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 Opinion    February 1, 2016

Iowa is 92% White: State's American Indian Population is 0.5%, But That's Not the Whole Story

The media surrounding the Iowa caucuses reduces the story to one basic theme: Who’s winning and what does that win (or loss) mean for the New Hampshire primary? Lost in that coverage is a thoughtful discussion about issues and policies. So we get political promises that might fit better in cartoons than in governing papers. My ideal? Presidential campaigns would focus on policy, not the politicians, and the first votes would be cast in states...

 
 Opinion    February 1, 2016

Cannabis in Indian Country – A Year Later…

A little over a year ago, the Department of Justice released the infamous “Wilkinson Memo” containing DOJ policy guidance to U.S. District Attorneys on Marijuana in Indian Country. Chaos ensued. Media and industry began shouting “Marijuana is legal in Indian Country!” from the rooftops. Tribal leaders were swarmed by tribal members demanding that marijuana be immediately legalized. State and local jurisdictions were worried about the...

 
 Opinion    January 29, 2016

To the winter whiners in Washington: Get over it

When we were children coming of age in our Minnesota suburb, a snowy forecast came with a ritual series of events for me and my two siblings. We jumped out of bed — much faster than on a typical school day — eagerly perched ourselves in front a television and watched with great anticipation the scrolling list of school closings. Then, no matter how cold the thermometer read or how buried our yard was in powder, we would pull on our snow...

 
 Opinion    January 22, 2016

Latino, Asian and Native American actors aren't at the Oscars, either

Oscar diversity is more than a black and white issue. It's widely known that the Academy Awards failed to nominate a single nonwhite actor in 2016 (or 2015, for that matter). Though that discussion has largely focused on the exclusion of black actors, the Academy Awards' record has a serious dearth of any type of diversity. Conversations about inclusion can easily extend beyond the lack of black nominees to Latino, Asian, Native American and...

 
 Opinion    January 20, 2016

The American diet: Engage brain before operating mouth

Recently, I watched a woman set a carton of Land O’Lakes Fat-Free Half-and-Half on the conveyor belt at a supermarket. “Can I ask you why you’re buying fat-free half-and-half?” I said. Half-and-half is defined by its fat content: about 10 percent, or more than milk, less than cream. “Because it’s fat-free?” she responded. “Do you know what they replace the fat with?” I asked. http://www.startribune.com/the-am...

 
 Opinion    January 18, 2016

The Fry-Bread Indicator

Many historians believe that the down-fall of many great civilizations, such as the Mayan, Roman, Carthage, and others, could have been predicted by early "indicators". We know the Native American civilizations of what is now America; have under-gone tremendous changes, but our nations still remain. However, I believe there are "indicators" pointing to our eventual down-fall. Possible "indicators" that come to most everyone's mind would include...

 
 Opinion    January 18, 2016

Powwows and Sundances are not the same

Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), August or Wasuton wi (Moon when all things ripen), of 2015 proved to be an absolute scorcher! As with all things, “some like it hot--some like it cold.” Although record heat blanketed our area this past summer, not only is it a time when things ripen but it is a time when Indians like to Pow-wow. One of our most important and sacred ceremonies, the Sundance, is held throughout Indian country as well....

 
 Opinion    January 18, 2016

The only way to get ahead in life is through education

Education is very important. I believe the only way we can get ahead in today’s society is to finish school. An education is the most potent weapon you can carry today. An educated Lakota can be on the same intelligence level as anyone else in this world. To master the educational system of the oppressor is an extremely effective form of protest, in my opinion. You can use your college degree to fight the system put in place to keep you in a...

 
 Opinion    January 12, 2016

A guide to the 2016 elections for Indian Country

1. Ten reasons why every American Indian and Alaska Native should vote Why vote? It takes planning, some time, and the rewards are not always visible. The same problems will surround American Indians and Alaska Natives before and after the election. Identifying reasons to vote. Examples big and small that show how we can make a difference. 2. What would democracy look like if Indian Country’s voices were included What if Indian Country had a...

 
 Opinion    January 11, 2016

Heal, Women and Sisters! You Are Not Alone!

One of my brother’s earliest memories is of him watching me in my father’s van while our father drank out by the river. My brother said I was only a baby, and he didn’t know if my dad would come back, so he sat in the cold van, feeding me an empty bottle. The trauma within my family runs deep and wide, and we’ve been healing for years. Part of that healing is telling the story, regardless of its implications concerning culture or...

 
 Opinion    January 11, 2016

Crazy White People Are the New Native Americans: Woody Guthrie, Ammon Bundy & Donald Trump

“We won't leave until these lands have been turned over to the their rightful owners, more than 100 ranchers and farmers used to work this land, which was taken illegally by the federal government.” - Ammon Bundy, Ironic Philosopher "Will we let ourselves be destroyed in our turn without a struggle, give up our homes, our country bequeathed to us by the Great Spirit, the graves of our dead and everything that is dear and sacred to us? I know...

 
 Opinion    January 8, 2016

State of the unions: Let public school teachers decide if they want representation, or not

If I’ve learned anything from the three generations of public school teachers in my family, it’s that they have strong opinions about education policy — and that they entered teaching to promote student, not personal, enrichment. While teachers might disagree about education policy and about policymakers telling them how to do their jobs, most teachers are in the classroom because they care about helping all students live up to their...

 
 Opinion    January 5, 2016

Darrell G. Seki Sr.: Doing what is best for Red Lake

Throughout the process, the Red Lake Tribal Council and I have one goal: to do what is best for Red Lake. Once the pipelines were built in trespass decades ago, without our knowledge, our options became limited. As tribal chairman it is my responsibility to uphold and adhere to all tribal laws, codes and Council resolutions. In 2010, tribal resolution 199-10 was passed that mandated that the Chair...

 
 Opinion    January 4, 2016

Whitewater River fish kill: State agencies feign helplessness

Just before Christmas, Minnesota state agencies issued an alarming report about an agricultural watershed in trouble. But instead of analysis and recommendations to protect the watershed, the agencies took a reticent approach (“Major fish kill to remain a mystery,” Dec. 23). The 367-page report of the fish kill investigation in the South Branch of the Whitewater River has a familiar theme: Move along, nothing to see here. The unified...

 
 Opinion    December 31, 2015

How we respond to rape

I will always remember 2015 as the year that I was raped. This year has held immense suffering for me and has provided me a window into the suffering so many in our community endure surviving rape. But there have also been victories worth celebrating this year: watching my rapist, Alec Neal, be held accountable (“Minneapolis man gets 12 years in rape of ex-girlfriend,” July 29), proposing a memorial for rape survivors in the Minneapolis...

 
 Opinion    December 29, 2015

My self-employed life: Why Minnesotans like me choose freelancing

The first thing I did when I woke up this morning? Twenty minutes of hide-and-seek under the covers of my bed, with my 8-month-old son and my nearly 3-year-old daughter laughing maniacally. In the last two months, I’ve baked two cakes, a dozen muffins and one batch of brownies. I’ve even rolled out at least 80 Play-Doh “pie crusts” with my industrious daughter, Ruby, who loves to follow “wessipes” and say “check!” after we place...

 
 Opinion    December 29, 2015

First Nations chiefs rewarded for lack of transparency

The other week the federal government chose to lift sanctions and restore salaries for the 43 First Nation chiefs that were not complying with the First Nations Transparency Act and withholding basic financial information from their members and the Canadian public. The First Nations Transparency Act requires chiefs to publicly release the band’s audited financial statements as well as chief and councillors salaries, thereby informing First...

 
 Opinion    December 28, 2015

Amicus: Judging Tribal Courts

A little over a decade ago, a Choctaw Indian boy working in a Dollar General store says he was sexually abused by his supervisor. But when his family filed a lawsuit in the Choctaw tribal court, Dollar General objected, arguing that Indian courts don’t have jurisdiction to hear tort cases against non-Indians. The case worked its way up to the Supreme Court, where it was argued earlier this month as Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi...

 
 Opinion    December 24, 2015

My self-employed life: Why Minnesotans like me choose freelancing

Twenty minutes of hide-and-seek under the covers of my bed, with my 8-month-old son and my nearly 3-year-old daughter laughing maniacally. In the last two months, I’ve baked two cakes, a dozen muffins and one batch of brownies. I’ve even rolled out at least 80 Play-Doh “pie crusts” with my industrious daughter, Ruby, who loves to follow “wessipes” and say “check!” after we place each “ingweedient” on the kitchen table, real...

 
 Opinion    December 18, 2015

The Ridiculous 6 proves Hollywood still has 'an Indian problem'

Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous 6 is awful. It's important to state that first, as I'm about to devote a lot of words to this film, and I wouldn't want the volume to be misconstrued as an indication of quality. There is little redeeming here, as the film is as offensive as you've likely already heard and as uninspired a movie as I've seen, always reaching for only the most obvious and well-worn clichés to populate its intended, but utterly...

 
 By Mohisha Vasa M D    Opinion    December 16, 2015

The Value Of A "Bad" Gift

Who hasn’t received that gift…the vacuum cleaner, ugly sweater, or pack of batteries? None of us has escaped the experience of receiving a gift that is unwanted. We all know the disappointment, the let down, sometimes even anger towards the gift-giver! As the holidays approach, well meaning friends and family members may similarly give our children gifts that they just don’t like. Our kids may want a stuffed animal, but instead receive…a...

 
 Opinion    December 16, 2015

The road to the White House is paved with the Native vote

It’s easy to get confused by this year’s campaign for president. If you get information from watching television or from Internet rumblings, you might think Republicans are driving toward a massive victory. And why not? Donald Trump packs thousands of people into every one of his rallies and the television ratings for G.O.P. debates are ginormous. So this must be the Republican year, right? The problem with that narrative is that it misses...

 
 Opinion    December 14, 2015

The Dance of Turtle Island: NFL's Vikings Honor Native Heritage Month

On November 22, the Minnesota Vikings organization hosted a special halftime event at TCF Bank Stadium in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. In front of 52,000+ fans, the RedBone Singers and Dancers performed in a historic performance – the first time that the Vikings featured a halftime show with Native American dancers. Although the halftime show wasn’t televised nationally, the Vikings later released a video of the dance...

 
 Opinion    December 10, 2015

America's biggest threat is Trumpism, not terrorism

It is happening here. With his call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” Donald Trump has crossed an uncrossable line of bigotry and xenophobia. The Republican front-runner presents a clearer, more present danger to U.S. interests than the supposedly threatening Muslims he seeks to exclude. He is a one-man recruiting tool for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. This was not Trump off the cuff, a...

 
 Opinion    December 8, 2015

Native candidate takes a big stand on gun violence

The news cycle often defines the political story. So instead of a thoughtful conversation about climate change, or last week’s vote in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or even guns and violence, we turn on the television and terrorism dominates our discourse. This is where the narrative of fear trumps the data. Yes, terrorism is a problem. And It’s frightening. But it’s hardly the most important (or deadly) one that this nation...

 

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