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.
Hennepin County Attorney: Billy Glaze Should Not Get A New TrialThe 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.
March And Rally Seek To End Use Of ‘Redskins’ NameThe 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.
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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.