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Should Indian Nations Fear the Return of Termination Policy?

If anything brings Indian nations together to rally for treaty and self-government rights, it is the threat of termination or the return of termination policy. Few Americans have a clear understanding of Native American history and policy. And few have any background in the history and legal supports for tribal self-government and the role of Indian nations within the U.S. federal system. The present administration tends to view people of color as freeloading ethnic or minority groups. The actions to reduce federal aid and support for poor and...


New Passports for Native Americans

The brazen nerve of President Trump in having the painting of Andrew Jackson, not so affectionately known as “the Indian Killer,” moved into the Oval Office for prominent display set my mind working on why this would happen now. I have thought long and hard about a fitting response to the pain caused by the newly displayed Jackson painting in the oval office.


Bemidji Pioneeer: A legacy of Native American boxing

Imagine a car filled with young American Indian boxers on the White Earth, Leech Lake or Red Lake Reservation. They could be headed towards Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids or Bemidji. They are young teenage boys who may have not trained too well, have not eaten too well and who may be going up against a more fit experienced boxer. The voices of the boys are filled with timid enthusiasm. The coaches remind them again about saving their energy and not to go all out in the first round. They try to give them confidence. Some of them will be in the ring...


Why did voters listen to moneyed charter backers and not LAUSD teachers?

To the editor: A few days after two charter school proponents were elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, something hit me: Do voters not understand that United Teachers Los Angeles, whose preferred candidates were defeated, is actually made up of teachers and other education professionals? (“How L.A.'s school board election became the most expensive in U.S. history,” May 21) As a teacher of more than 20 years, I took this vote personally. Was it just about the money? Why don’t the voters trust me and the...


Trump White House enters a new state of denial

The latest self-inflicted crises at the White House confirm the deepest fears about President Trump’s judgment and self-discipline. As the nation was still digesting news that Trump had divulged highly classified information obtained through an ally to top Russian officials, the New York Times reported Tuesday that the president had suggested that then-FBI Director James Comey end his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn.


Trump Is Audaciously Trying to Privatize Native American Land

Each day, we the people are forced to endure something profoundly horrific being committed by Trump. And since Republicans' only concern is maintaining their grip on power, they could care less what damage their president does to their constituents. We've already seen scientific, environmental and social groups get slaughtered by Trump's desire to enrich himself and his Wall Street pals. Now it's Native American tribes' turn.


Rethinking the Education Approach for Indian Children

If you are an educator of Indian children it is important that you know who these children are, what are American Indian values and how Indian children may learn! I have been an educator for 47 years. I have worked in schools on and off the reservation, I have found that there is very little taught, to this day, in most public schools about Indians. Most textbooks are void of anything about Indians. People are filled with stereotypes of what Indians are, be it savage or stoic. Many of these stereotypes come from the movies. Many Indian people...


Was Strip-Searched, But My White Cellmates Were Not

It has been four months since I was zip-tied by police and bussed with dozens of “water protectors,” or protesters from a snowy hillside on the North Dakota prairie to a county jail in Mandan, North Dakota. But the charges pending against me—criminal trespassing and rioting—have yet to be dropped, despite repeated public appeals made to Morton County that I was a journalist complying with police orders documenting protest activity that day. The campaign for press freedom surrounding my case continues, including today’s launch of...


Republican bill takes billions from Indian health care

How much does it cost to buy the vote of a ‘moderate’ Republican? Today the going rate is $8 billion. (And that, by the way, is more than ten times amount of money the Indian health system is at risk of losing if Congress enacts the “American Health Care Act.”) The $8 billion would fund a high-risk pool for individuals with pre-existing conditions. The idea surfaced Wednesday as an amendment from so-called moderate Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Billy Long of Missouri after a meeting with President Donald J. Trump. This pool of funds...


Rethinking the Education Approach for Indian Children

If you are an educator of Indian children it is important that you know who these children are, what are American Indian values and how Indian children may learn! I have been an educator for 47 years. I have worked in schools on and off the reservation, I have found that there is very little taught, to this day, in most public schools about Indians. Most textbooks are void of anything about Indians. People are filled with stereotypes of what Indians are, be it savage or stoic. Many of these stereotypes come from the movies. Many Indian people...


End the ridiculousness - put Tribal cops back to work

I read with much appreciation the police reports generated by law enforcement officers during the investigation of the homicide of Jason Stoltz. Jason was murdered on March 2, 2015. (See story in this edition beginning on page 1.) The incident occurred in the Bugg Hill neighborhood of the Mille Lacs Band Reservation. Naturally, Tribal police were the first on the scene after the 911 call came in. You see, that was back when Tribal cops were allowed access to the county emergency notification system. Tribal police were the closest to the scene....


Bill boosts spending for Indian Country -- for now

Congress has a spending plan. And it rejects most (but not all) of President Donald J. Trump’s priorities. It also includes more money for most federal Indian programs. But remember: This is a short budget. It’s only enough money to fund government operations through the end of September.


Will Inherent Tribal Court Authority Over Non-Members Survive Dollar General?

State, county and city governments are responding to the opiate crisis by suing the national manufacturers and distributors of these dangerous drugs. For the first time, an Indian tribe has sued prescription drug wholesalers and retailers in tribal court for damages related to addiction. On April 20, 2017, the Cherokee Nation filed a complaint in the District Court of the Cherokee Nation against the drug wholesalers and retailers that operate on the Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma. The lawsuit names national pharmaceutical distributors...


A Better Chance for Native Education

"It's just the epitome of broken," former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said of the Bureau of Indian Education's abysmal track record with Native American students. "Just utterly bankrupt." After Betsy DeVos' recent confirmation to the post Duncan held under Barack Obama, and with the GOP holding majorities in both houses of Congress, the federal government has a rare opportunity to accomplish some much-needed reforms to help children trapped in this system.


Indian Reservation Process Service Press Release

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, April 28, 2017 / -- Service of process on Indian reservations has long been a thorn in the side of United States process servers. Many service firms avoid Indian reservations altogether, while others approach the issue with trepidation, half-fearing that they are going to be chased off the reservation at bow-and-arrow point. My years of experience at John A. DeMarr P.I. have taught me that service of process on tribal lands needn’t be so intimidating. The matter can be approached rationally...


We lost a fluent Ojibwe speaker in Larry Smallwood

We lost another fluent Ojibwe speaker in Amik O’Gaabaw, Larry Smallwood, on April 11, 2017. Amik has forever been the emcee at powwows and other events and his voice and his sense of humor were familiar to anyone traveling the powwow circuit. When they heard his voice they knew they could call this place home, even if only for a little while. Skinny leg jeans, a Harley-Davidson jacket, cowboy boots, dark glasses and a cowboy hat worked to make him one of the coolest Indians anywhere.


Minneapolis school board flunks Governance 101

It’s a balance that an elected board must carefully strike in any organization: Members should understand how to be responsive to their constituents without micromanaging day-to-day operations. Good governance involves setting policy and working with top administrators to carry out those policies. The Minneapolis school board recently really blew that basic Governance 101 principle. During an April 18 meeting, board members were confronted by more than 100 angry protesters — including some MPS staff — who alleged that some educators of...


Former Native corporation exec alleges 'sham companies' get government contracts

The Afognak Village Corporation, with 1,000 shareholders, operates about two dozen companies with nearly 5,000 employees across the United States and overseas. Its national and worldwide reach with hundreds of millions in contracts grew from subsidiaries that qualify for Small Business Administration contracting preferences with the Department of Defense, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Air Force, the Navy, the Army, the Marines, the Coast Guard and other agencies.


Emvpanayv- One who tells the story

OKMULGEE, Okla. — This spring, there was a bit of a flap over the Prez traveling to the home of Andrew Jackson to pay homage to the 9th president of the expanding United States. In March, Trump laid a wreath on Jackson’s grave and gave a hand salute to his statue. “Old Hickory” had a few nicknames and among them was the phrase “Indian Killer.” In 1830, he signed the Indian Removal Act resulting in the Trail Of Tears for southeastern tribes.


The persistent Minnesota child-abuse problem

If you read the headline in the April 13 Star Tribune on how child-abuse reports in Minnesota rose by 25 percent in 2016, straining the state’s child-protection system — and asked, “Didn’t we already deal with this problem?” you wouldn’t have been far off the mark. The article reported that 39,500 Minnesota children were suspected of being abused or neglected, according to the state Department of Human Services (DHS); 2016 was the second straight year of sharp increases in such reports.


Manning: Dear Pepsi, Our Resistance is Not for Sale

Just hours after PepsiCo Inc. aired their activism-inspired commercial for Pepsi soda, the ad was pulled, prompted by instantaneous and widespread social media backlash. The commercial featured an activism story line, where Kendall Jenner, a rich, white, fashion model, is inspired to join a very generic demonstration, ultimately gliding straight to the frontline of police and offering one officer a can of Pepsi. The officer takes a drink, and the crowd cheers. Kendall Jenner safely retreats back into the crowd, smiling. Apparently, she just...


OP-ED: Protect Minnesota from invasive plant pest and diseases

Are you helping invasive pests spread in Minnesota or around our country? You may have heard that invasive plant pests and diseases are primarily introduced through commercial trade—that’s true. But once they are here, these destructive plant pests don’t move far on their own; they are mostly spread by us. Through our everyday actions—when we take firewood from home to our campsite, mail a gift of homegrown fruits or plants, or order plants, seeds or fruit online—we can contribute to the unintentional spread of any number of...


How I Learned to Take the SAT Like a Rich Kid

FLINT, Mich. — The summer before my junior year of high school, I boarded an airplane for the first time. Three hours later I was in picture-perfect New England, where I was soon to be surrounded by a diverse and extremely accomplished group of peers. I had been awarded a generous scholarship to attend the Phillips Exeter summer semester — five weeks of classes and sports, with some optional SAT prep mixed in. I’m from Flint, Mich., and even though I recently transferred to a private Catholic high school in my city, top tier-education is...


The Convenient Indian: How Activists Get Native Americans Wrong

INDIANS HAVE BEEN in all the headlines about the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. But unfortunately, most of the stories haven’t been about Indians at all. The protests included presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, and celebrities like Mark Ruffalo and Shailene Woodley, who was arrested last fall. Countless others took to social media to proclaim, “We Stand with Standing Rock. #waterislife.”


Why Is the Chicago Blackhawks Logo Okay but Washington Redskins Racist?

The Chicago Blackhawks finished as the top seed in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League and are set to play the Nashville Predators in the 2017 NHL playoffs. Game one of the series will be April 13, at 8 p.m. The Blackhawks lead the championship chatter as 4:1 favorites to win it all, though, one interesting question seems to be going unanswered–or even asked: Why isn’t Chicago taking heat for their Indian logo and name like the Washington Pigskins do? The club has been in the spotlight since winning the 2010 Stanley Cup,...


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