N.D. OFFICIALS CLAIM IGNORANCE ON DAPL SEC. FIRM
BISMARCK, ND – Top officials in North Dakota relied on the security firm TigerSwan for surveillance on the #NoDAPL movement. Hired by the wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline, none of the state officials bothered to confirm the company’s legal status. With the exception of the National Guard, officials in the state worked closely with TigerSwan.
The governor, attorney general and the National Guard commander did not know that TigerSwan had been denied a license to work in the state. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department also told The Grand Forks Herald it didn’t know.
The North Dakota Private Investigative and Security Board has filed a complaint against TigerSwan in state court.
BEMIDJI STATE WILL ACCEPT STUDENTS FROM FOUR TRIBAL COLLEGES
BEMIDJI, MN – (John Enger/MPR) It’s always been complicated to transfer credits from a tribal college to a traditional four-year university.
But Bemidji State University is changing that. Recently, the university reached a dual-enrollment agreement with Red Lake, Leech Lake, White Earth and Fond du Lac tribal colleges. Students from those tribal colleges are now automatically accepted at BSU, and there’s no enrollment fee.
BSU American Indian Resource Center director Bill Blackwell Jr. helped build the program. He said the old process was a barrier to Native students.
Tribal college students will also get BSU ID cards, which gives them access to the campus and most sporting events.
It’s a unique arrangement, Blackwell said. No other university has dual enrollment agreements with so many tribal colleges.
Blackwell hopes streamlining the enrollment process for tribal college students will bring more Native students to BSU.
S.D. TRIBE’S $2M WATER DIVERSION LAWSUIT DISMISSED
SIOUX FALLS, SD – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a South Dakota tribe that was seeking $200 million from