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White Earth Nation receives $1.25 million for Boys & Girls Clubs

WHITE EARTH, Minn. (KVRR-KDLM) – Author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has donated $1.25 million to the White Earth Nation Boys  & Girls Clubs. The gift is part of a larger $281 million donation to 62 local Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation. “Today young people face an unprecedented number of obstacles to their success and well-being,” according to White…

Mahnomen County Is A Leader In COVID-19 Vaccinations

MAHNOMEN CO., Minn. — Mahnomen County is vaccinating at rates that far surpass most other counties in Minnesota. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that as of this past week, 85 percent of people 65 and older in the county have been vaccinated. Public health leaders at White Earth Nation and Mahnomen County credit that high vaccination rate to close collaboration…

Fairbanks To Be Sworn In As White Earth Nation Chairman On Friday

He defeated Brent Gish in a special election last week to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Chairman Terry Tibbetts

MAHNOMEN, Minn. — White Earth Nation will swear in its new chairman on Friday. Michael Fairbanks will become the leader of the largest tribe in Minnesota. He defeated Brent Gish in a special election last week to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Chairman Terry Tibbetts. He was elected in 2016 and passed away this past March…

Tribal Overpayments Take Center Stage At State Senate Hearing In St. Paul

$25 million was overpaid to the White Earth Nation and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

      ST. PAUL, Minn. — A state senate hearing on turmoil at the Department of Human Services in Minnesota turns to talk of overpayments. $25 million was overpaid to the White Earth Nation and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The money was paid for substance abuse therapy treatments covered under Medicaid over five years. Sen. Michelle Benson chairs…

DHS Overpaid White Earth Nation $11 Million, Also Overpaid Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

The money was paid out for substance abuse therapy treatments covered under Medicaid over five years

ST. PAUL, MN — Gov. Tim Walz confirming that the Minnesota Department of Human Services overpaid White Earth Nation and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe over $25 million. The money was paid out for substance abuse therapy treatments covered under Medicaid over five years. Walz says his administration uncovered the issue when he took office back in January. A spokesman…

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Exonerates Chairman, Censures Secretary Treasurer

there were tense moments during the meeting when the results came out

MAHNOMEN, Minn. — People started yelling profane things to members of the White Earth Reservation executive committee at a meeting. They were up in arms over the exoneration of the committee’s chairman Terry Tibbetts and the censure of its secretary-treasurer Tara Mason. “It got a little feisty. People that are siding with her weren’t very happy so you know there’s…

Chairman Calls For Censure Of White Earth Nation Secretary-Treasurer

Tara Mason Has 45 Days To Prepare Response

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Chairman wants to censure the Secretary-Treasurer. Chairman Terry Tibbetts made the motion on Thursday during the Tribal Executive Committee meeting. Tibbets accuses Tara Mason of five counts of tribal constitution violations including her dealings with the controversial Star Lake casino project, tribal courts and others. Mason has 45 days to prepare a response. A…

Final Decision on Star Lake Casino Project Hits Snag

County leaders also want more time to sort through public comments gathered on June 15

  OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — Otter Tail County leaders have decided to delay a final decision on the proposed Star Lake Casino project. A county commission vote on the project was expected however both the engineering firm in charge of designing the project and the White Earth Nation have requested more time to iron out final project details. County…

Star Lake Casino Project: Environment is Major Concern Among Opposition

A public hearing begins at 7 on the Star Lake Resort and Casino proposed by the White Earth Nation

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — People will soon be packing the Pelican Rapids High School auditorium for a public hearing on a controversial casino project. A public hearing begins at 7 on the Star Lake Resort and Casino proposed by the White Earth Nation. KVRR’s Jason Cerjak joins us live with a preview. JASON CERJAK: I’m here at Pelican Rapids High…