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 Opinion    August 23, 2016

The most powerful tool is in the Media

Attila the Hun was a legendary military leader who spread fear and devastated lands far and wide from the Black Sea through the Mediterranean during the rule of the late Roman Empire. He was dubbed “Flagellum Dei” or “Scourge of God.” This article is not going to be about Attila, it’s going to be about the current Oglala Sioux Tribal Treasurer and her recent action to cause our Wakpamni District Council members to be removed from office. During the Oglala Sioux Tribes 2015/2016 John Steele and Tom Poor Bear administration the tribal...

 Opinion    August 22, 2016

The slums of Big Sky Country

My wife and I recently had the opportunity to tour a few Western states and it gave birth to a flood of stirring thoughts – it was perceptive insight that one can only reflect upon by being in the presence of such a great witness. During our trip we drove past the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation along I-90 in South Dakota, home to Oglala Lakota Native Americans since 1889. Today it consists of 3,469 square miles of land, larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined. As we drove past I couldn’t help but notice the large trailer park that...

 Opinion    August 19, 2016

Is it ever OK for a white person to wear a feather headdress?

Every year, at music festivals across the country, white people come equipped with flash tats, face paint, sunscreen, bottles full of vodka water and, unfortunately in some cases, they bring a feather headdress inspired by a culture that is not their own. They may think the feather headdress goes with their "hippie festival look," but that doesn't mean it's OK to wear. In fact, for many, it's downright offensive. Many different cultures have their own version of the headdress, from areas in the Caribbean and Africa, but headdresses that are...

 Opinion    August 16, 2016

Are there even any Republicans in Indian Country?

A question I am often asked: Are American Indians and Alaska Natives only Democrats? Of course not. There are Native Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, and Independents. Yet the data show that the vast majority of Native Americans vote for Democrats. And run for office as Democrats. Of the active candidates on my #NativeVote16 boards there are 75 Democrats, 14 Republicans, and 4 independents (or no affiliation reported). But if you look at history, there are a lot more American Indians and Alaska Natives who have won office under the...

 Opinion    August 15, 2016

Our view: Cayuga Nation must resolve to end internal feud

The leadership dispute at the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York has had many noteworthy twists over the past several years, and last week certainly qualified as another. A couple of Cayuga Nation members could be seen sitting under a tent near the entrance to the Finger Lakes Drive-In with signs promoting the sale of cigarettes. They stored the tobacco products on some land behind the drive-in, accessible by a newly created access road to the west of the drive-in ticket booth. And the men behind the operation executed a real estate transaction...

 Opinion    August 15, 2016

Indian Health Services Can't Be Fixed Overnight

When the United States government signed treaties with Indian nations in the 1800s, it established a trust relationship to provide certain funding and services in exchange for tribal lands. But for nearly 200 years, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health care has been chronically underfunded. This has led to systematic challenges with disastrous results. It is time to fix this. It will take strong leadership and support from Tribes, Congress and the Administration to change the culture within the Indian Health Services (IHS) agency....

 Opinion    August 12, 2016

Native candidates advance in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Chilah Brown won her bid to represent the Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in this fall’s general election as a candidate for the state Senate. She defeated Bob Passons 657 to 462. Brown is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. She is challenging Republican Andrew Mathews in the general election. There are a six additional Native Americans running for the Minnesota Legislature. These candidates did not have primary opponents. Democrats Rep. Peggy Flanagan, Jerry Loud, Rep. Susan Allen, Jamie Becker-Finn, and Mary...

 Opinion    August 12, 2016

Tough women like Hillary Clinton deserve a chance

Even if she wins the office of President, Hillary Clinton will find that she still is bumping up against a barrier; not a glass ceiling but a barrier of greater expectations and demands than any man would have to face – on her intellect, abilities, judgement and ethics, and even her morality. She is facing that now, and has endured it for the past 24 years she has been in the national spotlight. Take for example, the Trump epithet “Lyin’ Hillary” is reviewed in a New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof, who challenges the...

 Opinion    August 5, 2016

How Washington Is Regulating American Indians To Death

Most Americans take property rights and law enforcement for granted. But Americans living on Indian reservations can’t do that, according to New York Post columnist Naomi Schaefer Riley. Riley is the author of “The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians,” released by Encounter Books on July 26. In the book, she exposes how Washington’s regulation of American Indians has led to intense poverty and crime on Indian reservations. “One of the tribal legislators I spoke with actually said to me, ‘We are the...

 Opinion    August 5, 2016

Jim Northrup's son recalls his father's gifts of language

Jim Northrup, an Ojibwe writer, poet, and performer will be laid to rest in a traditional Anishinaabe ceremony Friday morning in his hometown of Sawyer, Minn. Northrup died of cancer on Monday at age 73. Son Matthew Northrup said a major part of his father's legacy is his lifelong effort to preserve the Ojibwe language. When his father was a child, teachers at an infamous Indian boarding school forced him to forget the indigenous tongue. "They beat the language out of him," Northrup said in an interview with Tom Crann, host of All Things...

 Opinion    August 1, 2016

#NATIVEVOTE16 – August is a Make or Break Month for Three Native Candidates

Pakootas: “Winning Requires a Big Effort” August begins with eight Native American candidates for the U.S. House and Senate. But that number is likely to shrink when the month comes to a close. Three candidates are on the ballot: Democrats Joe Pakootas (Colville) in Washington’s 5th Congressional District,Victoria Steele (Seneca) in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District; and, Republican Shawn Redd (Navajo) in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. The first of these primary elections is in Washington. Votes will be counted on Tuesday,...

 Opinion    August 1, 2016

The story is far from over for Senator Bernie Sanders

Vermont casts 22 votes for its senator, Bernie Sanders. A minute later, Sanders asks the rules be suspended and that Hillary Clinton be nominated by acclamation. And so the Bernie Sanders’ chapter comes to an end. The question is, “what’s next?” Let’s explore this from a couple of different points of view. What’s Sanders’ story going to be? What’s he going to do to advance causes that are progressive? And, more important for my readers, what will he do to improve life in Indian Country?

 Opinion    August 1, 2016

Tribal governments often discourage the free press

One of the benefits of working at a dude ranch in Montana is meeting guests from all over the world who to come to experience the wilderness and western way of life. Recently, one of them at the Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch was Dr. Rod Camp, presently the Phillip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont McKenna, California. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Smithsonian and among many other things is a frequent consultant to national and international media, i...

 Opinion    July 29, 2016

For Hillary Clinton: A milestone reached, a message delivered

Hillary Clinton fulfilled the ambitions and dreams of generations of women on Thursday night when she became the first woman to accept a major-party nomination for president of the United States. It is a moment that marks a welcome milestone in this country, whatever the outcome in November. Clinton’s speech was a reflection of her: direct, to the point, a summation of the challenges she’s tackled over a lifetime. The details must come, but Clinton hit on the issues most concerning to Americans: better jobs, more opportunity, a focus on ter...

 Opinion    July 26, 2016

As convention begins, Democrats try to clean up a mess

Before it was even gaveled in on Monday, the Democratic National Convention started on the wrong note, with a damaging leak of e-mails that cast the party in the worst possible light and threw further doubts on the veracity of the nominee it is supposed to showcase this week. Democrats were right to remove Debbie Wasserman Schultz from her role in the convention, and her resignation as DNC chairwoman is a needed first step. But that can’t be the only repair work. The DNC’s mishandling of the primary has been flawed from the beginning,...

 Opinion    July 25, 2016

The Drive: Road rage a serious threat to everyone

I was on the way to play in my sand volleyball league on a recent Thursday, sharing the freeway packed three lanes wide with evening rush-hour commuters heading out of downtown. Traffic was moving at a reasonable pace for 5:30 p.m. Then a menace appeared. A motorist two lanes over used the left shoulder to speed around another driver, then darted into traffic and abruptly slammed on his brakes. The irritated motorist retaliated by gunning it as he shimmied along the skip stripe between commuters in left and center lanes to get ahead of the...

 Opinion    July 22, 2016

The Right To Smoke Deadly Cigarettes

The human race suffers from many different types of cancer. We have lost many of our relatives to cancer. Today, many Lakota people are cancer survivors due to chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States. In fact, the American Indian Cancer Foundation estimates that lung cancer rates can be 83% higher among our people. More men and women die from lung cancer than they do from any other form of cancer. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state “Cigarette smoking is responsible for...

 Opinion    July 8, 2016

First, let's get the facts on police shootings

This won’t be fun to write. It’s no fun, of course, to take the side of letting the facts direct our opinions, even if that makes the most sense. You know what’s fun? It’s fun to let our imaginations take over, to theorize and suppose, to fit every square peg of a news story into our round-hole point of view. To know what happened - and why, of course - without having to really know.

 Opinion    July 8, 2016

What it's really like to be a native american teen today

Like a lot of recent American high school graduates, I spend way too much time on Twitter, I'm a huge Lady Gaga fan, and I can't wait to go to college in the fall. But instead of spending my first few days of summer break going to the beach or partying with my friends, I'm in the midst of taking part in a Bear Dance, a four-day-long healing ceremony where we sing in our traditional Athabaskan language and dance in a wild, heavily wooded part of New Mexico. It's an amazing time to get away from the burdens of technology and actually have a...

 Opinion    July 5, 2016

Op-Ed: Benjamin Franklin on the savage American Indians in the 18th century

America had an Indian Savage problem. Before July 4, 1776, the day the USA declared its independence, savage Indians, history records, would sneak into homes of new immigrants from Europe, and brutally stab to death sleeping men, women and children, who never did the least harm to the Indians. History records that these Indians would boast of their heinous cruelties at night-long campfire celebrations. This was Amalek in America. The Amelek that attacked the Israelites after the Exodus were a true horror. The Indians attacked defenseless women...

 Opinion    July 5, 2016

Did a Fear of Slave Revolts Drive American Independence?

Binghamton, N.Y. — FOR more than two centuries, we have been reading the Declaration of Independence wrong. Or rather, we’ve been celebrating the Declaration as people in the 19th and 20th centuries have told us we should, but not the Declaration as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams wrote it. To them, separation from Britain was as much, if not more, about racial fear and exclusion as it was about inalienable rights. The Declaration’s beautiful preamble distracts us from the heart of the document, the 27 accusations...

 Opinion    July 4, 2016

Why BIA can't hire enough cops in Montana

The fatal beating, choking and burning of Roylynn Rides Horse, a 28-year-old Crow Agency woman, has rekindled outrage over violence on Montana Indian Reservations. Now that citizens on and off the reservations are paying more attention to public safety needs in these rural, impoverished communities, one dangerous bureaucratic obstacle has become glaringly apparent: It takes a year to decide to put just one new Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer on patrol. On Monday, Crow Agency Police Chief Jose Figueroa told a Crow Tribal Judicial...

 Opinion    July 4, 2016

McLean: No Trial, No Justice For My Cousin, Jenna Lynne

On September 23, 2014, Jenna Lynne Marsden, my cousin, died in a Winnipeg hospital after being brutally beaten two days earlier by her common law husband, Erwin Spence. Spence finally had his day in court on June 20. Jenna’s family had been told earlier that there would be no trial because a deal had made between Spence and the Crown. Our family was promised they would be happy with the deal, so we went along with the court date because we felt the Crown had been acting in favor of the victim, my cousin, Jenna Lynne. Read more at...

 Opinion    July 1, 2016

Why I drive to Wisconsin to buy the really good fireworks every summer

Independence Day, 1987. My dad had some fireworks stashed in a greasy brown paper bag in the garage. I’d known about them for weeks and begged him to set a few off. He was hesitant because, well, I was 4 years old. Putting me near baby dynamite probably was a bad idea. But I was a pest about it and he gave in. I remember he walked me to the far side of our small yard, parking me by the birch. “Sit right here and don’t move,” he told me. As he slowly walked to the other side of the yard to prep the pyrotechnics in the driveway, I plugged...

 Opinion    July 1, 2016

Don't let politics get in the way of our children's education

Congratulations to Debra Boyd (460 votes) and Sandra K. Dillon (457 votes) for a successful election to the Todd County School Board (TCSB). These ladies have many years of experience. Both have worked in the school system serving our students as professional educators. They also bring their expertise as mothers and grandmothers to their positions. There were 5 other candidates who ran for 2 open positions on the TCSB. Candidate Linda Bordeaux received 427 votes, only 30 less votes than school board member elect Sandra K. Dillon. Obviously,...


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