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Timely pipeline completion fades amid legal delays

The clock is ticking for the embattled Dakota Access Pipeline as its developer, Energy Transfer, faces a battle in federal court that could easily take another year. It also is looking at a possible injunction that the company says would cost irreparable financial harm of $1.4 billion and is holding a construction permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that is only valid for another six months.

While the company, which had scheduled to have revenue and oil flowing by the end of the year, has indicated it’s committed to getting the $3.8 billion Bakken pipeline completed, obstacles that are most visible in a water protection-protest encampment on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation signal the way forward won’t be simple.

President Obama to Tribal Leaders: “I hope I’ve set a direction that others will follow””

Levi Rickert  - Native News Online

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama addressed tribal leaders on Monday afternoon at his final tribal nations conference of his tenure as president of the United States.

The President was honored with a tribal blanket and was given a blanket for the First Lady, who was not attendance.

In the end, he told tribal leaders: “I hope I’ve set a direction that others will follow…I’ll see you on the other side.”

The ‘50 Faces of Indian Country 2016’ Magazine Available Now!

Vincent Schilling - Indian Country Today

Indian Country Today Media Network is proud to announce its second “50 Faces of Indian Country” magazine, an annual celebration of the diversity and power of Native stars, athletes and leaders.

This year we honor a wide array of Indian country all-stars, including Cherokee movie legend Wes Studi, diabetes healthcare advocate and Mohawk tribal chief Beverly Cook, champion Lumbee gymnast Ashton Locklear and Standing Rock Sioux Miss Indian World Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn. They are just a few of the best and brightest lights gathered in this year’s online and print issues.

Wikipedia Wants Improved Content on Indigenous Peoples, Needs Your Help


Wikipedia volunteers and the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that oversees the free encyclopedia, recognize and want to close content gaps that exist in race and gender topics on the site. One of those gaps includes coverage of all things having to do with Indigenous Peoples.

The goal, as Kelly Doyle, Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity at West Virginia University Libraries, told ICTMN is to make “Wikipedia more accurate, more diverse, and to fully represent the world around us… a lot of the articles about Indigenous Peoples are short and we want those be fleshed out.”

White House Outlines Massive Outreach to Indian Country at Tribal Nations Conference

Vincent Schilling - Indian Country Today

As the 8th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference (WHTNC) kicked off Monday in Washington DC, the White House released a massive plan of continued action, entitled “An All-of-Government Approach to Serving Indian Country.”

The White House Tribal Nations Conference is the result of the promise President Barack Obama made during a visit to the Crow Nation in May 2008 to host an annual summit with tribal leaders to ensure tribal leaders a seat at the proverbial governmental table.

Inuit women's groups ask for apology after senator accuses them of racism

Sima Sahar Zerehi, CBC News

Two women's groups in Nunavut are calling for an apology from the territory's senator, after he suggested they may have racist motivations in their reaction to the selection of commissioners for the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Prior to the selection of commissioners, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada called for an Inuk commissioner on the inquiry, saying it was needed for Inuit to be fully included in the process. An Inuk commissioner was not included, but Ottawa lawyer Qajaq Robinson, who was raised in Nunavut and speaks fluent Inuktitut, was.

Liberals consider ending costly Canada Savings Bond program

John Paul Tasker, CBC News

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is seriously considering an end to the Canada Savings Bond program in his next federal budget, Radio-Canada has learned.

The program, introduced after the Second World War to help Ottawa raise money from individual Canadians, is about to launch its 70th year of sales, but senior government sources who spoke to CBC's French-language service say it could be the last.

Franklin County Court Report

Malone Telegram

Warren T. Allen, 43, of Hogansburg, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 31 after admitting he had violated the terms of his probation imposed as a result of his guilty plea to a charge of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property in connection with an August 27, 2015, incident. He had been sentenced in July to five year’s probation, with the first 180 days to be served in the Franklin County Jail.

As county awaits Wednesday verdict in Hillary trial, public says evidence is lacking in case

- Massena Daily Courier

CANTON — A verdict in the murder trial of Oral “Nick” Hillary is set for Wednesday.

Hillary, 42, Potsdam, is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly strangling 12-year-old Garrett J. Phillips, between 4:56 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2011, at the 100 Market St. apartment where the boy lived with his mother, Tandy L. Collins, and brother.

Presiding Judge Felix J. Catena heard the closing arguments in the case Thursday after eight days of proceedings starting with opening remarks on Sept. 12.

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