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NOVEMBER 2015 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: www.IndianCountryNews.com PAGE 1 Five Lessons for Indian Country on the Canadian Elections, Page 8 Obama meets Tribal Youth at White House conference, Page 10 Canada $3/U.S. $2.00 www.IndianCountryNews.com November 2015 - Vol. XXIX No.11 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appoints aboriginal as Minister of Justice Ottawa, Ontario - CBC/ICC H igh-profile B.C. First Nations leader and former Crown prosecutor Jody Wilson-Raybould was appointed minister of justice by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Vancouver Granville MP was one of three B.C. Liberals appointed by Trudeau to the Liberal Party's new cabinet on Nov. 4th. Former B.C. attorney general Wally Oppal was quick to offer praise for her appointment. I think it's fantastic that they've appointed somebody who's got some court experience and is familiar with the criminal justice system, said Oppal. Wilson-Raybould earned her law degree from UBC and was called to the bar in 2000 and and began her legal career as a Crown prosecutor the same year. After four years working for the Crown, in 2003 she took a position with the B.C. Treaty Commission and was shortly after elected as a commissioner by the chiefs of the First Nations Summit. After working as a councillor for the We Wai Kai Nation, she was elected regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations in 2009 and reelected in 2012. While serving as an aboriginal leader, Wilson-Raybould honed her diplomacy skills and and earned a reputation for an ability to build consensus. I sought to ensure voices were heard and that we built on the successes that our News From Indian Country 8558N County Road K Hayward, WI 54843-5800 DEA/FBI raid Menominee Nation lands to destroy industrial hemp plot Making history, ten First Nation candidates win election to Parliment, Page 3 communities and individuals had, she told CBC News in an interview after the election. It is a world without political parties, a world where there are complex and often controversial issues on the table. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said Jody Wilson-Raybould's appointment is a key one, especially since the Liberals campaigned on a pledge to immediately launch a national public inquiry into missing and murdered First Nations women. I think given her experience at the AFN level as well as being our regional chief for many years and her legal background will serve her very well, said Phillip. Grand Chief Ed John with the First Nations Summit said Wilson-Raybould, along with the new Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, will need to set the right tone for any inquiry. It will be important to establish good parameters and guidelines, terms of reference for the commission to proceed with its work, he said. A bitter taste of politics W ilson-Raybould is one of eight aboriginal members of Justin Trudeau's new Liberal caucus. But it was a meeting with then-prime minister Stephen Harper during the Idle No More demonstrations that prompted her decision to run for the Liberals in the 2015 federal election. She later said she left the discussions with a bitter taste in her mouth and said the the lack of cooperation from the Conservative government influenced her decision to run for the Liberals. Born in 1971 in Vancouver to Bill Wilson, a First Nations politician and UBC law graduate, and Sandra Wilson, a teacher, she is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka'wakw from the northern end of Vancouver Island and the Central Coast of B.C. She is also member of the We Wai Kai Nation and uses her Kwak'wala name Puglaas, which means woman born to noble people, as the name of her Twitter account. Majority of this article is from the The Canadian Press using the files of Dan Burritt and Mike Laanela Jody Wilson-Raybould Photo from Wikimedia Commons By AMY FORLITI Keshena, Wisconsin (AP) S pokespeople for the Menominee Nation said agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration entered their sovereign lands during October 25 and improperly destroyed a crop of industrial hemp - but federal authorities said the crop was actually an illegal marijuana growing operation and some of the participants were not tribal members. There were no arrests, and the investigation is ongoing, the DEA said. The tribe legalized the growing of low THC non-psychotropic industrial hemp on its lands in May. In a statement during late October Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw said the tribe had always intended to grow the crop legally for research purposes under the 2014 Farm Bill, which recognizes the distinction between marijuana and By STEVE KARNOWSKI MINNEAPOLIS (AP) T he Minnesota Pollution Control Agency opened a public comment period during late October on proposed changes to the state's water quality standards for protecting wild rice, a long-running dispute that has pitted mining interests against American Indian tribes and environmentalists. A 1973 state law limits discharges of sulfates to 10 milligrams per liter into waters that produce wild rice, which plays an important cultural and spiritual role in the life of Minnesota's Ojibwe tribes. The law drew few objections until environmentalists noticed that it largely wasn't being enforced a few years ago. The MPCA proposed changes in March that would take a site-by-site approach based on calculations about individual water bodies. The draft also establishes criteria for designating lakes and streams as wild rice waters, and includes initial lists of about 1,300 bodies of water and of 900 more that warrant further study. The MPCA is taking comment on the proposal through Dec. 18. Strong objections have already been made by tribes and environmentalists, who argue that preserving the old standard would provide better protection. Industry groups don't like the new proposal either, saying the science behind it is flawed. It doesn't appear that the agency is listening to any of the feedback it has already gotten, said Paula Maccabee, an attorney for WaterLegacy who has fought to preserve the existing standard. The MPCA hasn't made any substantial changes to its original draft because it has done additional work to verify that it has taken the right approach, said Katrina Kessler, the agency's water assessment manager. Kessler said the agency opened the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency opens comment period on Wild Rice The draft also establishes criteria for designating lakes and streams as wild rice wa- ters, and includes initial lists of about 1,300 bodies of water and of 900 more that warrant further study. See Minnesota Pollution, Page 5 See DEA/FBI raid, Page 5 Remember NOVEMBER is Native American Heritage Month

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