NATIVE AMERICAN

North Dakota, Tribes Reach Settlement Over Voter ID Lawsuit

The proposed federal consent decree was announced Thursday.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota has reached a proposed settlement with American Indians who sued over the state’s voter ID laws. The proposed federal consent decree announced jointly Thursday by tribal lawyers and the state comes after a federal judge ruled tribes have a right to challenge the state’s requirement that voters have ID with a verified street address. Native Americans have…

Gov. Burgum Adopts Rules for Tribal Voter Identification

A public hearing and public comment period will be held.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Governor Doug Burgum officially adopted Secretary of State Al Jaeger’s emergency rules related to tribal ID’s for Native American voters on Wednesday. The new rules will allow the state to incorporate the use of tribal ID’s for Native American voters into the statewide electronic pollbook project that was implemented in 2019. The rules address the documentation that constitutes a…

Moorhead celebrates first-ever Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The city passed a resolution in July to mark it an official holiday

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The city of Moorhead celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day as an official holiday for the first time. The city council passed a resolution in July to mark the second Monday of every October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Moorhead Mayor Jonathan Judd says this is a celebration that “knows no geographical boundaries.” Events throughout the day like a prayer…

Panel on ND’S Indigenous Communities Brings Up Themes of Unhealed Trauma, Systemic Oppression

This is the first panel on indigenous communities hosted by the Northern Plains Ethics Institute

FARGO, N.D. — The Northern Plains Ethics Institute hosted a panel on ethical issues in North Dakota’s Indigenous communities on Thursday. Unhealed trauma, trust, and systemic oppression were some of the themes panelists brought up when asked about the most important issues affecting the indigenous community. “I’m shocked that people are surprised at the conditions in Native communities. Why are you surprised,…

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” A Film About Native American Life, Opens at West Acres Cinema

It's adapted from a novel by Minnesota author Kent Nerburn

FARGO, N.D. — A movie adapted from a novel by Minnesota author Kent Nerburn opens at West Acres Cinema. The film Neither Wolf Nor Dog tells the story of a white author who gets sucked into the world of contemporary Native American life by a 95–year old Lakota elder. The movie has been in two hundred theaters across the U.S. and…

Students Learn Traditions at Native American Youth Leadership Day

They're making medicine bags and learning about Native American culture

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Students at Community High School in West Fargo are getting a unique opportunity to learn skills from Native Americans. More than 40 students in sixth through eighth grade are participating in Native American Youth Leadership Day. The students are learning Native American practices such as making medicine bags. Event organizers say they want these kids to learn a…

Plains Art Museum Hosts Native American Arts and Crafts Festival

There was art of all mediums ranging from jewelry to painting to pottery

FARGO, N.D. — The Plains Art Museum is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with a festival dedicated to Native arts and crafts. Artists from the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin were there to show and sell their work. There was art of all mediums ranging from jewelry to painting to pottery. Artists applied to the festival by showing their original work, and…

Judge Rules Six Who Challenged ND Voter’s Law May Cast Ballots

The law requires voters to show ID with a residential street address, a provision American Indians say is not always evident on reservations.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ A judge says six Native Americans who challenged North Dakota’s voter identification law will be allowed to cast their ballots. The Bismarck Tribune reports that U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland signed an order Friday adopting the agreement, one day after he denied an emergency motion by the Spirit Lake tribe asking to block the state’s voter…

Former U.S. Attorney For ND Says Voters’ Address Issues Continue With Central Voter File

BISMARCK, N.D. – Amid issues that North Dakotans won’t be able to vote if they don’t have an address on their ID, Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger says “every voter will be given a ballot.” However, he has not said every ballot will be accepted. Native American tribes failed with legal challenges to the law. They argue many people on…

“The Heartbeat of Mother Earth”: The Pipekeepers Perform Powwow Drumming

They taught the community about the significance of drumming in Native American culture

MOORHEAD, Minn. — It’s more than just a drumbeat… it’s considered the heartbeat of Mother Earth. A group of Native Americans called The Pipekeepers taught people at the Moorhead Library about powwow drumming and why it’s so important in Native American culture. “It’s a reflection of your own heartbeat and the heartbeat of all the living things here on earth,” Rona…