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White Earth passes $16 minimum wage

The White Earth Reservation Business Council passed a $16 per hour minimum wage for workers on the White Earth Nation. This encompasses gaming, White Earth-owned commercial entities and within tribal government. According to Secretary Alan Roy, the hundreds of affected workers can expect the change to take effect on March 26. “In many respects, White…

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Tribes criticize Stauber’s letter urging colleagues to block Haaland nomination

Featured photo from left: Rep. Debra Haaland, of New Mexico’s First Congressional District, and Rep. Pete Stauber, of Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District.  Northeast Minnesota tribes are criticizing Minnesota’s Eighth District Representative Pete Stauber for a letter he wrote urging his colleagues to block Representative Debra Haaland’s nomination as the incoming Interior secretary. The Department of…

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Red Lake man indicted for murder

A Red Lake man was indicted for murder in the federal courts. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 36-year-old Ralph Edward Cloud, Jr., is accused of killing someone on the Red Lake Reservation last September. The Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force is conducting the investigation. No information was…

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MDH updates guidelines on COVID vaccine rollout

Featured photo: First vaccines administered at Sanford Bemidji. The Minnesota Department of Health issued new guidelines on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. “We are approaching the end of our earliest stages of the vaccine rollout, and we want to make sure all vaccines in the state are getting into arms as quickly as possible,” MDH Commissioner…

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Line 3 protesters lock down inside pipeline

Photo credit: Giniw Collective Two self-proclaimed water protectors reportedly locked themselves to each other inside a Line 3 pipe segment Thursday morning near Backus. According to a release, the action was meant to halt work on the project. The Court of Appeals has yet to rule on tribally-led lawsuits concerning the project. The protesters expressed…

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