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Republicans introduce legislation for video slot at horse race tracks
Tuesday, April 12 2011
Written by Tim Pugmire - Two Republican lawmakers introduced legislation in March thMinnesota Public Radio News,
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Two Republican lawmakers introduced legislation in March that would allow Minnesota' two horse racing tracks to install video slot machines, sweetening the pot with a provision that proceeds would go to create jobs.
For years, supporters of the so-called racino concept have tried without success to pass similar bills. But they're optimistic about their chances this time, as the state's ongoing budget problems have given new life to several proposals to expand gambling.
During a news conference, state Sen. Dave Senjem, R-Rochester and state Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont said, their racino bill is the sixth and hopefully last version to come before the Legislature.
Northwest Jesuits to Pay $166.1 Million to Native Abuse Victims
Tuesday, April 12 2011
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The long journey for justice is over for approximately 450 victims who were sexually abused as children by Jesuit Missionaries in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon, in the 1940s through the 1990s.
The landmark settlement was announced March 25. It is the largest settlement between a religious order and sexual abuse victims in the history of the United States. The Society of Jesus, Oregon Province (the Northwest chapter of the Society of Jesus, a religious order based on Rome, Italy), and its insurer will pay $166.1 million, and also requires the Jesuits to provide a written apology to the victims, and produce documents regarding their knowledge of the abuse that took place on their watch.

Sioux Security officer reports UFO encounter and missing time
Tuesday, April 12 2011
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A South Dakota Sioux Tribe security officer reported that hundreds of softball-sized red lights spun around his vehicle while driving home from work March 6 and that he had an encounter with two "translucent" beings, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The man, who is unidentified in the report, said he left his job at the Standing Rock Sioux casino and was driving alone in his vehicle when he noticed the red lights about 11:40 p.m. on Highway 63 about five miles south heading into Eagle Butte.
"The red lights, about 100-200 of these red lights, kept going around the car for a couple of miles," the witness stated. "They never got super close, like two car lengths away from me, but all around me."
A few miles down the highway, the man noticed that his car was slowing down. "I was doing about 60 mph, but it slowed down to 40 mph, and wouldn't go any faster. Then the red lights just disappeared. They didn't fly off or anything, they just disappeared. The car then went back up to 60 mph like I normally drive it."
He then noticed something standing along the road. "Then I saw this thing on the side of the road where the gravel road meets the road and before I knew it, it was on the car. It reached in and touched my head through the windshield and ran its hand down my back. My back got real hot," the man said, according to the MUFON report.
He said he is missing time, as it took him over 2 1/2 hours to get home when it usually only takes 1 1/2 hours.
Protect Great Lakes as Commons, says Council of Canadians
Tuesday, April 12 2011
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As the Canadian federal government prepares to introduce its budget, the Council of Canadians is calling for the allocation of significant resources to protecting the Great Lakes as a Commons, a Public Trust and a Protected Bioregion. The Council of Canadians outlines how and why in a new report entitled Our Great Lakes Commons: A People's Plan to Protect the Great Lakes Forever.
"The Great Lakes crisis is part of the global crisis, in which we are quickly running out of fresh water," says Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow, author of the report. "It's not a closed hydrological cycle like we were taught - we are losing clean water through irrigation, bottled water, virtual water trade and more."

Local Early Childhood Program Awarded NECPA Accreditation
Tuesday, April 12 2011
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Cherish the Children Learning Center, located in the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center in Minneapolis, has been awarded the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA). This nationally recognized accreditation follows a rigorous process of self-study, surveys of parents and staff, verification by early childhood education/child care professionals, and a final review by the NECPA Board of Commissioners. The accreditation is valid for three years, after which the program must complete the process again in order to maintain its accredited status.
NECPA Accreditation is reserved for exceptional early childhood programs that substantially exceed minimum state licensing requirements. Parents seeking care and education for their young children can use national accreditation as a means of locating the highest quality programs. Cherish the Children is located at the MIWRC at 2300 15th Ave. South, Minneapolis. For more information call Heather Reynolds at 612-728-2013.

Red Lake Tribe Receives YouthBuild Grant
Tuesday, April 12 2011
Written by Michael Meuers,
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The Red Lake Ojibwe Tribe has received a YouthBuild Grant of  $1,008,000. The project will assist participants to attain their high school diploma or GED and gain construction and work readiness skills. The occupational training is provided through the Northwest Technical College Construction Program. Under this program, each course is a "stackable credential" that conveys a certificate of completion to the learner as well as college credits that apply toward academic certificates, diplomas and degrees. The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) will be one of the certifications completed during this training. Participants will build two new low-income housing units through the Red Lake Housing Authority in addition to rehabilitating two substandard dwellings owned by low-income households

State grant helps preserve Native American cosmology
The Minnesota Planetarium Society (Society) will partner with Jim Rock (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) and Roxanne Gould (Odawa/Ojibwe) to create an interactive program that will cover all state education standards of astronomy and Native American cosmology; the program (funded through the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund) will consist of culturally relevant Native American star knowledge and cosmology and will be made for flexible use in respect to tribal traditions. It will be designed for planetarium and flat screen use and will include traditional music, instruments, and other artifacts.
Rock, an astronomer at Wayzata High School and Gould, a consultant for Indian Education Programs for Minneapolis Public Schools, will work with the Society to provide the Dakota oral cosmological knowledge and Ojibwe Native American lore. Once completed in summer 2011 the program will be available to schools and audiences through some of Minnesota' s nine planetarium facilities and the ExploraDome.
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