Over a thousand people representing a host of tribes came together at Scheels Arena for the third annual Crossroads Powwow last weekend. The powwow featured twelve drums from North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Alberta, Manitoba, Washington, and Nebraska, along with four dance specials: the Spike Draper Memorial Fancy Dress Special, the Men’s Traditional Special in honor of Fargo/Moorhead area First Responders, the Women’s Fancy Shawl Special in celebration of Fargo/Moorhead Indian Education, and the Terry St. John Memorial Fancy Dance Special.
The National Buffalo Foundation – whose mission is to be the trusted source for bison research and education funding to grow the species’ numbers – is the non-profit behind the Buffalo Hall of Fame and the National Buffalo Museum, which oversees a bison herd for research and preservation purposes. The newest member of the herd is a three-year old albino bison, which joins herd member (and another albino bison) Dakota Miracle and will be studied as a part of the Foundation’s numerous ongoing research programs.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has presented the U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers with the Leadership in the Prevention of Transnational Crime Award for North Dakota’s work on “Operation Denial” – an international program which has, over the past three-and-a-half years, brought charges against 32 defendants, including fugitive Chinese nationals and a Columbian national operating out of a Canadian prison as well as individuals in Florida, New Jersey, North Dakota, Georgia, Washington, and Oregon. “Operation Denial” was launched after 18-year old Bailey Henke was found dead from a fentanyl overdose in a Grand Forks apartment. Christopher Myers and his team have been prosecuting the cases along with Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Kerin, Oregon, and Adrienne Rose of the Department of Justice – Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section.