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MARCH 2016 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: PAGE 1 The people have a voice when politicians listen, Page 8 Anishinabe Ziinzi- baakwad Season is on, pictorial, Page 11 Canada $3/U.S. $2.00 March 2016 - Vol. XXX No. 3 Obama cancels oil and gas lease on Montana land sacred to Blackfeet By MATTHEW BROWN BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) T he Obama administration during mid March canceled a disputed oil and gas lease just outside Glacier National Park, on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada. The move came after U.S. District Judge Richard Leon criticized the fovernment over its decades-long delay in addressing the matter. He accused the government of trying to run out the clock on a lawsuit from Solenex LLC, a Louisiana company that wants to drill for oil and gas on the 6,200-acre site. Leon now will decide if the companys arguments were valid and the lease should be reinstated. Left unresolved was the fate of 17 remaining leases in northwest Montanas Badger-Two Medicine area, site of the Blackfoot creation story. Blackfoot leaders say the leases were illegally issued in 1982. Government attorneys said the Solenex lease was improperly sold, in part because an environmental study on drilling did not consider its effect on the tribes. Todays action honors Badger- Two-Medicines rich cultural and natural News From Indian Country 8558N County Road K Hayward, WI 54843-5800 By NICHOLAS RICCARDI PHOENIX (AP) B ernie Sanders ventured to the north- ern reaches of Arizona on March 17th, far away from the southern metropolises that house most of the states voters but onto the land of a key voting bloc for the March 22nd Democratic pri- mary - Native Americans. Sanders spoke before an overflow crowd of thousands at a casino owned by the Navajo Nation outside the college town of Flagstaff. Dignitaries from the tribe told the crowd that Sanders was the first pres- idential candidate to visit their land, and the Vermont Senator took the unusual step of altering his stump speech to talk widely about Native American concerns. The Native American people have been lied to, they have been cheated, and negotiated treaties have been broken, Sanders said to cheers. We owe the Native American community so much. Native Americans comprise only 3 percent of Arizonas population but they are a larger share of the states Democratic electorate. Sanders is hoping to pull off an upset and win the states primary, which would be a crucial victory as the primary contest shifts toward Western states that he sees as friendlier terrain for his campaign. Many of those upcoming states in- clude influential Native American voting Sanders works to inspire Native voters See Obama cancels, Page 5 Lee Juan Taylor, vice chair of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, speaks at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Friday, March 18, 2016. AP Photo/Kimberlee Kruesi blocs, like Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota. At the Navajo casino, Sanders rattled off a series of horrifying statistics about the dire plight of Native Americans - one in three Native women will be either raped or have to fight off an attempted rape in their lifetimes. Suicide is the second- leading cause of death for young Native American men. Native Americans continue to face appalling levels of inequality and system- atic injustice, Sanders said. He also touted a bill he sponsored to take land that would become part of a cop- per mine and return it to tribes that say it contains sacred sites. Sanders wife Jane visited one sacred Apache site last week in Arizona. Sanders was clearly glad to be in the West after a series of losses in the Midwest and South. We think now that we are in the West, maybe the most progressive - we think that the climate is a little bit friendlier to us, Sanders said. We think weve got a path toward victory. Minnesota Governor proposes expanded wild rice rights for Chippewa By STEVE KARNOWSKI MINNEAPOLIS (AP) G ov. Mark Daytons administration has proposed expanding the rights of tribal members to harvest wild rice throughout the state. One provision in a broader Department of Natural Resources policy bill introduced during March would allow band members who possess valid tribal identification cards to harvest wild rice without a license on state-controlled waters anywhere in Minnesota. A House committee has already backed the bill and it is expected to get its first hearing in the Senate during late March, DNR Assistant Commissioner Bob Meier said March 16th. Meier told The Associated Press that the idea arose after some American Indian protesters announced plans last summer to gather wild rice without state- issued licenses on Hole-in-the-Day Lake in Nisswa to assert rights they contend they still hold under an 1855 treaty. The DNR, which disputes their interpretation of the treaty, moved to defuse the conflict See Minnesota Governor, Page 5

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