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Dallas jury orders Choctaw Nation to pay $11 million in 2013 casino bus crash

Monica S. Nagy - Fort Worth Star Telegram

A Dallas County jury has ordered the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to pay $11 million to the families of two women from Fort Worth and North Richland Hills who were killed in 2013 when a chartered bus crashed on the way to a casino.

The families of Paula Hahn, 69, of Fort Worth and Alice Stanley, 83, of North Richland Hills are to get $6 million and $4.9 million in the suit, respectively.

Trump: “Indians have Gotten Wild” about Hillary Clinton’s “Off the Reservation” Comment

Levi Rickert - Native News Online

NEW YORK— In a too-long whining interview on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday morning, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said “Indians have gotten wild” about Hillary Clinton’s “off the reservation” comment.

In his rambling comment, he also repeated the Democratic front-runner is “playing the woman card” and accused her of acting “nasty” toward men.

Trump’s accusation that Clinton is playing the woman card helped the Clinton campaign bring in $2.4 million in a three-day period last week.

Army Corps Finally Agrees The Ancient One Is Native American, Will Return Home

Richard Walker - Indian Country Today

For years, the Colville, Nez Perce, Umatilla, Wanapum and Yakama peoples told the world who the Ancient One is: an ancestor.

Let him return home, they said, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers turned his remains over to the Burke Museum for storage. Let his relatives honor him and reinter him, they said, as courts allowed him to be handled and subjected to study. He is one of us, they said, even as a federal judge and scientists questioned his origin.


$380 Million More to Benefit Farmers, Ranchers in Keepseagle Compromise

Tanya H. Lee - Indian Country Today

A recent federal court decision is a game-changer for tribal economies and the overall health and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives, says Crystal Echohawk, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, who has long been working with colleagues, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the American Heart Association to promote food sovereignty in Indian country.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on April 20 approved the creation of a $265-million Native American-controlled trust to benefit AI/AN farmers and ranchers, the largest such trust ever created. The money is left over from the fund set up by Congress in 2011 to settle claims of discrimination by the the U.S. Department of Agriculture against Native American food producers.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Files Lawsuit Against IHS, Attorney Says ER Shutdown Illegal

David Rooks - Indian Country Today

A lawsuit filed on behalf of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe last Thursday asks “the federal court to step in and exercise some control over the dysfunctional IHS (Indian Health Service) emergency room on the Rosebud Reservation.”

Tim Purdon, of Robins Kaplan LLP, the firm representing the tribe, said, “The filing of this case is necessary because IHS has been unable to solve this problem, at grave cost to the vulnerable, rural population of the Rosebud Reservation.” Purdon also said his firm has taken the case pro bono.

Kashechewan evacuees arrive in Thunder Bay

Jeff Walters, CBC News

About 300 evacuees from Kashechewan First Nation arrived in Thunder Bay on Sunday.

The evacuees were moved out of the community because of the risk of flooding from the Albany River. 

The first group of evacuees arrived around the noon hour, and were expected to continue to arrive until the early evening.

The city is preparing to host the evacuees for up to ten days.

"It's a challenge to make sure tha

First Nations teen solves remote community's drinking water problems

Jody Porter, CBC News

A 19-year-old from North Spirit Lake First Nation is the key to solving a boil water advisory in place in his community for nearly as long as he has been alive.

The remote First Nation, about 800 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont., has been under a boil water advisory for 14 years.

Now, a unique program spearheaded by the Northern Chiefs Council (Keewatinook Okimakanak), is allowing people like Quentin Rae to take the initiative and the responsibility for providing clean water in their own communities.

John Lennon celebrates his 31st birthday at the Hotel Syracuse

Johnathan - syracuse.com

Just a year after the breakup of The Beatles, John Lennon was in Syracuse on Oct. 9, 1971.

The visit included the opening of his wife's first major art exhibit, at the Everson Museum, a 31st birthday celebration and almost a Beatles' reunion.

Yoko Ono's art exhibit, entitled "This is Not Here," ran for three weeks at the Everson, and drew thousands of visitors to the museum. Celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, and Dennis Hopper viewed it.

Poll: 97 percent of NY voters want new laws to combat state government corruption

Mike McAndrew @syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Ninety-seven percent of New York voters say it's important that lawmakers pass new laws to combat corruption in state government, but two-thirds of them are pessimistic the governor and Legislature will do that this year.

On the day that former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is scheduled to be sentenced for public corruption crimes, a new Siena College poll found 93 percent of New York voters said they believe corruption in state government is a very serious or somewhat serious problem.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in cancer lawsuit over talcum powder

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A jury in St. Louis has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who claimed the company's talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

Court records show the jury returned the verdict in favor of plaintiff Gloria Ristesund on Monday. It comes after a St. Louis jury in February awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who sued Johnson & Johnson over ovarian cancer she said was caused by using its baby powder and other products containing talcum.

A Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman says the New Jersey-based company is beginning the process to appeal the Monday ruling.

Spokeswoman Carol Goodrich says the decision goes against decades of research that supports the safety of cosmetic talc.

The Associated Press

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