STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Legislative notebook: Hundreds rally for passage of gay marriage
By Danielle Killey and Don Davis
Many of the hundreds who rallied Thursday to support legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota said they think it can happen this year.
We have come this far and are t... Posted on 4/18/13 at 9:38 PM
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA NEWS UND RAIN Program to host Informational Event June 20
The Recruitment/Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN) Program will host an informational event from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Northern Plains Center for Behavioral Research.
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People who want to help American Indian victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and other crimes need to understand the deep, lingering effects of “historical trauma” suffered by Indians generally, a victim advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation told participants in a conference in Grand Forks on Wednesday.
Marv Hanson has worn many hats in his lifetime. But a constant theme runs through his past: a desire to help his fellow American Indians.
Born in Red Lake, Hanson will continue that work when he opens the Marvelous Fish House and Market in the former El Mariachi building next month.
American Indians are often a forgotten population in Washington, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday. Heitkamp, D.-N.D., told members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation she is working to elevate issues from reservations, with a particular focus on addressing the housing crisis.
Friday was the deadline for American Indians to apply for their share of the second installment of the Cobell settlement with the federal government, a $3.4 billion redress of faulty U.S. handling of Indian lands and money over many years.
“I’m proud to report the state of our nation is good,” Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. said in his annual State of the Band address Friday. But, he said unemployment, historical injustices and the federal sequester that would cut funding to tribes are among challenges.
Today is the deadline for American Indians to apply for their share of
the second installment of the Cobell settlement with the federal
government, a $3.4 billion redress of faulty U.S. handling of Indian
lands and money over many years.
Taxes cannot be levied on honoraria to a shaman or spiritual leader for religious services, but could be assessed on per-capita payments from gambling revenues to tribal members, under a proposal for taxing Native Americans by the Internal Revenue Service.
Means was no saint, and I continue to disagree with many of his tactics. Armed confrontation has no place in a civil society.
That said, it was these same tactics that brought the issues facing American Indians to the fore.
A hush fell over the American Indian Center at UND Friday as a soulful, keening sound emerged from the lips of Rebecca Smith, a student who is working two jobs to support three children young children. Smith's song was one of several moments highlighted during First Nations Day on campus.
Recent deaths of children at the Spirit Lake Nation have brought a spotlight on child abuse and neglect, from federal and state authorities and from the news media. Greg Gagnon, a now retired Indian studies professor, says those problems are real, but many outsiders do not appreciate the enormous hurdles tribal officials face in dealing with the problem.
Dusty J. Morsette recruited minors and young adults to be part of a gang on the Fort Berthold Reservation that he called the Black Disciples — a group recently found to engage in human trafficking. He was convicted in April of using force and coercion to recruit a young woman to become a prostitute performing sex acts on the reservation as well as in Williston and Minot.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota is honoring former American Indian Movement leader Russell Means. Means was a frequent critic of UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname and participated in a 2001 protest outside the construction site for Ralph Engelstad Arena.
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