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 Opinion    August 26, 2015

Cover-up of residential school crimes a national shame

“I remember being in the dining room having a meal. I got sick and through up on the floor. Sister Mary Immaculate [Anna Wesley] slapped me many times and made me eat my own vomit. So I did, I ate all of it. And then I threw up again … Sister Mary Immaculate slapped me and told me again to eat my vomit. … I was sick for a few days after that.” The speaker is the Rev. Andrew Wesley, a survivor of St. Anne’s Indian Residential School in...

 
 Opinion    August 25, 2015

Parents are overreacting to football risks

As people across Minnesota lament the passing summer, many will find consolation in the coming fall. Comfort food, crisp weather and vibrant foliage make their return. Coziness is just a sweater away, and the truly stylish will revel in their expanded wardrobe options. Fall also seems to bring people together in ways that other seasons can’t. Perhaps it’s due to the dropping temperature. One thing is for sure, though — the arrival of...

 
 Opinion    August 24, 2015

Where Is Our MLK for Disenrollment?

The death of civil rights icon Julian Bond last week gets me off the dime on commentary I resolved to make on my series of articles about the disappearance of thousands of Indians at the hands of other Indians in the disenrollment epidemic. Bond, poet and politician, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Poverty Law Center, was a force of nature on the level of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in lamenting...

 
 Opinion    August 24, 2015

Activist says President Jackson was 'Trump of his era'

Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, is getting it from all sides these days. Women are trying to boot him off the $20 bill in favor of a well-loved female figure like Eleanor Roosevelt. A bill was introduced in Congress in April to do that in advance of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gives women the right to vote. Jackson’s also under attack in an exhibit that opened last fall at the Smithsonian’s...

 
 Opinion    August 21, 2015

Could Menominee tribe end Wisconsin's reservations about pot?

One of the most amazing things to watch during my lifetime has been the growth of earning power of Native American tribes. I have had great admiration for the establishment of casinos and gambling operations, both in a commercial sense and a moral sense. Let's face it, we white guys didn't bother to think about the tribes when we got here and decided this would be our home. Plus, the tribes have proven to be major charitable funders in the...

 
 Opinion    August 20, 2015

DFL Leader Thissen Op-Ed

Think back to a year ago. Your mailbox was starting to fill up with political mailings. The radio and TV airwaves were soon to be cluttered with political ads. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of outside money was poured into this district to influence your vote - much of it from secretive groups that don't disclose their spending thanks to a loophole in Minnesota's campaign finance laws. Everyone was frustrated. Ultimately, that deluge of...

 
 Opinion    August 17, 2015

Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Urge Immediate Improvement to Health Care Services At Indian Health Service Hospital In Nebraska

The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) is composed of the sixteen elected Tribal Chairpersons and Presidents of the sovereign treaty tribes and nations located in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Our organization was formed to protect the Treaty rights of its member tribes, to advocate for common tribal goals and to insure that the Federal Government lives up to its legal obligations and trust and treaty...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2015

Mandela, I'm Not: The Taxing Life of a Mother Coping With Trauma

“Not everyone can be like Nelson Mandela. Some of us are just ordinary,” I explained to a younger relative who was complaining about my mother’s challenging behavior and lack of motherly love towards the family. I told her that my mother was raised in an Indian boarding school with precious little experience of family life or examples of good parenting skills. The mere fact that she actually stayed around and tried to mother us at all was...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2015

Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline Report: A Native Perspective

I had my first pelvic exam at age 13 in a juvenile detention center. It was a frightening, humiliating experience. There was no mother, auntie or other supportive female present to guide me and explain the procedure. Afterwards, as my fellow inmates and I stood naked in a line to receive uniforms, the nurse told us that the doctor had been especially disgusted by our lack of hygiene. I was a runaway and had been sleeping rough for several nights....

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2015

Giving our youth opportunities to succeed

In my last column I talked about the Toby Eagle Bull Classic skateboarding competition and how beautiful of an event it is. This year was no different as hundreds of youth from all across the reservation descended upon the Toby Eagle Bull Memorial Wounded Knee Four Directions Skate Park in Pine Ridge. Although, I have enjoyed helping my family put on the competition each year, this year, I came to the realization that there is a skateboarding mov...

 
 Opinion    August 10, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Something to think about before you cast your vote on the MandatoryReferendum Vote

Please think about this before you vote on the sale of alcohol at casinos off the Reservation. In the past at several meetings with the Red Lake Chairman, I have heard our people asking “where is our payment.” With a “no" vote, you are throwing your payment money out the window, along with the money that can help the Reservation. You are letting other people rake in money that could help you. Why not collect money that will be freely given...

 
 Opinion    August 10, 2015

11th Cir. Holds Long Hair May Impair Prison Safety

(CN) - Native American inmates in Alabama are not entitled to a religious exemption to wear their hair long, the 11th Circuit ruled. In 1993, four male Native American inmates of the Alabama Department of Corrections challenged the department's policy requiring inmates to wear a "regular hair cut," defined as "off neck and ears." They argued that the policy violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, because wearing long...

 
 Opinion    August 6, 2015

What's the deal with the walleye crisis on Mille Lacs?

Want to be a DNR fisheries biologist at Mille Lacs because you think you can solve the walleye crisis there? OK, give it a try — but first, you must acknowledge the complexity of the challenge. The DNR’s official position is that netting of walleyes in spring by eight Chippewa bands doesn’t harm the lake’s population of these fish. That might be true, based on various measured criteria. But other factors must be considered....

 
 Opinion    August 5, 2015

Three steps DNR can take to repair relations with Mille Lacs area

High on the Department of Natural Resources should-do list is repairing relations with Mille Lacs area business owners, launch operators and anglers who fish the lake. This might be more difficult than restoring Mille Lacs walleyes to historical levels. Three items the DNR might consider: http://www.startribune.com/three-steps-dnr-can-take-to-repair-relations-with-mille-lacs-area/320716421/...

 
 Opinion    July 31, 2015

Anderson: Mille Lacs revival plan requires bold strokes from governor

Gov. Mark Dayton’s trip to Mille Lacs today to discuss the lake’s walleye collapse and to explore financial and other help for area businesses caught in its downdraft is a positive step. Some will say it’s too little, too late, and that a Mille Lacs rescue visit was needed years ago, if not by Dayton, then by Gov. Tim Pawlenty or, before him, by Gov. Jesse Ventura. http://www.startribune.com/mille-lacs-revival-plan-requi...

 
 Opinion    July 30, 2015

Counterpoint: If it can happen to Mille Lacs ...

Commendably, the Star Tribune’s July 26 editorial (“Rescue plan needed for suffering Mille Lacs”) attempted to put fair and reasonable context around the unsettling news that one of Minnesota’s most popular lakes is suffering to the extent that fishing for the prized walleye will almost certainly be banned for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, earlier reporting and a column by outdoors writer Dennis Anderson (“Why Mille Lacs fishery...

 
 Opinion    July 29, 2015

Don't let rundown Indian schools fall victim to congressional gridlock

The national spotlight on northern Minnesota’s dilapidated Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School over the past year has yielded something all too rare in today’s polarized political age: common ground. In congressional hearings focusing on the plight of the Bug school and other deteriorating Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools across the nation, Republican and Democratic lawmakers strongly agreed that conditions at these schools are...

 
 Opinion    July 28, 2015

Race remains an issue for police in Rapid City

The Rapid City police Department has created a brand new position whose duties will partly be to head up a new Cultural Advisory Committee that “will represent all races and cultures, with an emphasis on representing the Native American members of our community,” and that will “meet regularly to provide support, input, cultural understanding, and achievable recommendations to advance beyond the RCPD’s current working relationship between...

 
 Opinion    July 28, 2015

Naked and afraid? Sixteen Republican candidates compete to survive

What do you do with sixteen candidates? It’s a thorny problem for Republicans. Why’s that? Because right now one of those candidates, Donald Trump, is loud enough to drown out all the other “major” candidates. Wouldn’t it be fun if the nomination contest was more like a basketball tournament? Then top-seeded Donald Trump would battle 16th seed Ohio Gov. John Kasich a battle of ideas. Or how about dropping the bunch in the jungle Naked...

 
 Opinion    July 27, 2015

Anderson: Looking for walleyes? Try Leech Lake

ON LEECH LAKE – A child of Mille Lacs, Steve Fellegy nonetheless was at home on this lake the other evening. A clear blue sky stretched from horizon to horizon and the slightest breeze riffled the lake’s surface. Nearby, a sailboat lay at anchor, while in another direction, wake-boarders went airborne. Others swam. Fellegy and I fished. Nomadic as they need to be, people have forever hustled to stay ahead of the game. Plains Indians chased...

 
 Opinion    July 23, 2015

Walleye shutdown shows failure of management plan

Minnesotans who don’t fish are incapable of knowing how emotionally and in some cases financially exhausting the dramatic turn of events Tuesday will be for Mille Lacs walleye anglers and the businesses that depend on them. The prospect of walleye fishing ending for the year on Mille Lacs — announced Tuesday as likely in early August by the Department of Natural Resources — would have been unimaginable as recently as five years ago. And...

 
 Opinion    July 21, 2015

Increased Broadband Access Critical for Our Rural Communities

Last week President Barack Obama launched a new program called ConnectHome, which will expand broadband access for the rural communities and make high-speed Internet more affordable for low-income families. He made the national announcement in Durant, Oklahoma, the headquarters of our neighboring tribe, the Choctaw Nation. The ConnectHome initiative is a partnership between the White House and the Department of Housing and Urban Development...

 
 Opinion    July 21, 2015

Racist public symbols in the US go far beyond the Confederate flag

“Hey, hey, hey, goodbye!” That’s the sound that could be heard around the South Carolina statehouse grounds last week as the state honor guard lowered the Confederate flag once and for all. But have we as a country really said “goodbye” to public displays of racism? The Confederate flag in Columbia, South Carolina was but one example of a symbol that had imbued a public space with a heavy air of racism. In light of the debate at the...

 
 Opinion    July 16, 2015

Native Americans in Beer Advertising - a Look at Beer History

From time to time, I like to throw a little history your way. Most of what you read regarding the history of beer culture is about as valuable as your Uncle Charlie espousing his theory on how to fix the national debt, handle ISIS, or turn the Bears into a dynasty. Roll your eyes and move on. In truth, I could write 50 pages on the history of American beer culture without blinking an eye. I spent about 16 weeks of graduate school preparing a...

 
 Opinion    July 14, 2015

For Native Women, High Price of Rape Goes Untold

STILWELL, Okla. (WOMENSENEWS)-- For six years Brendan Johnson served as U.S. attorney for the State of South Dakota. During his time as federal prosecutor, Johnson says fully 100 percent of the women and girls engaged in the sex trafficking industry were victims of rape and-or sexual abuse earlier in their lives. "We had an underage girl from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota who was picked up in Sioux Falls and wound up in a sex ring,"...

 

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