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The Native American Casualties of US Immigration Policy

Ophelia Rivas: My name is Ophelia Rivas, but my family knows me as Ilya. You know, the place where I come from is beautiful land. We've lived there for centuries and we have a way of life that we've followed for all those years. We continue parts of it right now, but the political effects that are imposed on our...

 

Letter to the Editor about Hunger

Disaster can strike anywhere. Hurricane Harvey has shown us that we are all vulnerable to circumstances beyond our control, and safety net programs like SNAP (formerly food stamps) can help families through a crisis. I recently had the opportunity to speak before members of the House Agriculture Committee at at Farmfes...

 

Editorial: Savanna's death should have us all asking questions

One week ago, on a beautiful late-summer evening, the body of 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was found on the east bank of the Red River north of Fargo-Moorhead. It was bound in plastic and duct tape, a final disrespectful act perpetrated by those who seemingly saw her as only a vessel for the baby she...

 

Congressman, Native American: When political correctness runs amok -- erasing our history doesn't change it

The conversation happening in our nation in light of recent events is more about political correctness than the issue at hand. Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and terrorists are bad people. The ideals of these groups are in opposition to everything our nation stands for and everything that holds true to our founding...

 

Obesity in Indian Country Is Mostly the Same; Why That's Incremental Progress

The most fundamental question about government is this: Does it work? When does government — tribal, state or federal — actually make a difference in our lives? There are two ways to answer that question, data and story. Data tells what happens over time, a reference point that ought to provide the proof of...

 

Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over

The Trump presidency ended yesterday. “… Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee,” Donald J. Trump said. “I’m not talking about...

 

Dos and Don'ts for Democrats Ahead of 2018 and 2020 Elections

I’m going to state this clearly and simply for the Democratic Leadership in Congress, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Super-Delegates, DNC National Leadership and DNC State Leaders. This is about what you should do and what you should not do for the 2018 and 2020 Elections. https://indianc...

 

Tulsa World editorial: Federal court blocks state prosecution of American Indians in Creek 'reservation'

A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals really upset the state’s legal apple cart Tuesday, when it ruled that Oklahoma criminal courts in the 11 counties of the Creek Nation don’t have jurisdiction in cases involving American Indian defendants or victims. All we could say when we read that was:...

 

Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September

September is going to be a mess. Congress must sort out some really complicated fiscal issues. There is the budget, an increase in the debt limit, how much to spend on federal programs and services, and, if there’s time, tax reform. This should be easy in a one-party government. Republicans come up with a budget...

 

Op-Ed: Go Outside and Give Your Trees the Once-Over During National Tree Check Month

It's August, and that means it's time to check your trees - maple, ash, birch, poplar, willow - to make sure they are healthy, strong, and pest-free. We know the damaging effects emerald ash borer and gypsy moth can have on our tress. During National Tree Check Month,...

 

Trump is breaking the federal government's promises to Native Americans

When Republicans made yet another unsuccessful attempt to take away healthcare from millions of Americans last month, Native Americans, specifically Alaska Natives, worked to ensure that Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted against the plan, sealing its defeat. They fought against the “skinny repeal” because they understood...

 

Native Americans deserve better

As I ended a road trip to America’s majestic Southwest, I came away with some unexpected feelings, including some I already believed and others that were surprising. I flew to Las Vegas then drove back through Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming before entering the far less visually exciting “Great...

 

Our View: Law meant to protect tribal kids could put them in harm's way

An odd child custody case involving a local family could have nationwide implications. Lake Havasu City attorney Brad Rideout, working with the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, filed an appeal last month to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that seeks to terminate the parental rights of the mother of his clients. So...

 

What part of police shootings are the chief's fault?

Attention to the police shootings of recent years has finally found a scapegoat in Janeé Harteau. Her resignation as Minneapolis police chief on Friday at Mayor Betsy Hodges’ behest signals one of two things: an attempt at changing the culture of the Minneapolis Police Department to a more restrained response, or a...

 

Mark Trahant: Republican health care reform bill impacts Indian Country

The Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate majority’s health care bill — the ironically titled “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” — ought to be enough to put to rest any idea that Republicans want to improve health care in this country. There are legitimate conservative ideas about how to...

 

On the 141st anniversary of Custer's well-remembered demise, why is California genocide forgotten?

The following essay appeared last year on the 140th anniversary of one of the most discussed conflicts in U.S. history. And one of the most distorted. I am repeating it with a few tweaks—MB. ••• ••• ••• Today marks the 141st anniversary of the Little Big Horn Battle, known as Custer’s Last Stand...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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