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Most American Indian tribes opt out of federal death penalty

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — American Indian tribes for decades have been able to opt into the death penalty for certain federal crimes on tribal land. Nearly all reject it.

Tribes and legal experts say the decision goes back to culture and tradition, past treatment of American Indians and fairness in the justice system.

For those on the Navajo Nation, the sexual assault and murder of an 11-year-old girl near Shiprock, New Mexico, has reignited the issue. Ashlynne Mike's mother has been urging the tribe to opt in to the death penalty, particularly for crimes that involve children.

But the Southwestern tribe has long objected to putting people to death. The culture teaches that all life is precious.

One federally recognized tribe, the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma, has opted in.


South Dakota man dies in weekend crash in North Dakota

FLASHER, N.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man is dead after a crash in southwestern North Dakota.

The Highway Patrol says 24-year-old Blake Huber, of McIntosh, South Dakota, was driving a car that collided with a bull on state Highway 31 and then crashed into a bridge rail.

The crash happened shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Huber died at the scene about 35 miles south of Flasher.


Man dies in rollover crash on US Highway 2 near Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed in a rollover crash in northwestern North Dakota.

The accident happened about 10 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 2 about 7 miles west of Williston. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 40-year-old Adam Knudson, of Deering, died when his pickup truck first entered the median and then went into a ditch after he overcorrected.

The patrol says Knudson was ejected from the vehicle.


Minot community leader, father of US Sen. John Hoeven dies

(Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com)

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A longtime Minot banker and father of U.S. Sen. John Hoeven is being remembered as a community supporter who served in numerous organizations and help develop low-income housing for elderly residents.

John "Jack" Hoeven died Saturday at age 87. His funeral is scheduled for Aug. 29 in Minot.

The Minot Daily News reports that Hoeven helped build Minot's First Western Bank & Trust from a local start-up in 1964 to a full-service financial center. His avid support of golf and baseball are shown in two complexes named for him, the Jack Hoeven Wee Links and Jack Hoeven Baseball Complex

Hoeven also was active in the Republican Party.

A native of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Hoeven graduated from Dartmouth College and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955.



Sanford awarded grant to study Native American, rural health

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health has received a more than $11 million grant over five years to study rural and Native American health.

Officials say the hospital is one of only 20 institutions in the country to earn those grants from the National Institutes of Health. The money will be used to support current research, recruit new faculty members and provide resources for new projects.

Sanford spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the grant will help researchers study and help people in the region.

The hospital has also received an $11.8 million grant for pediatric research that expires in 2018 and a $23 million grant for cancer research that expires in 2021.

Sanford Health is based in Sioux Falls and Fargo. It bills itself as one of the largest health systems in the nation.


Motorcyclist dies after failing to negotiate a curve

BOTTINEAU, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a motorcyclist died when he failed to negotiate a curve on a road near Lake Metigoshe.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says 28-year-old Derek Thompson, of Rolette, died in the Saturday afternoon accident. The patrol says the motorcycle went into the ditch and struck a sign support.

Thompson was not wearing a helmet. The crash remains under investigation.

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Former tribal leader sentenced to prison for embezzlement

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A woman who was among a handful of people charged in a tribal embezzlement case in South Dakota has been sentenced in federal court.

Fifty-two-year-old Carrie Godfrey, of Sisseton, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit theft from a tribal organization. Authorities say she and her co-defendants embezzled funds from the Big Coulee District of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe.

Godfrey and the other co-defendants were executive board members of the district. They are accused of stealing more than $81,500.

Godfrey was sentenced to 10 months in prison and ordered to pay back more than $31,600. She was also fined $3,000 and ordered to serve three years of supervised release.

The tribe resides on the Lake Traverse Reservation in northeastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota.


Blinded veteran from Fargo-Moorhead receives key to new home

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota veteran who lost his sight after roadside bomb exploded while he was serving in Iraq has a new home.

The Homes For Our Troops group gave Eric Marts the key for a new house during a ceremony Saturday in Moorhead. Marts and his wife, Bobbie, had been living in trailer park along with Eric's guide dog, Deacon.

Marts has a radio show on WDAY-AM in Fargo that is dedicated to improving the lives of veterans.

Marts was a guest of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota during the State of the Union address in 2014. Heitkamp says that Marts is "humble beyond belief" and nobody is more deserving of a new house.


Minot airman sentenced for luring teenager for sex

(Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com)

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A judge says a Minot Air Force Base airman accused of luring a minor by computer must serve up a year in jail.

The Minot Daily News reports that 23-year-old David Schroeder was caught in a law enforcement sting in December and thought he was meeting a 16-year-old girl for sex.

Schroeder told investigators that he came to meet the girl to tell her she should not be meeting people on Craigslist, and as a member of the base's security forces had planned to do a "reverse bust."

Judge Stacy Louser ordered Schroeder to complete a sex offender treatment program and register as a sex offender.



Man must serve about 25 years for fatal Minot shooting

(Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com)

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A judge says a man charged with murder in what authorities called a gang-related fatal shooting in Minot must serve about 25 years in prison.

Authorities say 27-year-old Johnny Norwood shot and killed 30-year-old Roger Falana on Nov. 29, 2015, in a downtown Minot alley. Norwood was also accused of shooting a woman who survived, and firing multiple shots that endangered other people.

The Minot Daily News reports that Norwood entered Alford pleas to Class AA felony murder and Class A felony attempted murder before Judge David Nelson.

Nelson ordered Norwood to pay more than $14,000 to Falana's cousin for burial expenses and more than $8,000 to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund for medical expenses for the injured woman.

Authorities allege Norwood has ties to a gang in California.



North Dakota State College of Science removes smokestack

(Information from: Wahpeton Daily News, http://www.wahpetondailynews.com)

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State College of Science has removed its smokestack as part of a wider project that included demolition within its central heating plant.

The Wahpeton Daily News reports that the school reaffirmed its commitment to converting from coal heat to natural gas on Aug. 9.

Executive Director of Facilities Management Dallas Fossum says the cost of the project is about $700,000. He says space within the central heating plant will be used as a warehouse.

Fossum says the school is currently working to make its natural gas machinery more efficient.

The school's smokestack was built in 1979. In January 2016, the school stopped using the smokestack as a primary heating source.



North Dakota Development Fund doles out $2.5 million in aid

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Development Fund board in July awarded a total of nearly $2.5 million in financial aid to five projects.

The loan program within the state Commerce Department was created in 1991 to help new or expanding primary sector businesses — those such as manufacturers and food processors that create new wealth.

The largest loan award last month was $1.5 million for a soybean crushing plant at Spiritwood.

Smaller loans or lines of credit went to an agricultural technology business in Wahpeton, a Fargo technology company, a Fargo fitness products company and a Fargo daycare.

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