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 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...

 
 Opinion    June 8, 2015

Families Fight Native American Adoption Rules

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) - The Indian Child Welfare Act prevents Native Americans from choosing the best adoptive family for their children, parents and adoption agencies claim in Federal Court. The lawsuit from the National Council for Adoption et al. is not the first to challenge the constitutionality of the 1978 law and its enforcement by the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. At one time, the federal government went out...

 
 Opinion    June 4, 2015

Hartman: Favre likes future of Bridgewater

Brett Favre was in the Twin Cities to see friends and watch fellow Southern Mississippi alum Brian Dozier play for the Twins. He took time to sing the praises of Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and talk some football. “I think [Bridgewater] had a really good year, for a rookie, I thought he had a really good year,” the future Hall of Fame quarterback said. “I thought he played exceptional in college [at Louisville]. I had a chance to...

 
 Opinion    June 2, 2015

Native voters face a simple choice in Rapid City

Brandon Ecoffey, editor of Lakota Country Times, draws attention to the June 2 match-up between Rapid City, South Dakota, mayoral candidates Sam Kooiker and Steve Allender: Two men are running for mayor. One's platform contains the model way of incorporating minority populations into city government, while the other would have fit in with the Ferguson, Missouri police department. Mayor Sam Kooiker is the former. He moved to Rapid City from Iowa...

 
 Opinion    June 2, 2015

Sleeping with your phone? A peek at Internet trends

Do you sleep with your smart phone? Or first thing the next morning, even during the night, do you peek to see what’s new? If you are a Millennial — between 15 and 35 years old — the answers are likely, yes. Every year author and digital analyst Mary Meeker presents her view of Internet trends. Turns out Millennials look at the world differently, starting with the way they see smart phones. Nearly nine-in-ten (87 percent) say their phone...

 
 Opinion    May 29, 2015

Why Minnesotans should spend more time alone

Everything I learned about happiness I learned by being alone. I've felt it while stitting alone and eavesdropping on the stark contrast of two different first dates, one between 20-somethings and another between 50-somethings, at a cafe up North. I discovered it while eating alone at a tapas bar in Spain where everyone was obsessed with Ricky Rubio. At a mismatched coffee shop in Minneapolis. At a soup restaurant in Guatemala. At the base of a...

 
 Opinion    May 27, 2015

Juggling a delicate walleye balance

Over many years, too many walleyes taken from Red Lake by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and by sport anglers and poachers resulted in a collapse of the lake’s walleye fishery in the late 1990s. The Chippewa and the state responded by shutting down Red Lake walleye harvesting and intensively stocking the lake. Not until the summer of 2006 did the DNR again allow walleye fishing on the portion of Upper Red within its jurisdiction. About 83...

 
 Opinion    May 27, 2015

Red Tide is Turning Against Tribal Disenrollment

This spring there has been a surge of tribal public opinion against the practice of tribal disenrollment. The tide of tribal public opinion is dramatically turning on that non-indigenous mode of Indian self-termination, and those tribes and tribal leaders who extinguish their kin. Most recently, Marty Two Bulls drew and pubished this political cartoon: See more at: http://www.galandabroadman.com/2015/05/red-tide-is-turning-aga...

 
 Opinion    May 27, 2015

Recognizing Genocide and Moving Toward Liberation: Not Counting Mexicans and Indians, Part II

Truthout combats corporate power by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! The mass media continues to discuss instances of police violence in this country as aberrations, bypassing the larger systems that drive them. This line of thinking actually contributes to the national crisis we are living - a crisis that goes beyond "human rights abuses." We are dealing with crimes against humanity,...

 
 Opinion    May 26, 2015

Memorial Day 2015: What it means to be an American Indian veteran

“Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” These words are ingrained in us. We sing them proudly at ballgames, and BBQ’s, firework displays and ceremonies honoring the many occasions of celebration and remembrance that make us all American. Most likely choruses of our national anthem will be performed many times over this Memorial Day weekend in honor of our veterans. It’s America’s way of paying tribute for their service. This...

 
 Opinion    May 26, 2015

In Response to War of the Words: ICWA Hearings Reignite Ancient Battle Over Indian Children

Rarely, if ever, do I extend myself to a social media rant. This is primarily because I'm not sure that such things ever change opinions and belief systems. That said, I'm going to take a moment to do just that. Feel free to tune out—I won't be offended. Statements such as this one (from the May 21 ICTMN article, "War of Words: ICWA Hearings Reignite Ancient Clash Over Indian Children, Part 1") anger me: Read more at https:/...

 
 By Congressman Collin Peterson    Opinion    May 25, 2015

Peterson Op-Ed: Time to Get Serious About Transportation Funding

A few days ago, the House of Representatives passed another short-term, limited patch to address the growing funding crisis for transportation in this country. Meanwhile, shovel-ready projects in the 7th District stand idle. Time is of the essence. In Minnesota, our lingering, cold winters leave a short window for the construction season. Long-term certainty is the only way to ensure that local communities can have the time and flexibility they...

 
 Opinion    May 25, 2015

How One U.S. President Became a Native Advocate

Old tribal leaders will sometimes volunteer that the best time for Indian governments was during the Nixon administration. Richard M. Nixon, in his July 1970 address to Congress, asked Congress to honor Indian treaties, strengthen tribal governments, allow tribes to subcontract federal programs, and invite tribal communities to engage in decision making over their own futures. Nixon’s policy change toward tribal self-determination was a landmar...

 

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