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Jan. 18, 2010
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Jan. 17, 2010
The Red Lake Nation’s new Seven Clans Casino located 23 miles north of Bemidji on Highway 89 has been a great success story since the project opened.
Our employees take pride in the facility and strive to provide the best customer service for all our visiting guests. In fact, our approach to customer service is to take care of any concern on the spot.
The vast majority of what our guests are telling us is that the facility is “awesome” as they feel the “wow” effect when turning into our property and upon entering the casino. Everything from the enormous eagle sculpture as you enter the property to the rave reviews we have received in our restaurants, casino, hotel and gift shop.
Our casino floor has been updated with the latest games along with providing multiple “life-changing jackpots” that provide fun and entertainment for all.
In response to the gentleman’s comments regarding Seven Clans Casino being disappointing, rude, dysfunctional and racist seems to be a single viewpoint and does not reflect the vast majority of comments that we are receiving. I would like to extend a personal invitation to meet with Steve to address his concerns.
We are a new facility and striving to meet our guests’ expectations. If you do encounter a problem at our facility, do not hesitate to contact the manager on duty. They are available to address any guest concerns.
Raymond J. Brenny
Chief Operating Officer
Red Lake Gaming
Jan. 18, 2010
A pasting of the Dallas Cowboys before a raucous and often-deafening announced home crowd moved the Vikings within one game of the Super Bowl.
Jan. 18, 2010
Competition for students and the state aid they bring has sparked changes in districts across Minnesota.
Jan. 18, 2010
Over the next few months, the Star Tribune will take an in-depth look at the scourge of drunken driving in Minnesota, the victims it claims and the public safety questions it raises. Every year, hundreds of Minnesotans are killed or injured in crashes caused by drunken drivers. Another 35,000 are convicted of DWI. What more can be done to clear our roads of the deadly threat?
Jan. 16, 2010
When the Cass Lake-Bena and Red Lake boys basketball teams staged their rematch Friday in Cass Lake the players and coaches were greeted by a gym filled to capacity with people spilling into the entrance, half of them cheering for the home team and the other half supporting the visitors.
Based on last month’s 75-72 Red Lake victory on its home court and the talent on both squads, the fans expected another down-to-the-wire battle. And that is exactly what the teams delivered.
“I think we need to market this game as an instant classic,” said CL-B coach Dan Ninham after his players rallied for a 76-72 victory, a win which extended Cass Lake-Bena’s home winning streak to 44 games. “We were down most of the game but it came down to believing you can do it.”
The Warriors took advantage of their opportunities in the first half and, behind a trio of 3-point baskets by Matt Morrison, forged a 32-19 lead with 7:15 to play in the opening session. Red Lake maintained an advantage the remainder of the half and continued to hold a double-figure lead well into the second stanza.
But the Panthers, who had difficulty finding their shooting touch against a stubborn and persistent Warrior defense, finally caught fire both offensively and defensively.
A sticky zone defense wore down the Warriors and forced turnovers on seven consecutive Red Lake possessions. That pressure enabled Cass Lake-Bena to transform a 60-45 deficit into 62-60 lead with six minutes to play.
“I expected a back and forth game,” said Red Lake coach Roger White. “I think the difference was that some of our guys never played against Cass Lake-Bena and we didn’t know how to keep the lead. Cass Lake-Bena is a great team with a proven history, especially in this place. And their experience made a difference.”
CL-B’s dramatic run began with Ben Cameron’s bucket from the side. Caleb Fisher followed with a basket off an in-bounds pass and, following a Red Lake turnover, Martin Wind raced the length of the court and scored on a fast break. Tyler Trosen brought the home team within 60-53 with an inside power move and Wind delivered a killing blow when he drained a 3-pointer from 25 feet.
The comeback continued with Trosen’s fast-break hoop, Fisher’s inside bucket and Tristan Cloud’s underhand flip from the lane.
Red Lake used 3-pointers from Sam Kingbird and Tim Lajuenesse to forge a 68-67 lead with 2:50 to play but the Panthers answered with Trosen’s bucket and Cloud’s drive to regain control. A pair of free throws by Wind and another by Cameron with four seconds to play iced CL-B’s ninth victory in 10 outings.
“This game will make us a better team,” White said. “Our inexperience hurt us but we will learn from this.”
Sam Kingbird took scoring honors for Red Lake (8-3) with 26 points. Matt Morrision added 16 and Kevin Cook, Jr. finished with 10.
Cameron paced the Panthers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Wind had 18 points, Cloud 12 and Trosen 10. Nolan Goss grabbed 11 boards. Wind’s next opportunity to become Cass Lake-Bena’s all-time scoring leader will be Monday when the Panthers visit Deer River. He needs 15 to tie Amanda Gehrke who finished her career with 2,198 points.
CL-B 76, Red Lake 72
Red Lake: M.Kingbird 0, 0-0, 3, 0; Dow 2, 1-3, 2, 6; Lajuenesse 1, 1-2, 2, 4; Morrison 5, 3-33, 0, 16; Kook 3, 2-2, 5, 10; Holthusen 1, 0-0, 0, 2; Harris 4, 0-0, 5, 8; S.Kingbird 9, 4-9, 4, 26. Totals: 25, 11-19, 21, 72. 3-point FG: 11.
CL-B: M.Wind 4, 9-12, 3, 18; T.Cloud 6, 0-0, 1, 12; Trosen 4, 2-2, 2, 10; Hanson 0, 0-0, 0, 0; Fisher 2, 0-0, 2, 4; Cameron 10-, 3-7, 3, 23; C.Wind 1, 0-0, 1, 2; Goss 2, 3-6, 1, 7; D.Cloud 0, 0-0, 0, 0. Totals: 29, 17-27, 13, 76. 3-point FG: 1.
Halftime: Red Lake 41, CL-B 31.
Jan. 16, 2010
NEW YORK - Johnson & Johnson issued a massive recall Friday of over-the-counter drugs including Tylenol, Motrin and St. Joseph's aspirin because of a moldy smell that has made people sick.
Jan 16, 2010
The Bemidji area batted zero with Gov. Tim Pawlenty in is 2010 public works bonding bill released Friday.
None of the projects on the request list, including Bemidji State University’s Business Department renovation or a new Headwaters Science Center, made the governor’s list.
“That’s nothing — it just the start,” Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, who heads the House’s higher education panel, said in an interview Friday while he was on the BSU campus.
“Both the House and Senate will have bonding bills, and we’ll pass one of them, unless he wants to veto that too,” said Rukavina.
House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, said Thursday night in Bemidji that she wants the bonding bill to be one of the first bills out of the Legislature, hopefully within weeks after it begins Feb. 4.
Pawlenty’s bill would bond for $685 million, or $815 million when user-financed bonds, trunk highway bonds, University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities bonds, and cash amounts are included.
“We have enough work for a $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion bill,” he said,, adding that he was disappointed that the governor’s bill sets aside only 30 percent for higher education when it usually is split with 50 percent going to higher ed infrastructure.
He was also disappointed that Pawlenty set aside only $50 million for college HEAPR, or building repair and maintenance, when MnSCU asked for $110 million.
Pawlenty denied BSU’s request for $3.425 million in planning and design funds to renovate Hobson Union into a new home for the Business Department and addition. The total project approaches $20 million.
Also missing from the governor’s budget is $13 million toward a new $26 million Headwaters Science Center.
“That was expected,” Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, said Friday. “They have a good proposal but it’s not quite ready yet. I’ll be meeting with them before the session starts to develop a financial strategy – they have none now.”
Other than a promise to seek grants and the will to start a community fund drive for donations, the Headwaters Science Center has no plan in place to raise the $13 million match to the state funds.
“I want the project to get a hearing this session so the project is on everyone’s radar screen, but to get funding this year is a long shot,” Olson said.
The Republican governor also redlined a $1.992 million Beltrami County request toward a nearly $4 million jail renovation and efficiency project. It includes upgrading the jail with the latest electronics and renovating the 25-year with better and more efficient kitchen space and a video visiting center.
“We knew it would be an uphill battle,” County Administrator Tony Murphy said Friday.
Olson said a hearing has been set to hear the proposal, with Sheriff Phil Hodapp slated to testify. “It’s hard to justify this as a regional project, but we at least want a hearing on it,” she said. “We’re hoping to get some federal money, since federal prisoners are housed there when arrested.”
The governor’s bonding list also did not include $1 million for the Paul Bunyan Trail bridge over that trail for the city of Bemidji.
“It’s just tough,” Olson said. “Bemidji did well in recent years, especially now with the Bemidji Regional Event Center, and that will be hard to repeat,” Olson said. “Legislators know we got some big projects before.”
The governor also zeroed out the Red Lake School District’s request for $36.78 million request to upgrade and renovate school buildings in Red Lake.
Jan. 15, 2010
The Bemidji Pioneer publishes letters to the editor on the Opinion Page except for those that exceed the 400-word limit and those the editor knows are not factual, those that libel a person or business or make personal attacks.
However, on Wednesday’s Opinion Page, the Pioneer violated that last tenet by running a letter with a two-sentence complaint about the new Seven Clans Casino at Red Lake. The writer of the letter gave no examples to back up his accusations against the casino. But in any case, the Pioneer erred by publishing the accusations against a business.
We apologize for publishing the letter.
Jan. 15, 2010
When Martin Wind was a youngster he accompanied his father, John, as dad coached the Cass Lake Pacesetter girls basketball team. The Pacesetters were in a region with many other northern Minnesota teams and the long road trips gave all involved plenty of time to get to know each other.
Among the players on that squad was Amanda Gehrke.
“Martin grew up with Amanda and the other players on the team,” John Wind said. “The girls practically babysat him all those years. As a kid joining me with the Pacesetter team, he was able to watch Amanda play and that continued until Amanda graduated in 1998 when Martin was 7 years old.”
There was no one better to watch play the game during that era than Gehrke. She was a magician with the basketball and had the ability to take control of a game.
Gehrke’s offensive ability translated into 2,198 career points while playing for Cass Lake-Bena, a record that stands to this day.
But the record could be broken tonight when Wind leads CL-B against Red Lake in a 7:30 game at Cass Lake.
Wind, a senior, will enter tonight’s contest with 2,165 points and could overtake Gehrke before the final horn.
When it does come, the record-breaking basket will represent a culmination of years of hard work and the good fortune of playing with other talented players.
“Basketball is everything here in Cass Lake,” Martin Wind said. “There always are open gyms and other opportunities for the youth to play basketball year ’round.”
“Being the career scoring leader at Cass Lake-Bena is an extreme accomplishment,” said CL-B coach Dan Ninham. “Martin has put in the time to constantly improve his game and the environment provided by his immediate family also has been a factor. All of his big brothers and sisters were outstanding players and his dad is an outstanding coach in our program. Martin has followed their leadership.”
Wind began his journey to a potential school record as an eighth grader when he drained a 3-point basket against Barnesville in a holiday tournament at Concordia in Moorhead.
“Martin scored 34 points that year and was the first Panther to letter as an eighth grader,” Ninham recalled. “He fit in perfectly with our up-tempo style of play and he also was surrounded by talented teammates. Martin made them better and they made Martin better.”
“Martin was influenced by many accomplished players at Cass Lake-Bena and he played with many of them,” John Wind said. “But he also put in his time. Growing up, Martin would be in the yard from sunrise to sunset shooting baskets. And when he was 10 years old he said he wanted to go to the state tournament even if Cass Lake-Bena wasn’t in it because he wanted to watch the teams and see what it took to get there.”
With Wind’s help CL-B’s boys basketball has developed into one of the premiere programs in the state, and the Panthers have become well known to those who follow Minnesota high school basketball. Cass Lake-Bena is off to another strong start this year with an 8-1 record and tonight will have the opportunity to avenge its only loss of the season, a 75-72 setback last month at Red Lake. The Warriors will enter tonight’s matchup with an 8-2 record.
“Come early if you want a seat,” Ninham said of tonight’s contest. “I expect the game to set an attendance record with more than 2,000 fans.”
The friendly rivalry will pit two talented teams and both have state tournament aspirations. A year ago the teams split during the regular season and staged the rubber game in the section tournament. CL-B won that night, and that victory propelled the Panthers into another trip to the state.
This winter, however, the Warriors have been placed in the Class AA ranks while Cass Lake-Bena remains in Class A. Consequently, the teams will not meet in the post-season, so this is the final chance for each squad to claim bragging rights.
“There is motivation for each team,” Ninham said. “The bottom line is we will have to attack on both ends of the court and we will have to be ready for everything Red Lake will throw at us. But they will have to be ready as well.”
Jan. 15, 2010
Minnesota can do more to build trust with American Indian tribes, say nine Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls, starting with respect of tribal sovereignty.
The candidates talked about tribal sovereignty, American Indian gaming, the environment, health care and more before about 150 people in traditional native circles on Thursday night in an American Indian issues forum on the Bemidji State University campus.
Senate Taxes Committee Chairman Tom Bakk of Cook cut to the chase with his opening remarks:
“If I am governor, the state is not going to expand gaming in Minnesota,” he said to a round of applause. “I have seen the tremendous benefit that gaming has brought to the Bois Forte Band, and Indian Country where I live is different today and more prosperous and has more opportunity than when I grew up.”
The state doesn’t belong in the gaming business, said Bakk, referring to several Republican efforts in recent years to create “racinos” or video gambling in bars.
Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton spoke more of party politics and recalled a 1982 Bemidji House race in which the endorsed candidate, Larry Kitto, an American Indian, was challenged. At the time, Dayton was running for U.S. Senate.
Kitto “earned the right to be elected and he was challenged by a white man … and the DFL candidate for governor and the DFL candidate for lieutenant governor refused to be seen photographed or appear with Larry in that race, because of the racism that existed,” said Dayton. “Two of us stood with Larry and went to events, stood with him all the way — our state auditor candidate Paul Wellstone and the other was myself.”
Dayton added that “in the same way, I will stand with those who are elected as the sovereign leaders of sovereign nations, your tribal leaders, and work with you as co-equal heads of state on behalf of the issues that affect all Minnesotans.”
The venue included Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza, former Sen. Steve Kelley, Sen. John Marty, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Rep. Tom Rukavina and Rep. Paul Thissen.
Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner was the lone missing Democrat, while no Republicans showed even though organizers say they were as well invited.
They each made opening statements and then rotated from circle to circle, each one having a specific issue question to ask the candidates.
“As your governor, I will work with you, and work with the heads of government on a government-to-government relationship on equal terms,” said Kelliher, who touted her efforts on bills to fund Ojibwe and Dakota language preservation.
Kelliher said she’s ordered an “Indian Law 101” program each year for legislators, now in its fourth year. “We’ve expanded the debate from just gaming, which has brought incredible prosperity to our state … to other issues.”
Those issues include protecting the genetic purity of natural wild rice and the native language preservation. As governor, Kelliher said she would appoint a tribal member as a liaison from the governor’s office.
Rukavina said he has fostered American Indian interests for the 23 years he’s been in office, and always has an open door, “to the Indian leaders and the rank-and-file as well.”
As governor, he’d have an American Indian on his “kitchen cabinet,” he said. “You come to me anytime you want, tell me what I’m doing right, what I’m doing wrong.”
He “made sure” three years ago that state funding went to Ojibwe language programs at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Dakota language at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
“If you don’t preserve your language, you don’t to me have culture,” Rukavina said. He noted his grandparents homesteaded on Bois Forte Reservation land.
Rybak, too, cited a family connection as his parents ran a drug store at the corner of Franklin and Chicago avenues in Minneapolis.
“From that moment to the moment I became a mayor of the city of Minneapolis, with the largest American Indian population of any city in the country, I’ve been equally involved in all of these issues,” Rybak said. “One of the greatest things about being governor of Minnesota is that you have the ability to have partnerships with incredible Indian communities.”
There are disparity issues that must be attacked by the next governor, he said, but “there are more important opportunities with the fact that this state has never celebrated the Indian communities that are so much about who we are.”
Entenza said that as a young lawyer, he represented American Indian spearfishers in Wisconsin during the volatile expansion of fishing under treaty rights in the 1980s.
“I’m going to be the governor who leads for all people, because we need respect between us and plan to move the state and your nations forward to everyone’s benefit,” Entenza said. He also cited the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as saying, “We need fewer creeds and more deeds.”
When he started his campaign, Entenza said he met with tribal leaders at Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth nations.
Rebuilding Minnesota won’t be done in the State Capitol but with each other, said Thissen. “One of the most important ones is with the state and the tribes. To me, that’s focusing away from where we’ve been … and focusing more importantly on things that we share in common.”
It’s important “that we treat each other with equality,” said Marty. “Every one of us was created as a human being with dignity and deserve respect — even when we’re sick, even when we’re vulnerable, even when we’re poor.”
Everybody should have access to health care, a chance to earn a living wage, he said. Tribal sovereign governments need to be treated with respect. “That’s the way we start, and then we can work on a joint agenda.”
Billed as the first-ever statewide American Indian issues gubernatorial forum, the event was sponsored by Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union-Minnesota’s Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Program, Wellstone Action Fund’s Native American Leadership Program and TakeAction Minnesota/The ReNEW Minnesota Campaign.
The event, held at the American Indian Resource Center on campus, was preceded by an Indian taco supper.
Jan. 17, 2010
WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services has released a series of public service announcements meant to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to get the H1N1 flu vaccine.
Jan. 17, 2010
THERMAL — Beneath the surface of rampant poverty and joblessness on one of California's poorest American Indian reservations is nearly a decade of mismanagement and misuse of millions in taxpayer dollars meant for those needing the money most, federal and state documents show.
Jan. 17, 2010
A lack of financial accountability, questionable spending and findings of misuse of taxpayer dollars have plagued the country's second highest-funded welfare program for Native Americans since 2001, government documents show.
Jan. 17, 2010
Soboba Tribal leader Robert Salgado, who had been the face of the tribe near San Jacinto for decades, was hospitalized today in intensive care for an undisclosed illness.
Jan. 17, 2010
Phoenix » An oversight board voted unanimously Friday to close 13 of Arizona's state parks in response to budget cuts, leaving two-thirds of the parks out of operation in the most aggressive cuts to such facilities in the nation.
Jan. 17, 2010
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) - The new Lumbee Tribal chairman has promised to pursue full, official recognition from the federal government.
Jan. 15, 2010
WASHINGTON – Elouise Cobell; Joe Medicine Crow; Larry EchoHawk. While there’s no doubt that individual Indians made strong strides in a variety of fields in 2009, that’s really nothing new. Every year, Native folks chip away, making a difference – often receiving little recognition, few rewards, and all too often, the promise of bigger headaches in the future.
Jan. 15, 2010
Let’s celebrate the New Year with some ideas about food and health. Specifically, let’s look at diabetes research that sheds new light on the power of food to help, sometimes in surprising ways. Having diabetes in your family does not mean that everyone in the family needs to get it, and having it does not need to mean that complications such as amputations or kidney disease have to follow. And, treatment of diabetes does not have to mean swallowing a big cup of pills or taking shots of insulin. There is hope, and it can be found in the foods on our plates.
Jan. 15, 2010
PIERRE, S.D. – A settlement in a lawsuit will require the federal government to pay $650,000 in damages to an Oglala Sioux woman who was sexually assaulted by a U.S. Army recruiter, the woman’s lawyer said Jan. 7.