Red Lake man convicted of aggravated sexual abuse

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – A Red Lake man is found guilty of sex crimes in federal court. Thirty-eight-year-old Descart Austin Begay, Junior is convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual abuse and two counts of sexual abuse. Begay raped and sexually assaulted a victim in her home until she was able to break free and escape. Categories: Crime, Local News, Minnesota…

Red Lake Police make major Fentanyl bust

They found over 1/2 pound of Fentanyl and nearly two ounces of Methamphetamine along with $2,413.00 in cash.

RED LAKE, MN (KVRR) – The Red Lake Police Department Narcotics Unit, with assistance, made a large Fentanyl bust on Wednesday. With assistance by Patrol, Conservation and Investigation units they served a search warrant in the West End area of Red lake. They found over 1/2 pound of Fentanyl and nearly two ounces of Methamphetamine along with $2,413.00 in cash….

White Earth Nation Creates Tribal Gaming Commission

WHITE EARTH NATION – The White Earth Reservation Business Committee unanimously approves a new gaming ordinance. It makes the Tribal Gaming Commission separate from tribal government. The group’s goal is to regulate licensed gaming operations within the tribe. The commission will have five members appointed by the Tribal Council. White Earth Secretary Treasurer Alan Roy says it will provide a…

UPDATE: Red Lake Man’s Death Ruled a Homicide

Dillon SayersRED LAKE, MINN. – Red Lake Police say they’re looking for suspects in the homicide of 26-year-old Dillon Sayers. “People directly responsible for Sayers’ death and any others who may have assisted and/or concealed information will be considered equally responsible and charged accordingly,” the Red Lake Department of Public Safety said in a press release. Sayers was last seen…

Suspects Plead Guilty in Carla Yellowbird Murder

2016 Robbery Turned Murder on Spirit Lake Reservation

SPIRIT LAKE RESERVATION — Suspects in the murder of 27-year-old Carla Yellowbird plead guilty to murder and robbery charges. 21-year-old Daylin St. Pierre pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and Felony Murder. 24-year-old Dakota Charboneau pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder. In 2016, Yellowbird went to Spirit Lake to sell drugs. After being driven to a remote location on…

Another Tribal Effort To Stop New Voter ID Law Is Rejected

Tribal leaders argue that street addresses are not always assigned on reservations

Mark Ruffalo & Billy Ray Cyrus in Belcourt, North DakotaBISMARCK, N.D. — A U.S. District Court judge has denied a motion for a temporary restraining order of North Dakota’s new voter ID law. Attorneys representing the Spirit Lake Tribe and six individual plaintiffs had requested the motion. They are suing the state over the election law which states a voter must…

Non-Tribal Cabin Owners Forced from Leech Lake Properties

Leaders want to reclaim the land to address the reservation's homelessness problem

  LEECH LAKE, Minn, — Some cabin owners are being forced from Leech Lake in northern Minnesota. Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has decided not to renew nearly 350 waterfront lot leases, meaning non-tribal cabin owners will have to vacate their cabins. Leaders want to reclaim the land to address the reservation’s homelessness problem. Nearly 75 cabin owners will have…

Nebraska Supreme Court Upholds Decision on Not Renewing Liquor Licenses of Whiteclay

The court is upholding the state regulators decision to not renew the liquor licenses of those stores

  PINE RIDGE, SD — The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected the request to resume beer sales in Whiteclay, a small village near the Pine Ridge Reservation. Alcohol is banned on the reservation, but at least four liquor stores in Whiteclay, which has nine residents, allowed for a hangout where people tended to drink and allegedly get out of hand….

Archambault Says He’ll be an Advocate, Despite Being Voted Out of Office

Faith says he's not sure how big of an issue that was in the campaign

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — The Standing Rock Sioux chairman has been voted out of office. Dave Archambault got 37 percent of the vote in Wednesday’s tribal election and Mike Faith got 63 percent. Archambault conceded defeat saying he’ll “continue to advocate for the issues facing our community.” His call earlier this year for large-scale Dakota Access pipeline protest camps…

Pine Ridge Woman Arrested After Allegedly Stealing Patrol Car Rifle, Firing at Officers

Authorities say the woman, identified as Connie Wilson, was handcuffed in the back seat of a patrol car

  PINE RIDGE, SD — A Pine Ridge woman is facing assault charges after she grabbed a rifle in the back of a police car and allegedly tried to shoot at officers. Authorities say the woman, identified as Connie Wilson, was handcuffed in the back seat of a patrol car. Officers say she was being detained while responding to a…