Democrat from New Mexico, joined in introducing legislation to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls. The co-sponsors include U.S. Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.). Native women are murdered at...
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Prescription opioids killed 186 people in Minn. last year. What can be done to stop their abuse?

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Pioneer Press By: Christopher Magan Posted: 10/7/2017, Updated 10/10/2017 at 5:42 pm Joe Nickelson and Tom Johnson never thought they’d end up shooting heroin. Dave Baker never imagined he’d lose his 25-year-old son Dan to a heroin overdose. But prescription opioids hooked all three. “It’s the devil’s drug. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone,” said Johnson. “It took 10 years from my...
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