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 Opinion    July 31, 2015

Anderson: Mille Lacs revival plan requires bold strokes from governor

Gov. Mark Dayton’s trip to Mille Lacs today to discuss the lake’s walleye collapse and to explore financial and other help for area businesses caught in its downdraft is a positive step. Some will say it’s too little, too late, and that a Mille Lacs rescue visit was needed years ago, if not by Dayton, then by Gov. Tim Pawlenty or, before him, by Gov. Jesse Ventura. http://www.startribune.com/mille-lacs-revival-plan-requi...

 
 Opinion    July 30, 2015

Counterpoint: If it can happen to Mille Lacs ...

Commendably, the Star Tribune’s July 26 editorial (“Rescue plan needed for suffering Mille Lacs”) attempted to put fair and reasonable context around the unsettling news that one of Minnesota’s most popular lakes is suffering to the extent that fishing for the prized walleye will almost certainly be banned for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, earlier reporting and a column by outdoors writer Dennis Anderson (“Why Mille Lacs fishery...

 
 Opinion    July 29, 2015

Don't let rundown Indian schools fall victim to congressional gridlock

The national spotlight on northern Minnesota’s dilapidated Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School over the past year has yielded something all too rare in today’s polarized political age: common ground. In congressional hearings focusing on the plight of the Bug school and other deteriorating Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools across the nation, Republican and Democratic lawmakers strongly agreed that conditions at these schools are...

 
 Opinion    July 28, 2015

Race remains an issue for police in Rapid City

The Rapid City police Department has created a brand new position whose duties will partly be to head up a new Cultural Advisory Committee that “will represent all races and cultures, with an emphasis on representing the Native American members of our community,” and that will “meet regularly to provide support, input, cultural understanding, and achievable recommendations to advance beyond the RCPD’s current working relationship between...

 
 Opinion    July 28, 2015

Naked and afraid? Sixteen Republican candidates compete to survive

What do you do with sixteen candidates? It’s a thorny problem for Republicans. Why’s that? Because right now one of those candidates, Donald Trump, is loud enough to drown out all the other “major” candidates. Wouldn’t it be fun if the nomination contest was more like a basketball tournament? Then top-seeded Donald Trump would battle 16th seed Ohio Gov. John Kasich a battle of ideas. Or how about dropping the bunch in the jungle Naked...

 
 Opinion    July 27, 2015

Anderson: Looking for walleyes? Try Leech Lake

ON LEECH LAKE – A child of Mille Lacs, Steve Fellegy nonetheless was at home on this lake the other evening. A clear blue sky stretched from horizon to horizon and the slightest breeze riffled the lake’s surface. Nearby, a sailboat lay at anchor, while in another direction, wake-boarders went airborne. Others swam. Fellegy and I fished. Nomadic as they need to be, people have forever hustled to stay ahead of the game. Plains Indians chased...

 
 Opinion    July 23, 2015

Walleye shutdown shows failure of management plan

Minnesotans who don’t fish are incapable of knowing how emotionally and in some cases financially exhausting the dramatic turn of events Tuesday will be for Mille Lacs walleye anglers and the businesses that depend on them. The prospect of walleye fishing ending for the year on Mille Lacs — announced Tuesday as likely in early August by the Department of Natural Resources — would have been unimaginable as recently as five years ago. And...

 
 Opinion    July 21, 2015

Increased Broadband Access Critical for Our Rural Communities

Last week President Barack Obama launched a new program called ConnectHome, which will expand broadband access for the rural communities and make high-speed Internet more affordable for low-income families. He made the national announcement in Durant, Oklahoma, the headquarters of our neighboring tribe, the Choctaw Nation. The ConnectHome initiative is a partnership between the White House and the Department of Housing and Urban Development...

 
 Opinion    July 21, 2015

Racist public symbols in the US go far beyond the Confederate flag

“Hey, hey, hey, goodbye!” That’s the sound that could be heard around the South Carolina statehouse grounds last week as the state honor guard lowered the Confederate flag once and for all. But have we as a country really said “goodbye” to public displays of racism? The Confederate flag in Columbia, South Carolina was but one example of a symbol that had imbued a public space with a heavy air of racism. In light of the debate at the...

 
 Opinion    July 16, 2015

Native Americans in Beer Advertising - a Look at Beer History

From time to time, I like to throw a little history your way. Most of what you read regarding the history of beer culture is about as valuable as your Uncle Charlie espousing his theory on how to fix the national debt, handle ISIS, or turn the Bears into a dynasty. Roll your eyes and move on. In truth, I could write 50 pages on the history of American beer culture without blinking an eye. I spent about 16 weeks of graduate school preparing a...

 
 Opinion    July 14, 2015

For Native Women, High Price of Rape Goes Untold

STILWELL, Okla. (WOMENSENEWS)-- For six years Brendan Johnson served as U.S. attorney for the State of South Dakota. During his time as federal prosecutor, Johnson says fully 100 percent of the women and girls engaged in the sex trafficking industry were victims of rape and-or sexual abuse earlier in their lives. "We had an underage girl from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota who was picked up in Sioux Falls and wound up in a sex ring,"...

 
 Opinion    July 13, 2015

Overtime regulations: Obama plan looks good but won't raise wages

President Obama has pitched his new overtime regulations as a way to raise wages. However, even economists who support the change admit that’s unlikely to happen. Instead, they expect employers to cut workers’ pay by an offsetting amount. So how will this new overtime rule affect the economy? Primarily by forcing salaried workers to log their hours. That’s right — more work, same pay. Under federal law, all employees paid hourly rates...

 
 Opinion    July 3, 2015

Is it time to ditch the Minnesota flag?

I was wondering whether a long simmering controversy would reignite in the wake of the focus on the Confederate flag. Today. What’s the deal with this flag, Minnesota? http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2015/07/is-it-time-to-ditch-the-minnesota-flag/...

 
 Opinion    June 25, 2015

When Will U.S. Apologize for Genocide of Indian Boarding Schools?

The cultural genocide perpetrated by Canada's Indian residential school system was heavily influenced by the United States. When the Canadian government first sought solutions to the country's "Indian problem," back in the 19th century, it turned to the cruel yet expedient example set by its neighbor to the south. A member of Parliament, Nicholas Flood Davin suggested that Canadians model their efforts after those established by U.S. Army Lt....

 
 Opinion    June 22, 2015

OUR OPINION: Legalizing marijuana on reservations not viable solution

Some American Indian reservations were dry -- meaning alcohol sales were banned -- for decades until relatively recently. South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation was dry for 124 years before it lifted its prohibition in 2013. Why? Because some tribal members consider alcoholism a plague. At Pine Ridge, booze was finding its way onto that reservation and troubles followed. Oddly, a year after the ban was dropped, the tribe was among the first in...

 
 Opinion    June 22, 2015

'Indian Wars Period': Hundreds Awarded the Medal of Honor for Fighting, Killing Native Americans

At least 425 military men have been awarded the prestigious Congressional Medal of Honor for fighting or killing Native Americans, according to the U.S. Army Center of Military History. In a list titled, “Indian Wars Period,” names of the recipients are included along with their rank, the date and location of the campaign, and a brief description as to the reason the soldier was selected for the commendation. Read more at...

 
 Opinion    June 22, 2015

appy 50th Birthday, Head Start

This summer marks Head Start’s 50th anniversary, a historic milestone in our nation’s commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty and opening windows of opportunity to our most vulnerable children. I am among the 32 million Americans Head Start has served since its creation in 1965, and I can speak firsthand to the incredible difference early childhood education makes in a young life. My parents were grateful for the local Head Start program...

 
 Opinion    June 18, 2015

A new day now for Indian Country

On Tuesday, leaders from across Indian Country gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol for the New Day Now rally, hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development during our Reservation Economic Summit (RES). Designed to affirm and advance economic development for Native Americans, the rally also provides a venue to raise our collective voices to ensure our message is heard by policymakers. Following the rally, participants...

 
 Opinion    June 12, 2015

Media blurs reality of reservation

Well, it’s happening again on the Pine Ridge Reservation. At least four Lakota youth so far this year; another 17 in 2014. And that’s just those I’m personally aware of. I could list annual double-digit numbers for the nearly two decades I’ve been covering the homeland of the Oglala. I’m speaking, of course, about “P.A.A.C’s” — Personal Achievements And Coups. Whether in education, the creative arts, or a host of other areas,...

 
 Opinion    June 12, 2015

Mainstream Media Needs More Native American Journalists

We don’t have a lot of Native American journalists at mainstream newspapers, and that’s a problem, especially because we may not be that large in number but the jurisdictional and economic power of tribes is so significant. In states that are the heart of Indian country, such as Montana, New Mexico, and Arizona, I can’t believe that the local newspapers don’t have any Native journalists on staff, not only as a measure of community...

 
 Opinion    June 12, 2015

Ending Poverty in Native Communities: A Moral Responsibility

Six of the eleven poorest counties in all of America are in South Dakota, and they are all on Indian reservations. The poverty in these communities is historic, isolated, generational poverty, largely out of sight and out of mind to mainstream American society. In the past, the Oglala Lakota Nation – of which I am a citizen – had strong, sustainable regional economies that were built around a nomadic lifestyle of hunting buffalo, stewarding...

 
 Opinion    June 11, 2015

Nasal Spray Could Save Lives in Indian Country

The statistics are grim. Prescription drug overdoses are up for the 11th straight year, and according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 44 people die every day from a prescription drug overdose-- usually involving opioid painkillers. Increasingly, patients who become addicted to prescription painkillers turn to heroin as a cheaper equivalent. The surge in demand for heroin has led to a surge in the use of adulterants like fentanyl, which...

 
 Opinion    June 11, 2015

Canada Was Killing Indians, Not Cultures

In Canada’s residential schools, many Indigenous children were beaten, tortured, raped, medically experimented on, and killed. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) just released its Executive Summary Report on their inquiry into Indian Residential Schools finding that in Canada’s dealings with Indigenous Nations, it had engaged in a form of genocide and made 94 recommendations for action. The TRC’s mandate came from the...

 
 Opinion    June 10, 2015

Canada's treatment of aboriginals was shameful, but it was not genocide

I yield to no one in my fervour to make amends to the native people for violations of treaty rights and other mistreatment, but the phrase “cultural genocide,” as I wrote here last week in reference to the Chief Justice of Canada’s use of it in a speech given in honour of the Aga Khan, is deliberately provocative and sensational. We might as well accuse Canada and the United States and all countries built on immigration (ultimately almost...

 
 Opinion    June 8, 2015

What's next for Canada's First People?

First, they took away her name. Then they gave her a number. Bernice Jacks, a young student at a residential school in Kamloops, became Number 39. Wilbur Abrahams was sent to a school in Alert Bay, BC. He was designated number 989. Take away a child's name and replace it with a number and you have effectively effaced that child's identity. It's something of a cliché that in these frenetic times, we are all being reduced to numbers. But in the...

 

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