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Red Lake chairman seeks federal aid for tribe


Red Lake Nation Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr. was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to seek federal aid for his tribe one month after a tragedy of school-related violence that left 10 people dead.

Jourdain met with White House officials and members of the state's congressional delegation. He asked for $22.1 million to address law enforcement, education, infrastructure and youth needs on the reservation.

The tribe is still healing from the deadly shootings on March 21. "We are going to recover. I'm just not sure how long it's going to take," Secretary Judy Roy told The Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Classes have resumed at the schools on the reservation, including the high school where Jeff Weise, 16, shot seven people before turning the gun on himself. According to The St. Paul Pioneer Press, the emergency intercom system at the school didn't work and failed to inform students and staff of the danger.

The school shootings lasted just 9 minutes, according to federal investigators. U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger said security guard Derrick Brun, who was killed, helped save lives by confronting Weise as he entered the building.

Heffelfinger and other authorities offered more details about the incident but blasted leaks to the media about the investigation. He said his office would hold people accountable for providing confidential information to the press.

Get the Story:
Jourdain pleas for federal help to shore up Red Lake reservation's infrastructure (The St. Paul Pioneer Press 4/21)
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Red Lake tribal leaders, officials meet (AP 4/21)
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When Weise struck, alert system fell silent (The St. Paul Pioneer Press 4/21)
Red Lake: Fear, pain haunt recovery (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 4/21)
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Professor counsels Red Lake (The Sacramento State Hornet 4/20)
9 minutes, 45 shots, 10 dead, and 1 hero (The St. Paul Pioneer Press 4/19)
Red Lake: Prosecutor blasts rumors, leaks (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 4/19)

Relevant Links:
Red Lake Net News - http://www.rlnn.com
Red Lake Nation - http://www.redlakenation.org
Red Lake High School - http://www.paulbunyan.net/rlschools/hs.htm

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