News From Indian County 10 01 2015 E Edition Page 1

OCTOBER 2015 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: www.IndianCountryNews.com PAGE 1 Minnesota Tribe invokes treaty rights to stop pipeline, Page 7 Too many Native women have gone missing, Page 8 Canada $3/U.S. $2.00 www.IndianCountryNews.com October 2015 - Vol. XXIX No. 10 A different kind of teacher: 80 year old Native elder draws on experience By REGINA GARCIA CANO FLANDREAU, South Dakota (AP/NFIC) T he Santee Sioux are opening the nation's first marijuana resort on its reservation in South Dakota. The experiment could offer a new money- making model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos. Santee Sioux leaders say the tribe plans to grow their own pot and sell it in a smoking lounge that includes a nightclub, arcade games, bar and food service, and eventually, slot machines and an outdoor music venue. We want it to be an adult playground, tribal President Anthony Reider said. There's nowhere else in America that has something like this. The project, according to the tribe, could generate up to $2 million a month in profit, and work is already underway on the growing facility. The first marijuana cigarettes are expected to go on sale Dec. 31 at a New Year's Eve party. The legalization of marijuana on the Santee Sioux land came in June, months after the Justice Department outlined a new policy that allows tribes in some instances to grow and sell marijuana under the same conditions as some states. Many tribes are hesitant to jump into By MATT BUXTON Fairbanks Daily News-Miner FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) S he always wanted to be a teacher, it just didn't happen the way the quick- learning little girl from Alatna could have ever imagined. At the age of 80, Elizabeth Fleagle is in the prime of her teaching career. During late September, Fleagle was in the classroom with a small group of students at the Interior-Aleutians Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks' College of Rural and Community Development. She works in the Rural Human Services program as an Alaska Native elder in the classroom, helping professors prepare students for social work in rural Alaska. It's been a long road to the classroom. One marked with pain, but also hard work and a big dose of luck and faith. I became a teacher, just a different kind, she said. A cultural and an inner, spiritual teacher. Teaching people how to be heal within so you can be well enough to listen to your clients. She's drawn on a lifetime of experience and traditional knowledge to help students get ready for a career of social work in News From Indian Country 8558N County Road K Hayward, WI 54843-5800 Santee Sioux say nation's first Marijuana Resort could be open by December In this Sept. 25, 2015 photo, Elizabeth Fleagle reads during a class she mentors at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Rural and Community Development in the Harper Building in Fairbanks, Alaska. Fleagle works in the Rural Human Services program as an Alaska Native elder in the classroom, helping professors prepare students for social work in rural Alaska. Eric Engman/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP Continued on Page 5 See 80 year old Native elder, Page 5 By NOEL LYN SMITH CROWNPOINT, N.M. (AP) F or almost two decades, Jean Whitehorse has traveled to chapter houses on the Navajo Nation to teach residents about computer literacy and the importance of reading. Whitehorse has worked 19 years for the New Mexico State Library's Tribal Libraries Program, which supports services at public libraries on 18 reservations in the state. For her tireless service, she will receive the Unsung Hero Award from the Mountain Plains Library Association in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The award is given to a group or individual whose service has not been previously recognized and who has worked on a project that has significance to a community, according to the association's website. Whitehorse is a library technician and works in the Crownpoint Outreach Center, an extension service of the program inside the library at Din College's Crownpoint campus. Tribal Libraries Program Coordinator Alana McGrattan said Whitehorse provides a valuable service because there are no public libraries in the 50 chapters Library technician racks up mileage serving Navajo Nation for 19 years that comprise the New Mexico side of the Navajo Nation. The only services that are provided are through Jean, going from chapter to chapter to do computer training, financial literacy and summer reading, McGrattan said in an interview during September. Topics during the free computer training classes range from basic computer skills to using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In an interview, Whitehorse said she travels with 12 laptops, a video projector and an assortment of cords, storage devices See Library technician, Page 3 Jean Whitehorse, Crownpoint Outreach Center librarian, speaks, Sept. 10, 2015, at the New Mexico State Library's Crownpoint Outreach Center in Crownpoint, N.M. Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times via AP

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