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PNS Daily Newscast - June 29, 2017 


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Public News Service - MN: Native American Issues

The Arts Center of St. Peter teaches art to people who are patients at a psychiatric hospital. (Arts Center of St. Peter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some of Minnesota's human-service groups and agencies have received a holiday present of sorts. This month, seven have been selected to receive the 2016 Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Awards from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Emily Piper, state commissioner of h

Protesters say they won't give up their fight to stop the flow of oil through Minnesota and other states. (MN350)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Two activists from Seattle who were arrested last fall for trying to shut off the Enbridge pipeline in Minnesota will be back in court next month, but a judge will allow them to appear via telephone. On Oct. 11, the activists attempted to close down the operation near Clea

Tribal groups are calling for a Minnesota oil pipeline expansion to halt permanently. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new oil pipeline project for Northern Minnesota is being delayed an extra two years, but tribal groups say that's not enough. The proposed Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline and a replacement for an existing line have been pushed back until 2019, because the Minnesota Supreme Court ha

Hundreds of American Indian students from lower-income families have received free winter jackets in Minneapolis. Credit: Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A month before the official start of winter, hundreds of American Indian students from lower-income families in Minneapolis' Public School system have received free winter coats. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community donated about $25,000 to help buy some of the coats. Loui

PHOTO: Program director Nation Wright leads a traditional Native American round dance with students at Minnesota's American Indian Freedom Schools program, the first of its kind among the more than 200 Freedom Schools sites across the United States. Photo courtesy of CDF-Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With a goal of curbing summer learning loss and closing the achievement gap, the nation's first-ever Freedom Schools program for the American Indian community has opened in Minnesota. The six-week summer enrichment offering is provided by Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. Its pro

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health has detailed its new efforts to reduce the infant mortality rate, as hundreds of babies die in the state each year before they reach the age of one. Photo credit: Cody/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Every year, several hundred babies statewide die before they reach their first birthday and a new plan from the Minnesota Department of Health aims to reduce those numbers. Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says while Minnesota does have one of the lowest overall infant mortality rates in

PHOTO: The Bdote Learning Center is immersing students in the Dakota and Ojibwe languages, so they don't disappear as other Native American languages have. Photo courtesy of Bdote Learning Center.

MINNEAPOLIS - As the number of speakers fluent in Native American languages continues to fade, a Minnesota school like few others in this nation is helping to keep those languages alive. The Bdote Learning Center in Minneapolis is a year-round charter school where the students are immersed in eithe

PHOTO: Parents, students and community leaders are now at the table with school districts, working on ways to address the state's academic achievement gaps between white students and students of color. Photo credit: Thomas Martin/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state continues to wrestle with one of the worst academic achievement gaps in the nation, some progress is being made to lessen that divide between white students and those of color. Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says while the advances are comin

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