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Ending All Native Homelessness Next Federal Target

Mark Fogarty - Indian Country Today

The multi-agency effort just announced by the federal government to alleviate Native American veteran homelessness may just be the tip of the iceberg.

Last fall, eight federal agencies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on an effort to end all Native American homelessness, not just Native veteran homelessness. The MOU specifically recognizes tribal sovereignty.

Uranium Pollution in Sanders, Arizona

Marisela Ramirez, Cronkite News
While the U.S. frets about Flint, the lead-laden water in Michigan is eclipsed by contamination in parts of Indian country. Much of the drinking water on the Navajo Nation is radioactive, tainted by a good 15,000 abandoned uranium mines. Residents say that cancer is rampant. Several protested outside the offices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the end of January to draw attention to their deadly water, and spoke to Cronkite News Service


AFN begins groundwork to ensure success of MMIW inquiry

Gareth Hampshire, CBC News

Ever since her sister was killed in 1983, Marilyn Buffalo has been fighting for a national investigation into missing and murdered indigenous women.

Now the inquiry is going ahead, she wants to make sure it's done right.

"It's been a long road and a lot of prayers," said Buffalo.

On Thursday, Buffalo was part of a meeting at Enoch Cree Nation, west of Edmonton, that included family members of victims from across the country.

National food strategy will include aboriginal input, says Agriculture Minister

Sima Sahar Zerehi, CBC

Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says he's committed to developing a national food policy that includes input from aboriginal groups, but some experts say real investment is needed for food security to be achieved.

"Our Minister's mandate letter includes many important commitments, including the development of a national food policy," Minister Lawrence MacAulay's office stated in an email.

Manitoba grand chief defends RCMP collection of DNA from 2,000 men, boys on First Nation

CBC News

The head of northern Manitoba chiefs supports an RCMP plan to collect DNA samples from every man and boy between the ages of 15 and 66 in Garden Hill First Nation, as part of the police investigation into the death last May of 11-year-old Teresa Robinson.

Sheila North Wilson, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), met with RCMP in Winnipeg to discuss the DNA collection, among other issues on Thursday.

Body pulled from Lake Ontario ID'd as Toronto police officer

CBC News

The body of a Toronto police officer was pulled from Lake Ontario near Polson Pier on Thursday, not far from the scene of a fatal shooting he was involved in nearly six years ago.

The body has been identified as Darius Garda, who had been reported missing, sources have told CBC News.

Garda had most recently been working out of 51 Division, but had been on leave, officers said. Police are investigating his death as a possible suicide, CBC News has learned.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

U.S. vacation hot spots offer discounts to dollar-weary Canadians

Sophia Harris, CBC News

Grace Tenhoeve used to be a diehard snowbird, fleeing to Florida every year to escape Canadian winters. But this year, the 71-year-old isn't taking flight.

"When the dollar dropped I said, 'You know what, I'm not going,'" recalls Tenhoeve, who lives in Waterdown, Ont.

Living alone on a fixed income, the senior says she can't afford to hibernate down south with the loonie hovering around 72 cents U.S.

"I'm not that rich," she says.

Actor playing Martin Luther King, Jr., on Ontario stage twice hit with racial slurs

CBC News

An American actor who is set to portray Martin Luther King, Jr., in an upcoming stage production in London, Ont., says he's twice had racial slurs hurled at him in recent days.

In one case, E.B. Smith was walking down the street with his co-star, when a man passing by in a car yelled "the N-word at us."

The second time around, a man struck up a conversation with him at a restaurant and eventually swore at him, left and then returned to use the N-word in a follow-up exchange.

Two CNY colleges seek state ok to grow pot plants

Charley Hannagan @syracuse.com

Two Central New York colleges want the state's ok to grow hemp, pot's non-intoxicating cousin, for research as an agricultural commodity.

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets will issue 10, three-year licenses to universities to grow industrial hemp to study the best methods to grow and market it in New York. So far, Cornell University and Morrisville State College say they're applying for the special hemp growing license.

Donald Trump's plane makes emergency landing in Nashville

Associated Press

(AP) — Donald Trump's plane was diverted to the Nashville International Airport after the control tower received a report that the plane was experiencing engine trouble.

News outlets report that the Republican presidential candidate made a brief stop in Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon as he and members of his campaign boarded a smaller aircraft to complete their trip from New York to Little Rock, Arkansas.

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