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MSUN Begins Native American Week with Teepee Raising
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - On Monday morning, Montana State University-Northern began their week long schedule of Native American Week activities by raising a teepee on campus. The Sweetgrass Society hosted the ceremony, which lasted just under an hour. MSUN Director of Diversity Awareness and Multicultural Programs Cristina Estrada-Underwood explains what took place during the ceremony.

"The ceremony started with the blessing done by one of the Elders here in the community. His name is Joe Cochran, and he is originally from Canada. Then, he invited everyone to smudge themselves."

She adds that the location of this year's teepee changed, in an attempt to make it more visible to the public.

"It is located between the marquis and the football field, and this is something that we decided to change this year, so more people in the community could see it. In the past, it had been located, I believe, by the food court, but not many people get to see it."

There are more events planned this week at Northern for both Native American Awareness Week, as well as Homecoming. A complete schedule of events can be found on this page.

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Shane Johnson Homicide Trial: Day 1
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - The jury trial for a Havre man facing a deliberate homicide charge began Tuesday in state District Court in Havre. Shane Johnson is accused shooting his younger brother, Travis Johnson, on the evening of November 9th, 2013. Travis Johnson later passed away at Northern Montana Hospital. Shane Johnson has pleaded not guilty and says he was acting in self defense.

Jury selection began Tuesday morning at 9:00. 90 Hill County residents received jury duty notification in the mail, and court officials believe that selecting a jury will take most of the day.

Stay tuned to New Media Broadcasters for updates throughout this trial, which has been scheduled to last until October 2nd.

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Families from 2 Reservations Charged with Theft
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (NMB) - A federal investigation into corruption on Montana's Indian reservations has led to the indictments of members of two families.

In the first, a husband and wife who worked for Stone Child College in Box Elder are accused of taking more than $242,000 in kickbacks from a construction company.

Melody and Frank Henry are charged with embezzlement conspiracy, theft and bribery.

Separately, prosecutors accuse Brockton's business manager of forging checks from the Fort Peck reservation town's bank account to herself, her husband and their daughters.

Desiree Lambert, Bernard Lambert Jr., Kayla Lambert and Kaycee Lambert were indicted Monday on charges of wire fraud, theft and identity theft.

A phone listed under Melody Henry's name was disconnected. There is no phone listing for the Lamberts.

It is not clear whether any of the defendants have hired attorneys.

UPDATE: MORE DETAILS EMERGE IN CASE AGAINST HENRY

Melody and Frank Henry pleaded not guilty to 4 separate charges on Monday before Magistrate Judge Keith Strong in Great Falls.

Melody Henry announced her resignation from Stone Child College in June of 2013. Her husband Frank Henry previously served as Facilities Department Manager at Stone Child, as well.

Prosecutors say that between September 2010 and December 2012, the Henrys awarded lucrative contracts to Hunter Burns Construction. In exchange, Burns gave more than $242,000 in kickbacks.

They also say that the Henrys also misapplied more than $1,000 in funds to purchase a generator for their own personal use.

Neither of the defendants was taken into custody. A pre-trial conference will take place on September 24th.

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The Associated Press also contributed to this report
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Havre Historic Post Office Revealed to Public
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Over the past couple of years, Dr. Marc Whitacre and his wife Dr. Erica Farmer have been remodeling Havre's old Courthouse and Post Office Building. Their hard work was finally displayed to the public on Saturday, as the newly named "Havre Historic Post Office" held an open house.

The 3rd floor originally housed a courtroom, but now that area is where Whitacre and Farmer will live. Building Manager Dave McGee says that floor isn't quite finished, although a vast amount of lighting has been installed.

"We were able to restore the original lighting, add new lighting. Now that the lighting system in that room has been finished, it has exactly 201 light bulbs and draws about 350,000 watts."

The foyer and grand room on the 1st floor are currently open to rent for events, and a limited number of office space on the 2nd floor is still available for rent, as well. For more information call Events Manager Hayley Yost at 390-2514.

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MAT's 'Death by Chocolate' Sells Out for Murder Mystery
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - On Saturday night, the Montana Actors' Theatre held their annual "Death by Chocolate" fundraiser at the Havre Central Gymnasium. The event sold out, as more than 300 people came for dinner and a murder mystery performance based upon the board game "Clue".

At the end of the evening, the mystery was finally solved: Colonel Mustard killed the victim with a taco cart in the billiards room. This performance had a Hi-Line twist, though, as Mustard's character was loosely based on Havre mayor Tim Solomon, and the victim was based upon longtime Havre resident Ilsa Wagner.

So the big question is, why did Solomon kill Wagner? The actor who portrayed Colonel Mustard, Matt Twedt, explains.

"In the script, she was my competition for the office of Mayor. She was running against me for Mayor, and at that particular time in the campaign, we were polling virtually tied."

MAT's first show this fall is "Seven" and opens in Fort Benton on September 27th.

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MSU-Northern Plans Week Full of Homecoming Activities
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Montana State University-Northern will celebrate Homecoming this Saturday when the Lights football team hosts Southern Oregon, though activities have been planned for the entire week in anticipation of Saturday's game. Director of Student Activities and Events Denise Brewer says that after a couple of tumultuous weeks on campus, homecoming week will give the Northern and Havre communities a chance to focus on the positive things taking place at MSUN.

"This is our chance to turn things around and just show what Northern means to this community, and what the community means to Northern. It's been a tough few weeks, and I just look forward to this week as being an opportunity for us. It's some real special events."

Brewer says the first homecoming activity is the always popular door decorating competition.

"All the people in the residence halls and all over campus can decorate a door any way they want to show spirit for the upcoming homecoming game. And then at the game on Saturday, we will recognize who the winners are."

Here is a complete schedule of events:

MONDAY

Campus-Wide Door Decorating Competition (ALL DAY)

Smudging and Teepee Raising Ceremony (10:00 AM)

Tour of the Louis and Antoinette Hagener Museum of the Northern Montana Plains Indian (11:30 AM)


TUESDAY

Homecoming Elections Online (ALL DAY)

Hello Walk Painting (1:00-4:00 PM)

Lecture on Current Indian Issues by Terry Brockie (1:00-2:00 PM)

Chancellor's Lecture Series: 'The Dog Soldier Ledger Book' by Richard Ellis (7:30 PM)


WEDNESDAY

Homecoming Elections Online (ALL DAY)

Beadwork Workshop and Indian Taco Sale (11:00 AM-1:00 PM)

Be the One Tailgate Party (5:00-7:00 PM)

Pie the Homecoming Candidates (6:00 PM)


THURSDAY

Homecoming Elections Online (ALL DAY)

Round Dance and Berry Soup and Bread (12:00 PM)

Bonfire and Hot Dogs (9:00 PM)


FRIDAY

2nd Annual Glow Run 5K (8:00 PM)


SATURDAY

Lights Football vs. Southern Oregon (1:00 PM)

Homecoming Dance (9:00 PM)

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Chamber's Ag Appreciation Banquet put on Hold for 2014
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - For the past 17 years, the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce's Agri-Business Committee has held an Ag Appreciation Banquet to say thank you to the local producers in our area.

Typically, the banquet is held in late September at the Ice Dome, but the new minor league hockey team will be occupying that space for the next couple of months. The Committee decided to not hold a banquet this year, but Vice President Cathy Gregoire says the event will return in 2015.

"Yes, we will be back next year, and we're going to do it in conjunction with the Northern Ag Research Center's 100-year celebration, and it will be on July 1st of 2015."

While there may not be a banquet this year, the Committee will still present their annual scholarship to MSU-Northern students focused on a degree in agriculture.

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New MSUN Student President Seeks Input on Issues
HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) - Montana State University-Northern has a new student leader for the 2014-15 school. Andrew Potter, a sophomore majoring in business with a minor in accounting, is serving as the Student Senate President this year. He has a number of projects that he'd like to see through, including a potential restructuring of some of the student fees that are paid each semester. Potter says there's no better time than now to try and implement some changes.

"This year is the year that we're able to bring the fee changes to the Board of Regents as a school. And so, the Student Senate plans on working with the students in trying to get as many students' feedback with the current fees we have."

Potter says there are currently 22 different fees students must pay, and that a decision will be made sometime this spring.

The Senate also held an open forum recently for students and faculty alike. The main subject of the forum was a proposed initiative that would make Northern a tobacco-free campus. This debate has featured proponents and detractors on both sides, and Senate President Andrew Potter says that everyone does their due diligence before making a decision.

"We need a good solid 80% of the people to really make a solid decision, and so at this point in time, we're just gathering information and we'll continue to gather information probably throughout the year."

Last spring, students voted 76 to 60 in favor of making the campus tobacco-free. However, those numbers only represented 16% of the student population, so the decision was tabled until further discussions could take place.

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