The White Earth Indian Reservation, covering more than 1,000 square miles, has two or three grocery stores. In Mahnomen County, 35 percent of the population has low access to a store, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But every Thursday during the summer, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., growers and canners gather underneath the market’s picnic-shelter awning to sell fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as items like low- or no-sugar jellies.
After four years of searching and searching, Pete Fairbanks is finally satisfied with his White Earth Hall of Honor project. “Some of these guys I researched for so long, I felt I knew them,” he said. The guys he’s referring to are the men, and one woman, from White Earth Reservation who died in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
In the 4-2 decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed two earlier orders granting the White Earth Band of Ojibwe permission to handle within trial court the adoption of an Indian child whose parents' rights were terminated.
The White Earth Tribal Court denied motions made by Angelo Medure and his alter ego Gaming World International (GWI) for a new trial clearing the way for the people of White Earth to recover on a nearly $20 million judgment against Medure and Gaming World International.
The White Earth Band of Chippewa won an $18 million Tribal Court judgment against a Pennsylvania-based gambling company that conspired with former Chairman Darrell (Chip) Wadena to steal profits from Shooting Star Casino.
Updated: 10:15 p.m.
An elderly couple found shot to death early Friday in their rural Mahnomen County, Minn., home appear to have been random victims.
Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said there is no known connection between the victims and a suspect who was in custody.
The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians will receive $300,000 from the Office on Violence Against Women for a tribal sexual assault services program. The White Earth Band will receive about $2.3 million in three grants.
Protesters who are pushing for the removal of White Earth (Minn.) Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor clashed with tribal police officers, according to a Facebook page dedicated to replacing the current government.
The Shooting Star Casino general manager is no longer on the job and is not expected to return, according to several tribal sources.
White Earth Tribal Council members declined to comment on their decision to remove Eugene “Bugger” McArthur and said he has been asked to take a leave of absence since June 14.
Leech Lake tribal chair calls off meeting with state, saying he wants to develop common approach with White Earth band first Leech Lake and White Earth Ojibwe bands want to co-manage all northern Minnesota resources with the state of Minnesota, asserting treaty rights allowing that.
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