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Trump Will Repeal and Replace It!

President Trump had the blueprint down for ending tribal sovereignty long before he went into politics. My hope was that we would be so far down his priority list that he would not get around to us. A column by my colleague Lynn Armitage tells me that was a vain hope. She quotes Deswood Tome as asserting that our statutory citizenship is different than constitutional citizenship to our detriment. That was once true in one sense. It could be taken away. It was conferred without our request and it theoretically could be taken back in a similar...

 

A President Unlike Any Since, Well, Andrew Jackson

The year started with the Cherokee Nation winning its case in the U.S. Supreme Court, only to be followed by a message of “so what?” from President Andrew Jackson. Boudinot’s home was slated for auction by the state of Georgia; the idea being that settlers would then force Cherokees to flee their own homes. And, Boudinot resigned his job as editor of The Cherokee Phoenix because he believed the Chief John Ross was dictating the newspaper’s positions. He wrote: “I do conscientiously believe it to be the duty of every citizen to...

 

Snapshots from the nation's press

Thankfully, the "Wheel" controversy has come full circle. The "Wheel" itself — 10 red porcelain trees astrologically placed outside the Denver Art Museum in homage to important American Indian religious sites and ceremonies — makes a statement about breaking the cycle of America's mistreatment of Native peoples. How relieving it was, then, that the recent dust-up and subsequent resolution of plans to physically move "Wheel" embodied the spirit of how to honor commitments to a group of people historically cast aside in consideration of...

 
 By Patt Rail    Opinion    January 2, 2017

PATT RALL COLUMN: May the New Year bring more sharing

Whether sharing an intellectual pursuit or just filling in history, the following individuals are pleased to offer their work to people who have long been interested in the topics. Local author, Michael Meuers, recently completed his completed biography, memoir, and remembrances of his more than 20 years working in public relations for the Red Lake Reservation. "Road to Ponemah: The Teachings of Larry Stillday" is an important book because of its explanations of the sacred gifts of the Great Spirit but it also documents comments by Tony...

 

Staying silent while the Oppressor Speaks

Indigenous people have the true voices in this land. It is voices and languages that flow, like a mountain stream, gurgling like infants. It is the voice of the river during the spring thaw when the voice starts to gain momentum. It is the powerful voice of the thunder beings signaling our people. Our voice is connected to and is one with the land. This is why the fraud of Boyden is causing the indigenous grief, anger and betrayal. Several writers have written either supporting or questioning the authenticity of Boyden’s indigenous claims....

 

Small Town Supports Red and White Coaches

When our people see someone they know having success on a national scale, they are naturally big fans. How many of us were rooting on Grand Coulee's Shane Proctor in the National Finals Rodeo in December? What number has followed the likes of NBA player Joe Harris of former MLB pitcher Jeremy Affeldt (both pro athletes that have played with or against tribal members)? In the community of Inchelium, there's a closer connection to a family which has made it into the pros. Eti Ena and his younger brother Justin, a former NFL linebacker, moved to...

 

20 Photos: My Seven Months of Living at Standing Rock

I arrived at Standing Rock in the very last days of May, alongside some comrades, at the request of Wiyaka Eagleman, the first firekeeper at Camp of the Sacred Stones and a founding member of the Keystone XL campaign. He had put out a call to folks in Indian Country for support, and I answered. Over the months, I have worked on the security and media teams and always had my camera. These images show some of the defining moments of the past seven months—some that made it to mainstream media coverage and others unseen until now. Among the...

 

How has sexual intercourse become so degraded?

I got 13 pages into the University of Minnesota’s report on football players’ sexual assault on a young woman last September before I had to stop for a time. Reading the account of football players piling onto a young woman in a teammate’s bedroom was like witnessing a deer brought down by one wolf and other pack members rushing in to tear off a piece of flesh. The young men jostled for position, asserted rights to “my turn” and assaulted her two or three at a time while she clutched a blanket to cover her naked body. Even wolves...

 

Protecting Minnesota's waters: If you don't get involved, the job won't get done

Much has been written about the divided electorate, the us vs. them story. But in Minnesota, there is one area where the electorate is unified. On the Saturday after the election I spoke at a lake association in southwestern Minnesota, in a Lutheran church beside a lake. The coffee was weak, the lemon bars delicious. President-elect Trump had won the surroundng county by 30 percentage points. As the meeting advanced, some issues began to emerge: Agricultural runoff and drain tiling practices were harming both water quality and fishing. Aquatic...

 

Dispatches From Dakota: Chasing The Pipeline Protest

I should have been asleep, but instead I yanked the sheets over my head and tried, for the tenth time, to record a clean take. “For NPR News, I’m Amy Sisk on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation,” I finally managed without coughing. A bad cold lingered after weeks of little rest, and the only quiet place to record was my smoky room at the tribe’s casino. I fashioned a studio of pillows and blankets for better audio quality. http://insideenergy.org/2016/12/16/dispatches-from-dakota-chasing-the-pipeline-protest/...

 

From Alcatraz to Standing Rock: Indigenous Resistance Has Always Been About Sovereignty

In 1970 my family took a car trip to the Colville Indian reservation in Washington State, driving over 1,000 miles from our home in Los Angeles to visit our Indian family. We passed through San Francisco, which at the time was the site of one of the earliest American Indian activist struggles, the Alcatraz Island occupation. Although I was only twelve and didn’t fully understand the relevance of the times I was living in, television images of young militant Native activists at Alcatraz, the Trail of Broken Treaties in 1972, and Wounded Knee...

 

Dakota Access pipeline: Mob rule triumphed over law and common sense

The Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil pipeline that starts in North Dakota and will route to Illinois, has been marred by a steady stream of misinformation and rumor. As governor of North Dakota, I feel it is important to share the facts of how the route was permitted through our state, as well as our North Dakota law enforcement’s exemplary management of protesters who have made national headlines. Many around the world have come to know this project as simply “DAPL,” and have used limited information shared through traditional and social...

 

Founders' fear of foreign influence is real again

Donald Trump has a problem that comes not from the cast of “Hamilton,” but from Hamilton himself. In Federalist 68, Alexander Hamilton deals with that odd, anti-democratic feature of our constitutional order, the Electoral College, which has dictated a different outcome from the popular vote in two of the last five presidential elections. The ultimate goal, he says, is to provide a check on “cabal, intrigue and corruption” — a threat he specifies as coming “chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in...

 

Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribes

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice to head the Department of the Interior. If confirmed by the Senate, she would managed federal lands, including those that produce energy, as well as national parks. She would be oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs. McMorris Rodgers has all the necessary qualifications: Pro oil and gas development? Check. Climate change skeptic? Check. Skeptical about federal land ownership in the West? Check. And, if you need one more check mark, her record in the House does...

 

Buckle up for a bumpy ride with Trump

What’s going to happen to Indian Country under the presidency of Donald Trump is anybody’s guess. Since he was born and raised in New York City we can rest assured that you could take all of his knowledge about American Indians and put it in a thimble. He was dead set against Indian casinos because they were competitors to his casinos in New Jersey. He eventually filed for bankruptcy on his casinos. How many Indian casinos went bankrupt? Only one that we know of and that was in the State of Washington. The things we do have to fear about...

 

Carrier deal: Good news for workers, good politics, but not sound economics

Once, on a visit to the French countryside, I visited the most beautiful, picturesque little country farm I’d ever seen. The farm produced an organic yogurt for the market and, ever the annoying economist, I asked my host how this boutique operation could compete with factory farms. “We couldn’t possibly do so,” he told me. The farm never came close to profitability and survived only because of deep subsidies. This revelation led to the inevitable compare-and-contrast discussion between the proud French farmer and the...

 

Women Are the Backbone of the Standing Rock Movement

I was sitting in a coffee shop in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the night it hit me: I had to go to Standing Rock to document all sides of the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline fight. This has happened before, a film choosing me, rather than me choosing it. Also familiar was what happened just four days later when I arrived at Standing Rock and realized that the story I had set out to investigate wasn’t the one that needed to be told. The first person I contacted was Pearl Daniel-Means, whose Lakota name is Iyoyanbya Izanzan Win, or “Bright...

 

The election really was rigged

A voting scandal of epic proportion tilted this election. The scam involved millions of people. No, I’m not talking about the recount the Clinton campaign joined in Wisconsin and may seek in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton and her aides were correct before, when they said voting fraud is rare. The recounts won’t change the election’s outcome. And after rightly criticizing Donald Trump for saying he might not honor the election results, Clinton and her aides, who admit they have no evidence of skullduggery, risk looking...

 

Trump on Twitter: More baseless claims by president-elect

Whether it’s petulance or a cunning attempt to spur voter suppression, Donald Trump’s irresponsible, unfounded claim that he would have won the popular vote but for the millions of “illegal” votes cast is a new low in a presidency that has not even formally begun. Trump has yet to name most of his Cabinet members. He has but eight weeks to assemble a new administration, prepare for his first congressional session and get ready to deliver the State of the Union address. Yet here he is, still obsessing about the outcome of an election...

 

Trump dumped his stock in the Dakota Access pipeline owner over the summer

President-elect Donald Trump sold off his shares of Energy Transfer Partners, the owner of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline that has become the focus of protests by Native American and environmental groups, according to his spokeswoman Hope Hicks. Trump’s share, which in a May 2015 disclosure was listed at between $500,000 and $1 million, had fallen to less than $50,000 by the time he sold it in the summer of 2016, according to a disclosure earlier this year. The sale would eliminate one possible conflict of interest for Trump, who...

 

After the election, make up: Smooth transition is the goal, but it's a two-way street

In 2004, I was dispatched to Florida’s Gulf Coast to help organize initial recovery operations in the wake of Hurricane Ivan. One of the crews assigned to me was filled by firefighters from Mississippi and Texas, and they cast a wary eye on their Yankee supervisor. From past experience, I expected the Civil War would come up. Sure enough, on our first lunch break, one of them casually mentioned “the War between the States.” I said, “Hold on, don’t you mean the War of Northern Aggression?” A burst of congenial laughter all around,...

 

Young tribal citizens barred from holding office

For the last few election cycles I have worked with a team of writers to select the candidates that the we felt were appropriate to endorse on behalf of the paper. During the Democratic primary I endorsed Bernie Sanders, but when he failed to win the nomination, I opted to sit back and observe. What has intrigued me the most about this year's election is the way so many people from my generation have openly employed the use of social media to impact the Oglala Sioux Tribal elections. Our generation was the first to grasp the power of social...

 

The Long Road Ahead: What Children Need From Us After the Election of Donald Trump

I woke the morning after the election with a sense of clarity, calm, and fierce love. My student Xiomara, who is Mexican-American, came up to me as soon as she entered my classroom, choking back tears. She asked, “Does this mean we have to put all the stuff in our house into bags?” I asked what she meant, and she started to cry. Through tears, she explained: “When my mom and I have to move back to Mexico.” She is 7 years old. For many of my Latino students, the world they woke to that morning was a terrifying place. It was a world...

 

Don't Join the Disenrollment Club

“I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.” – Groucho Marx In 2011, Cedric Sunray wrote a column here simply titled, “Disenrollment Clubs.” He opened with a quote about the Cherokee Freedmen, from Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilwoman Cara Cowan Watts: “This is not a club; you can’t just claim to be Cherokee and show up and be included.” Sunray then deconstructed her position, observing “disenrollments are not the work of the community at large, but rather those who control the power structures within...

 

Clinton failed to grasp discontent in the Heartland

If you’re still trying to make sense of the political earthquake of 2016 and happen to be reading this in Minnesota, just look east to a key Hillary Clinton firewall that crumbled on election night. It’s now clear that Clinton made a major strategic mistake by taking Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes for granted, last deigning to visit the state in April. Despite its purple hue, the strategy seemed a safe bet: President Obama easily won Wisconsin twice, by nearly 14 points in 2008 and by just under 7 in 2012. As Election Day approached,...

 

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