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Indian Tribe Recognition Process Overhauled

The 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.

06/29/2015

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Minn. Couple Challenges Native American Adoption Law

Native 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.

06/09/2015

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Dakotas Universities Work To Boost American Indian Studies

American 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.

04/15/2015

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Program Seeks To Help Native Families Get Better Access To Healthy Food

Native 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.

03/24/2015

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St. Louis County Medical Examiner Resigns From Position

The 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.

03/11/2015

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Hennepin County Attorney: Billy Glaze Should Not Get A New Trial

The Hennepin County Attorney said Friday that a man convicted of a serial killings in the 1980s should not receive a new trial. Billy Richard Glaze, 70, was convicted of killing three Native American women in 1986 and 1987.

10/31/2014

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March And Rally Seek To End Use Of ‘Redskins’ Name

The logo and mascot for Washington’s NFL team has been at the center of protests in the past. David Glass of the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media is one of the offended sees the name “Redskins” as discriminatory and harmful. “We’re not mascots and its time for the ‘R’ word to go,” Glass said.

10/28/2014

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What Is Biochar Gardening?

The mayor of Minneapolis and the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux signed an agreement Tuesday that promotes the use of biochar. Jim Doten, Minneapolis’ environmental services’ supervisor, says it’s a product similar to cooking charcoal that’s used for gardening.

09/02/2014

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Keidel: Hail On The Redskins

Uncle Sam dipped his beak in the NFL waters this week, making a statement about football’s most controversial franchise

06/20/2014

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Minneapolis Council Votes To Rename Columbus Day

It’s been debated for years, but now the city of Minneapolis is looking at legally renaming Columbus Day. It’s been a federal holiday since 1937, though not all states observe it.

04/25/2014

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The National Congress of American Indians wanted to air this ad during the Super Bowl but was denied.

02/03/2014

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Hundreds March In Protest Of Redskins ‘Racist’ Name

American Indian activists and others plan to demonstrate against the Washington Redskins’ nickname ahead of the team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night. The groups plan to march to the Metrodome for a rally.

11/07/2013

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Lacrosse Unites Fond Du Lac Band’s Youth, MN Swarm & The Nat’l Guard

The Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa joined forces with the Minnesota National Guard and the Minnesota Swarm this week to bring the game of lacrosse to young people. Lacrosse, a sport of Native American origin, is growing in popularity in high schools around the country.

07/27/2013

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Quirk In Health Law May Affect Some Native Americans In Minn.

A wrinkle in the federal Affordable Care Act that could affect tens of thousands of people who consider themselves Native Americans nationwide isn’t expected to hit many in Minnesota.

05/15/2013

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Hundreds Attend Native American Protest At MOA

The group Idle No More held a major gathering early Saturday evening at the Mall of America. Idle is a protest movement focusing on the rights and interests of the First Nations peoples of Canada and Native Americans.

12/29/2012

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Dakota Men Hanged In 1862 To Be Honored In Mankato

About 150 Native Americans are expected in Mankato to honor the 38 Dakota men who were hanged in 1862.

12/26/2012

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Minn. Tribes To Ban Wolf Hunting On Reservations

The Tribal Councils of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have decided not to open their land to wolf hunting during the State season which begins November 3.

10/27/2012

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Dayton Commemorates US-Dakota War Of 1862

Gov. Mark Dayton is proclaiming Friday a Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation in Minnesota to mark the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Dakota-War of 1862.

08/16/2012

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Minn. Art Exhibit Explores U.S.-Dakota War

A Minneapolis art gallery is opening an exhibit by Native American artists reflecting on the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

07/28/2012

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Tribes Want Federal Regulation Of Internet Gaming

With some states readying to start online gambling, Native American tribal leaders are calling on the federal government to step in as it did with brick-and-mortar gambling and establish regulations that ensure tribes get a piece of the action without having their revenue taxed and their sovereignty compromised.

07/26/2012

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Crunch Time For Minnesota Pow-Wows

Summertime is pow-wow season bringing traditions to life. American Indian dancers, drummers and vendors usually travel from pow-wow to pow-wow across the country. Right now it’s crunch time for Minnesota pow-wows.

06/15/2012

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6 Plead Not Guilty In ‘Native Mob’ Indictment

Six individuals indicted for alleged connections with organized crime have pleaded not guilty to charges filed against them.

01/27/2012

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DOJ Indicts 24 Alleged Members Of ‘Native Mob’

An indictment was unsealed by the U.S. Department of Justice, alleging an extensive crime ring connected with a number of Minnesotans.

01/25/2012

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Mdewakanton Sioux Make $755K In Education Donations

An American Indian community is reaching out to help support education.

11/29/2011

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