Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or email@example.com
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BLACKDUCK—Blackduck Public School went into a "soft" lockdown Thursday after a parent was escorted from the combined secondary and and elementary school building. Blackduck Superintendent Mark Lundin told the Pioneer that the lockdown—which consisted of locking the school's doors and keeping students in their classrooms—happened when a parent arrived at the school and asked to see one of his children.
ED LAKE—Beltrami County Commissioner Tim Sumner announced Thursday that he will run for Red Lake tribal secretary. Sumner, who began to his second term as a District 4 representative in 2017, said he would give up his position as county commissioner if elected. He filed to run for the Red Lake office Thursday, but has been thinking about doing so for three or four months. "I've been thinking about it for quite some time but actually filed this morning, made the decision," Sumner told the Pioneer Thursday.
RED LAKE—Red Lake police do not suspect foul play in the death of a woman found on the reservation Monday. Public Safety Director Bill Brunelle confirmed Thursday that Amy Dow's family members found her body in the area of Big Obaashing Road. Both Dow's family and law enforcement had searched the area after she was first reported missing, Brunelle said, but recent warm weather and snow melt may have revealed her body. Dow was last seen leaving her home in Ponemah in late January. Her family began searching for her Feb. 3.
RED LAKE -- The Red Lake Tribal Council voted Tuesday to remove Enbridge-owned oil pipelines from its land. The unanimous vote came two months after the council agreed to rescind a resolution accepting a land swap agreement with the Canadian energy company. That Jan. 9 vote paved the way for Tuesday’s action, according to Red Lake Representative Robert Smith.
BEMIDJI -- Before Tantoo Cardinal left her childhood home near Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, to attend high school, she spent her time taking in the nature around her. “I could walk in the bush behind my grandmother and know that there's a whole world out there that's connected to sound and the wind and energy,” Cardinal said Tuesday in an interview with the Pioneer. “That's where I learned how to act, is from walking behind my grandmother.”
BEMIDJI -- Local indigenous activists hope to take on racism and discrimination through a new Bemidji chapter of the American Indian Movement. Curt Buckanaga, the chapter’s cofounder, has high hopes for the group and hopes it can bring about change where other efforts have failed. Buckanaga wants to take on inequities in Bemidji’s housing, business and criminal justice systems in a targeted, effective and “cerebral” way; and he wants to start now.
RED LAKE -- Forman Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd “Buck” Jourdain announced Wednesday that he plans to run for re-election, four years after current chairman Darrell Seki, Sr. ousted him. Jourdain told the Pioneer that he decided to run about a year ago after observing what he sees as missteps by the current administration and talking with tribal members. Seki defeated Jourdain 1,907 to 1,284 votes in the 2014 election.
LEECH LAKE—Leech Lake's longtime secretary/treasurer Arthur "Archie" LaRose announced Friday that he is running for reelection. In a news release announcing his candidacy, LaRose wrote that he has made more than 1,000 home visits to Leech Lake band members, and that he has "many more" scheduled for March. "I have always relied on face-to-face meetings with people in their homes to get my message across and hear their concerns," he said in the release. "I have enjoyed widespread support from our community throughout much of my political career."
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man was charged with a felony Monday after he allegedly stabbed another man in the hand. According to a criminal complaint: Beltrami County deputies were called to the 1100 block of Augusta Drive Northeast at about 3:22 a.m. Saturday. The victim, referred to in the complaint as D.C., told deputies that he had woken up to the sound of Lewis Edward Barney, 47, arguing with a woman.
RED LAKE -- Eight months after a rash of opioid overdoses prompted the Red Lake Tribal Council to declare that the reservation was in a state of emergency, band members and public health officials gathered to address the crisis. Though the organizers of Red Lake’s annual Community Wellness Summit just recently expanded the scope of the event -- formerly the Drug and Gang Summit -- this year’s three-day gathering circled back to its namesake topic.