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‘Looking for another Indian girl to kill’

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 7th, 2017

Indigenous women are raped and killed every year, their cases disappearing into a labyrinth of legal jurisdiction

STANDING ROCK – Long ago, Native American women would stuff dirt up their dresses to keep from getting raped by the wasi'chu, meaning eat the fat, a term which has evolved to denote the collective white man. In those lawless days, they preferred death to the pain and humiliation.

“If the military catches you, stuff your insides with dirt in the hopes that they kill…

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Brainerd man outnumbered and viciously beaten

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 5th, 2017

Isaiah Smith - YouCaring and Facebook pagesFARGO – A certified nursing assistant was attacked early Saturday morning near North Dakota State University after calling out men involved in a fight earlier Friday night, according to police and family reports.

Isaiah Smith, 21, was outnumbered and brutally beaten up, Smith’s sister, Casey Droher, a site organizer for a YouCaring page to help her injured brother, said.

“His jaw was hanging from his face, broken in three places,” Droher said.

Smith’s father, Michael, currently…

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Lured

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 29th, 2017

Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind - FacebookFARGO - Brooke Lynn Crews tricked Savanna Marie Lafontaine-Greywind into climbing the 24 steps up to her apartment, according to a charging summary released by Cass County State’s Attorney.

Crews told police she planned to teach Greywind, who was eight months pregnant, how to self-induce childbirth by breaking her own water, and led her up to Apartment 5, 2825 9th Street North, on August 19. After the lesson, Crews told police Greywind left, then returned around 3:30 a.m. on August 21…

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​Savanna’s 24 Steps

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 28th, 2017

Brooke Lynn Crews and William Henry Hoehn - photo provided by the Fargo Police DepartmentFARGO - It’s a short distance from the Greywind family’s basement apartment to the third floor, 24 steps, to be exact. Apartment number five is boarded up tight. Neighbors, who were allowed to move back in Sunday, are scared, and don’t want to speak about the suspects sitting in Cass County Jail, now charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, and false information.

An even shorter route leads to the rear door and a parking lot. From the outside appearance, the building…

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​Savanna’s Body Found Near Harwood

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 27th, 2017

Savanna Lafontaine-GreywindHARWOOD - The body of Savanna Marie Lafontaine-Greywind was found near the Red River early Sunday evening by law enforcement.

At 8:20 p.m. her body was found, and at 9:20 p.m. the body was identified, according to Fargo Police Chief David Todd. Greywind’s body will be brought to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner. Her family has been notified, Todd said.

Rural 90th Avenue Northwest was blocked off in Cass County and Clay County, making travel impossible along the road while police…

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Search for Savanna Continues

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 25th, 2017

Fargo Police Chief David Todd addresses media Friday - photo by C.S. HagenFARGO – Two Fargo residents were arrested Thursday afternoon in relation to the disappearance of Savanna Marie Lafontaine-Greywind, but no charges have been filed by the Cass County State's Attorney yet.

One of the suspects was found with a newborn infant in the apartment upstairs to where Greywind and family lived. Greywind, 22, was nearly eight months pregnant at the time of her disappearance last weekend, and police believe the baby is Greywind’s.

“The infant was alive and was…

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Former Drayton Foods Employee Claims She was Fired Unfairly, Sexually Harassed After Injuries

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 25th, 2017

FHalima Kwcrwb holds up her Drayton work tag - photo by C.S. HagenARGO – A former Drayton Foods, LLC employee filed a complaint against the frozen pizza and bread dough company claiming she was fired unjustly and sexually harassed after repeated injuries.

Halima Kwcrwb, 49, of Fargo, who worked for Drayton Foods, LLC for five years, claimed she was hurt twice while on the job, and filed twice for workers’ compensation with North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance, but was denied for wage loss benefits.

Similar petitions for assistance to Job…

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Bolt Cutters and Chrysanthemums

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 23rd, 2017

CAVALIER, N.D. – He kept the plans secret for months. Not even family knew he planned to shut down North Dakota’s Keystone Pipeline. Chilled, early morning air stabbed his lungs as he stepped from the rental car and into a beet field, bolt cutters in one hand, yellow chrysanthemums in the other.

The pipeline’s emergency shut-off valve, a secluded area wrapped by a wire-link fence, was only a stone’s throw away from where he parked along a dirt road. He’d already scouted the…

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Parched plains: North Dakota farmers and ranchers cope with drought

by Dima Vitanova | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 23rd, 2017

Photo by Sabrina Hornung 

Photo Slug: Dennis Neustel in his field near Robinson ND

The month of May usually ushers rains that nourish the land. This year, however, the spring showers did not come and drought gripped most of North Dakota, parching the landscape. The western half of the state has it the worst, with once lush pastures and fields sprouting feeble plants and tawny dust.

“All the [weather] models had spring rains and then the day before we were expecting to see some…

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​Big Oil Strikes Back

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 22nd, 2017

Activists leaving the main camps in February - photo by C.S. Hagen

Energy Transfer Partners sues dozens of organization and individuals involved against the Dakota Access Pipeline

BISMARCK – Using incendiary language, big oil struck back at activists and NoDAPL organizations Tuesday, demanding a jury trial. Defendants included in the long list are called racketeers, parasites, rogue eco-terrorists, and criminals, and Energy Transfer Partners alleges they conspired to defame the oil rich company.

Filed in the United States District Court for the…

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