The Leech Lake Reservation Local Indian Councils decided on Monday against excluding or banishing a tribal member. Wakinyon Wakan McArthur, 27, who was incarcerated in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, was placed on supervised release Monday. McArthur, an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, served his sentence beginning Jan. 6, 1999, on conviction for second-degree murder in Hennepin County. He killed an acquaintance, Jerome Peake, 21, outside a Minneapolis house frequented by the Native Mob.
Red Lake Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain Jr. has formally requested a recount of the May 17 tribal election results. Questions and concerns from people around the nation have risen regarding the unavailability of absentee ballots nationwide. The incorrect time schedule announced at the Minneapolis Indian Center and the insufficient number of ballots available at the Minneapolis Indian Center are also concerns.
Bipartisan efforts allowed the Minnesota Legislature to pass a bonding bill and complete the 2006 session on time. "The 2006 legislative session set a more civil tone, which was very important for us in Minnesota," said House Minority Leader Rep. Matt Entenza, DFL-St. Paul, comparing this year's session with recent years. He added that the legislators could be "disagreeing without being disagreeable." Rep. Brita Sailer, DFL-Park Rapids, agreed.
Wetlands filter runoff into lakes, streams and groundwater, stabilize lake levels and provide wildlife habitat and fish nurseries. But Minnesota's wetlands are rapidly disappearing due to development. Some of the drainage and filling is permitted, but much is in violation of the Wetland Conservation Act. On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources began aerial surveys of Beltrami County. DNR Conservation Officer Don Murray is piloting a GPS-equipped single-engine Scout made by the American Champion Co. of Rochester, Wis. Capt.
The Minnesota National Guard members deployed for training in October at Camp Shelby, Miss., are now on the ground in Iraq putting their training to use. On Thursday morning Minnesota time, Lt. Col. Gregg Parks held a conference call with members of the media.
Incumbent Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain Jr. and Tribal Secretary Judy Roy will face off in a run-off election for the tribal chairman position, according to unofficial results from Tuesday's primary election. Unofficially, Jourdain received 1,470 votes, or 47.4 percent, compared to Roy's 889 (28.7 percent). Former Chairman Bobby Whitefeather was third with 13 percent, and Francis "Chunky" Brun was fourth with 11 percent. The only candidate to win a position outright was incumbent Treasurer Darrell G. Seki, who received 1,501 votes, or 69.9 percent, in unofficial results.
RED LAKE -- Two years ago, the Red Lake Nation College opened to students offering two-year liberal arts and technical education degrees grounded in Anishinaabe language and culture. On Tuesday, with the heartbeat of honor songs echoing through the Red Lake Humanities Center, the first eight graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas from Red Lake Nation College Board Chairman Eugene Stillday. In addition, Larry Stillday, board vice chairman and spiritual advisor, presented each graduate with an eagle feather.
The Bemidji City Council will hold a first reading Monday of six potential additions to the City Charter. The City Council will meet first as a Board of Review at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 317 Fourth St. N.W.
Canoes, horses, automobiles, sleighs, trains and planes -- the new "Paddle, Ride or Fly" exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center celebrates modes of transportation. "We've partnered with a lot of people on the project," said Wanda Hoyum, History Center director. The exhibit will open with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, continuing with regular hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The 2006 fishing season opening day will weed out the fair-weather anglers from the die-hards. "It's going to be in the mid-30s, looks like," said Jensen Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. "There's going to be some showers and even a snowflake or two. We're hoping to get the temperature up into the 40s." Slicker weather, but at least the wind won't be too rough.