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Bureau of Indian Education, Indian Health Service and Others Labeled As 'High Risk'

Federal Indian programs, like Bureau of Indian Education and Indian Health Service, have been added to the “high-risk” category by the Government Accountability Office. That designation could not come at a worse time. The details. This is how the GAO defines its high risk identification: “The federal government is one of the world’s largest and most complex entities: about $3.9 trillion in outlays in fiscal year 2016 funded a broad array of programs and operations. GAO’s high-risk program identifies government operations with greater...

 

Lawmakers waste time on changing Columbus Day law

Lawmakers have just 120 days every other year to take care of business, and they are always complaining that there just isn’t enough time to get it done. Perhaps, just perhaps, that is because they spend an incredible amount of time in pointless, posturing, pandering paper pushing. http://mesquitelocalnews.com/2017/02/lawmakers-waste-time-changing-columbus-day-law/...

 

Trump thumbs his nose at tribal sovereignty

As President Trump steamrolls his executive order machine across this country, trampling on civil liberties and upending environmental protections, he risks getting derailed by the issue of tribal sovereignty. The status of American Indians goes beyond race, class and religion. As members of tribes, Indians are citizens of nations. There are more than 500 tribal nations, in fact. A century ago, when tribes ceded land and natural resources, even giving up their own culture in order to exist as nations, treaties were signed with the U.S....

 

Letter: White Earth should shoot down plans for Star Lake Casino

Shooting Star Corporation has plans to build a new casino, which will be the third one for the White Earth Nation, at remote Star Lake in Otter Tail County. It's a bad idea. Here's why: First of all, it's an environmental disaster. It would replace a beautiful, wild, untouched area with a commercial development that's not suitable in the area and where there's no infrastructure to support it. http://www.dl-online.com/opinion/letters/4209885-letter-white-earth-should-shoot-down-plans-star-lake-casino...

 

Moya-Smith: Right Now, Trump Is Acting More Like the Founding Fathers Than Hitler

Donald J. Trump has been called a lot of things. A bigot. A misogynist. A racist. And I agree with these descriptions of the new president. He’s earned those titles, especially given all he has spewed over the decades about women and racial minorities, and just about anyone he disagrees with, or who disagree with him. But Mr. Trump is also unoriginal. https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/culture/social-issues/moya-smith-right-now-trump-acting-like-founding-fathers-hitler/...

 

After sensible move on Keystone, Trump should be cautious on Dakota Access pipeline

President Trump’s first week in office included executive orders to revive two controversial pipeline proposals halted during former President Barack Obama’s administration. Trump’s move on Keystone XL, which will deliver heavy crude from Canada to U.S. refineries, is sensible and will boost public safety in Minnesota. His decision on the other, the Dakota Access pipeline spurring protests near a North Dakota Indian reservation, was premature. Trump should have first wielded his deal-making skills to defuse still-close-to-boiling-over...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the editor, Your area's new State Representative Matt Grossell came ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work on fixing Minnesota's health care crisis. As the chief author of the Health Care Emergency Aid & Access bill, I wanted to write to thank Rep. Grossell for his support of the bill which passed the House and Senate Thursday on strong bipartisan votes. Legislators know that health care has been on the minds of many Minnesota families, and I'm pleased to report we've delivered in the first month of session. Help is on the way. The...

 

Column: District 518 board members learn plenty at state conference

WORTHINGTON — Have you ever wondered where school board members get information about their roles and responsibilities and the decisions they make?  One place is the 96th annual Minnesota School Boards Association’s (MSBA) Leadership Conference, an event designed for school board members to add to their understanding and to hear and discuss new ideas in education.     Closing her remarks with “Let not our differences separate us but let them bring us together to do great things for our students,” Miranda Baird, the National School...

 

LETTER: Shame on you, Senator Klobuchar!

The U.S. Forest Service just signed off on transferring 6,650 acres of public lands in the Superior National Forest to PolyMet. That’s where the ore body is located that the company wants to mine – on public land, YOUR land. Senator Amy Klobuchar has some explaining to do. She sits on a committee that directly oversees Forest Service actions involving land exchanges and was petitioned by over 350 Minnesotans this past summer to push for congressional hearings on the matter. But she totally blew us off. This particular slice of the Superior...

 

Native Americans expect nothing good from Trump...

America's journalists are truly and deeply sorry for their behaviour during the election. They are sorry they failed to see the simmering animosity and racism that helped Donald J Trump take the White House. They are apologetic for staying within their own social circles and ignoring disparate points of view. They have asked forgiveness for misleading the public into thinking that Mr Trump could never hold office and pledged that when he takes office on Friday, they will hold him accountable, come hell or high water. Please … This behaviour...

 

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...

 

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