DOJ Now Has Criminal Jurisdiction On Mille Lacs ReservationThe United States Federal Government will now assume criminal jurisdiction over the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's reservation in central Minnesota, according to the Department of Justice. The Mille Lacs Reservation becomes only the second in the U.S. to have had their request for concurrent jurisdiction granted by the DOJ -- the first being the White Earth Reservation in northeastern Minnesota.
UND Students, Staff Toying With New Fighting Hawks Nickname University of North Dakota, home of the Fighting Hawks?
Finding Minnesota: North Shore's 'Witch Tree'A twisted, gnarly old cedar tree has inspired centuries of wonder and mystery in far northeastern Minnesota. The solitary tree, which locals nicknamed, "The Witch Tree," has long been growing out of a rock on tribal land along the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior.
Twin Cities Recognize Native Americans On Columbus Day More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of the holiday to celebrate the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around the country.
UND Holding Celebration To Mark First Nations Day On FridayThe University of North Dakota is holding a celebration to mark First Nations Day. Gov. Jack Dalrymple has pronounced Friday as First Nations Day to recognize the state's native people and their role in shaping the history and culture of the state.
Chippewa Tribes To Challenge Rights To Off-Reservation RicingWild rice is, without question, the most culturally-important food to Minnesota's Native American people. Wild Rice that is growing on pristine northern lakes is now in season. It is an annual activity that can be harvested by anyone, assuming they purchase the $15-per-day or $25-per-season license.
Ojibwe Group To Harvest Wild Rice In Treaty Rights TestA group of Ojibwe Native Americans has put the Dayton administration on notice that it plans to harvest wild rice without state licenses later this month to try to assert rights they believe they hold under an 1855 treaty. They plan to gather wild rice on Hole-in-the-Day Lake in Nisswa on Aug. 27 and are urging conservation officers not to issue citations or seize their wild rice or harvesting equipment.
Indian Tribe Recognition Process OverhauledThe Obama administration is making it easier for some Indian tribes to obtain federal recognition, addressing a longstanding grievance of many Native Americans. The new regulation being announced Monday updates a 37-year-old process that has been roundly criticized as broken because of the many years and mounds of paperwork that went into each application.
Minn. Couple Challenges Native American Adoption LawNative American parents John and Jane Doe -- as their lawyer calls them -- want a better life for their child. Attorney Mark Fiddler says the child is already living with the soon-to-be adoptive white parents, but the adoption is no guarantee.
Dakotas Universities Work To Boost American Indian StudiesAmerican Indian studies programs at four universities in the Dakotas are collaborating to boost the quality of their offerings to students, raise awareness of Native American issues and help ensure their own futures.
Program Seeks To Help Native Families Get Better Access To Healthy FoodNative Americans have some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and profound health problems. A lot of it is blamed on poor nutrition. So there's a national effort to return to native foods and better diets.
St. Louis County Medical Examiner Resigns From PositionThe St. Louis County medical examiner has resigned shortly after stirring up controversy over his decision to perform autopsies on Native Americans killed in car accidents. A letter sent to county commissioners on Tuesday said Thomas Uncini is no longer interested in the position he's held since 1998. The county board decided to temporarily extend his contract through June 30, so the county can find a replacement.