Native activists charged in treaty rights case

All going according to plan. In the Brainerd Dispatch, Zach Kayser follows up on the case of the American Indian activists who are challenging the Minnesota DNR: “Authorities charged American Indian treaty rights activists late last month in connection to a protest last summer, giving them a pathway through the court case to assert their purported right to harvest on ceded territory. … In documents filed Dec. 30, three men and one woman were charged by the Crow Wing County Attorney’s office in relation to a protest on Gull Lake and Hole-in-the-Day Lake on Aug. 28. The protest intended to claim modern-day gathering rights in territory the Anishinaabe ceded to the U.S. government in the 1800s, on the grounds those rights were granted to the Indians through treaties.” 

Another win for divided government. The Pioneer Press’ David Montgomery makes note of some delightful Minnesotanness: “Last year, Minnesota adopted a Republican-sponsored provision requiring the Minnesota Department of Human Services to ask for a waiver from some of the rules in the federal Affordable Care Act. … This week, the department complied with that law by releasing a draft version of the letter to lawmakers on the MNsure oversight committee. … The one-page letter signed by new commissioner Emily Johnson Piper is a masterpiece of Minnesota passive-aggressiveness.”

A tough situation. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh gets another side of the story of the Minneapolis student who allegedly attacked her principal: “The mother of an 18-year-old Minneapolis student vigorously defended her daughter after the teen was charged with repeatedly punching in the face and giving a concussion to the principal of Harrison Education Center, a high school in north Minneapolis for kids with severe behavioral or emotional disorders. … Melody Dunigan said Thursday that it was Principal Monica Fabre who provoked her daughter, Lashawnte Bright, during the Dec. 7 confrontation that has kept the educator from returning to work. … Dunigan said the principal grabbed her daughter’s coat and purse while ordering her out of the school.”

For a historical perspective on the enduring rivalry between Minneapolis and St. Paul, here’s City Pages’ Cory Zurowski: “St. Paul and Minneapolis never melded into one giant city for a simple reason: Theirs was a relationship was built on a foundation of contempt. … In the beginning, it was Minneapolis that tried to cuddle up to its older sibling across the river, according to Dr. Mary WIngerd, history professor at St. Cloud State and author of Claiming the City: Politics, Faith and the Power of Place in St. Paul.’ … Four years before the Civil War, an economic bubble — much like 2008’s collapse — gutted St. Paul’s economy. Virtually overnight, wealthy land speculators, who had helped to drive the city’s prosperity, turned paupers. Meanwhile, Minneapolis, was better positioned to survive the crisis and emerge from it prepped to thrive.”

In other news…

Incidentally, “Illicit Discharge of Material” is also the name of our new band: “A pump malfunction at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Faribault resulted in the illicit discharge of material into the Cannon River last week.” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

The Glean

If it’s about Best Buy, you know it’s going to be bad news: “Best Buy reports weak holiday shopping results, outlook” [AP via MPR]

If there’s a silver lining to the Vikings’ crushing defeat last Sunday, it’s this: “Vikings kicker Blair Walsh tells 1st-graders he’ll ‘cherish’ their cards forever” [Star Tribune]

Just going to leave this headline here for your enjoyment: “Twin Cities company urns a final gig with Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister” [Star Tribune]

Oscar noms! Congrats to Minnesotan Pete Docter for his Best Screenplay nomination for “Inside Out” (which is also up for best Animated Feature Film). [LA Tribune]


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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Bill Willy on 01/14/2016 - 02:41 pm.

    First class waiver letter

    Republicans should love it: Simple, direct, efficient, free of almost all of the standard and wasteful bureaucratic mumbo jumbo they’re always railing against (see Hawaii’s 40-page antithesis).

    Commissioner Piper is deserving of the credit and praise they will be sending her way, no doubt.

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