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 Opinion    July 24, 2014 

Editorial counterpoint: 'Effective' teaching? First, meet basic needs

I am a veteran teacher of 26 years in Minneapolis schools. My students are arguably those “underachieving” students of color who apparently (“Effective teachers for all? Yes, please,” editorial, July 22) are receiving an inferior education due to the poor teaching that they are encountering every day....

 Opinion    July 22, 2014

'Effective' teachers for all? Yes, please.

Just as children’s ZIP codes shouldn’t determine the type of public education they receive, neither should family income dictate the quality of their teachers. But too often in America’s schools, both problems occur....

 Opinion    July 18, 2014

Why aren't the schools teaching about the IRA form of government?

The disenchantment and what appears to be apathy or even seditiousness toward the Indian Reorganization Act system of government have become “normal” among many voters in my home district. This voter consensus seems to come from the fact that they are continually reminded, via tribal council actions, of their powerlessness to correct government....

 Opinion    July 15, 2014

A boneheaded move on congressional travel

Who says Congress can’t get anything done? If it’s a policy change that makes it more difficult for the public to track politicians’ free trips — and if this vote for “reform” is done in secret — bipartisanship abounds and it’s full-steam ahead....

 Opinion    July 15, 2014

A Rebuttal to Duane Champagne's Recent Piece on Disenrollment

In a recent piece for Indian Country Today Media Network, titled "The Debate Over Disenrollment" by UCLA Indian Studies professor Duane Champagne, we who have been disenrolled from Pechanga were aghast at the inaccuracies. Read more at

 Opinion    July 11, 2014

Boys Scouts Order of the Arrow Guilty of Cultural Appropriation, By Ozheebeegay Ikwe

My boys have been enrolled in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts for the past few years. Until recently, it has been a good experience for them. They’ve made good friends and learned some valuable life skills....

 Opinion    July 11, 2014

Al Jazeera Blew It on 'Payday Nation'

Al Jazeera America’s recent series “Payday Nation” had so much promise to get the facts right and tell a side of the story which has been woefully underrepresented in the world of partisan media and painfully biased reporting. That promise unfortunately fell flat. Read more at

 Opinion    July 10, 2014

Children remain vital to our survival as nation

In the early part of contact with whites our very young Lakota children were taken and put into boarding schools to brainwash them....

 Opinion    July 8, 2014

hy Hasn't Obama Visited California's Tribes?

President Obama made headlines this past Friday with his “first” trip to an Indian reservation as president. Indian Country Today noted that his “trip to Standing Rock [was] the first visit to an Indian reservation by a President since Bill Clinton visited the Navajo Nation in 2000.” The Washington Post elaborated on this theme, noting that before Clinton, one had to go back to Franklin Roosevelt’s visit with the Eastern Cherokee in...

 Opinion    July 7, 2014

Reservation parochialism not the answer

President Barack Obama has come and gone....

 Opinion    July 7, 2014

The British View the War of 1812 Quite Differently Than Americans Do

As we look forward to celebrating the bicentennial of the “Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key, I have to admit, with deep shame and embarrassment, that until I left England and went to college in the U.S., I assumed the words referred to the War of Independence. In my defense, I suspect I’m not the only one to make this mistake. Read more:

 Opinion    July 7, 2014

The Institutional Racism Against Black Indians

Black Indians are constantly confronted with the fact that they do not fit any of society's stereotypes for Native Americans. Those stereotypes are imposed by both whites and sadly, other Indians. This lack of understanding of another nation’s history has interwoven ignorance thus extinguishing fact. Nevertheless, despite their own distortions and mutations of the past, it is interesting to note how the right to remember or forget are not...

 Opinion    July 7, 2014

Virginia revisits its barbarous past by coercing a citizen to be sterilized

One of the worst blots on Virginia’s history is the decades-long, state-sponsored barbarity known as eugenics — the effort to forge a scientifically enhanced race purified of what some considered inferior genetic stock. Former governor (now Sen.) Mark Warner acknowledged the disgrace that led to the forcible sterilization of some 7,000 people deemed feebleminded, epileptic or in some other way unfit to have children....

 Opinion    July 7, 2014

Everyone Wants to Be an Indian, But Nobody Wants to Be an Indian

The title is paraphrased from a comic bit from the legendary Paul Mooney. He actually said "Everyone wants to be Black but, no one wants to be Black." By that he meant that people from other cultures like to take bits and pieces from Black culture but don't want the experience of being part of that culture. I think it applies to Native culture today more than ever and it is worth asking the question, why? Read more at http://i...

 Opinion    July 2, 2014

Breakdances With Wolves: When Hip-Hop Came to Indian Reservations

Looking back, it kinda reminds me of this '80s movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which some dimwit inadvertently drops a Coca-Cola bottle from an airplane flying over a remote Indigenous African community....

 Opinion    July 2, 2014

How some Native Americans are embracing renewable energy

If I told you about a place where almost 40 percent of the people live without electricity, over 90 percent live below the poverty line, and the unemployment rate exceeds 80 percent, you might be picturing a rural village in Africa or some other developing country. However, this community is actually within US borders. I’m talking about the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Lakota. Native American reservations are...

 Opinion    June 30, 2014

Indian (yet not 'an' Indian)

“We’ve got a real Indian with us this Thanksgiving!” Read more at

 Opinion    June 23, 2014

What happens when the Great White Father is black?

The president wasn’t here very long June 13, and he did just one thing in the state, in a place few North Dakotans have ever visited. It is not clear just why he came or what will come of it. I wasn’t there, but I have friends who were there, and their reports are fascinating....

 Opinion    June 23, 2014

herapists Must Recognize and Treat Historical Trauma

The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that rates of co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse, especially alcohol, are higher among Native Americans, and that the suicide rate among the Native population is 50 percent higher than the national rate. Studies have found rates of depression ranging from 10 to 30 percent higher among Native people. Read more at

 Opinion    June 23, 2014

"Fashionable bigotry" creeps into Twin Cities theatre scene

I went to see 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' by Minneapolis Musical Theatre, not because I wanted to give the show any ink, or because I thought I'd have anything more to add, but because the controversy surrounding its treatment of Native people was relevant to a topic I've been tracking. In short, this was a show that pitted an emo version of America's seventh president against a bunch of white people playing Indians. They were resplendent in...

 Opinion    June 23, 2014

Bering Strait Theory, Pt. 2: Racism, Eugenics and When Natives Came to America

In Part 1 of our exclusive series we examined how the discovery and examination of the ancient Mexican skeleton, Naia, has led scientists to once again rethink the origins of American Indians. Read more at

 Opinion    June 19, 2014

The Murder Investigation Roiling North Dakota's Oilfields

In the summer of 2012, I flew to North Dakota to write about the strange events happening on an Indian reservation, which, thanks to advances in fracking technology, was gushing oil. As I soon learned, scores of problems were bubbling up with the crude, including lawsuits, environmental scares, a surge in crime, and questions about where all the oil money was going....

 Opinion    June 19, 2014

How Many Minorities Make a Majority?

Honest politics practiced between the Indian nations and the colonists must always be, or should always be, coalition politics. This is necessary not only because we are less than one percent of the US population, but also because we are not now and never have been a united one percent, more’s the pity. Read more at

 By George L Askew MD    Opinion    June 16, 2014

My Father's Story: Taking Control of Your

My dad’s a lucky guy. It was 10 years ago that my dad, a relatively young, thriving, robust, gregarious, independent and proud African American man, suffered a large stroke. It might seem strange to have me say he was lucky - but he was. My dad was many things, but as you might have noted, “healthy” wasn’t one of them. While from all external indicators he looked great, he was a ticking time bomb. His blood pressure was so high that it...

 Opinion    June 16, 2014

Counterpoint: Too soon to trash 'focused instruction' in Minneapolis

The June 7 article “ ‘Focus’ is failing to deliver” presented early impressions of a two-year-old effort by the Minneapolis public schools to improve educational outcomes by more tightly determining and sequencing the content of instruction. The article suggested that “focused instruction” is associated with lower academic achievement. Unfortunately, the claims were supported by rather sketchy “analysis,” with no real clear...

 Opinion    June 16, 2014

The Dangerous Dissent in State of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community

On May 27, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision in the case State of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. A five justice majority issued a ruling that works in favor of the Bay Mills Indian Community. While a great deal of commentary is likely to be focused in the majority decision, this column is about the dissent by justices, Thomas, Alito, Ginsburg, and Scalia, and their tacit acknowledgment that a system of domination has...

 Opinion    June 13, 2014

Mike Tyson: What's the Difference Between Washington 'Redskins' and 'Black C**ns'?

The Washington "Redskins" is no less offensive than a team name like the Washington "Black Coons," said Mike Tyson at a Turning Stone Casino Resort event on June 5. Read more at

 Opinion    June 11, 2014

Who matters most in schools? Who inspires?

I quit. I’m outta here. Adios. Auf Wiedersehen. Yep, after 20 years of schooling and teaching in the K-12 educational system, I’m done. Well, OK, so it’s not as dramatic as it sounds. Next fall, I’m moving on to a teaching position in a university education department. Now I’ll be teaching teachers about teaching. It’s a big leap, and one I’m excited about, yet as I say my goodbyes to K-12 staff and students, I find myself...

 Opinion    June 11, 2014

Unfinished Business in Indian Country

Last month, a report revealed that 97 percent of complaints of abuse submitted to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resulted in “No Action Taken.” The immense push for transparency and accountability in the U.S. Border Patrol that followed compelled the CBP to release a review of its own use-of-force practices and adopt a new policy handbook to revise its abusive practices. Although an improvement, further analysis is necessary to...

 Opinion    June 10, 2014

Is This Shirt 'Racist'? A Tribe Called Red Threatened With Boycott

Ian Campeau, better known as Deejay NDN of A Tribe Called Red, is an outspoken cultural critic, both as official mouthpiece of the DJ trio and a twitter provocateur. Campeau was instrumental in getting the Nepean Redskins football club to change its name (they're now the Nepean Eagles), and sports mascots is one of his favorite topics to discuss. Read more at

 Opinion    June 10, 2014

Concurrent Jurisdiction Continues to Fail the Oyate

Tribal Council Report to the Oyate...

 Opinion    June 9, 2014

How the war on coal would hurt Minnesota

The June 4 political cartoon lampooning supporters of coal demonstrates an insensitivity and ignorance that is shared by Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL when it comes to the issue of climate change and the supporters of coal as a source of energy....

 Opinion    June 9, 2014

American Indians still struggle 90 years after citizenship

Ninety years ago, Congress granted American Indians the ironic right to become citizens of their own land. Read more:

 Opinion    June 6, 2014

On My Upcoming Trip to Indian Country

Six years ago, I made my first trip to Indian country. I visited the Crow Nation in Montana—an experience I’ll never forget. I left with a new Crow name, an adoptive Crow family, and an even stronger commitment to build a future that honors old traditions and welcomes every Native American into the American Dream. Read more at

 Opinion    June 6, 2014

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the Secretary of Health and Human Services

I applaud the strong, bipartisan majority of Senators who today confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as America’s next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sylvia is a proven manager who knows how to deliver results, and over her career she has built deep relationships with Democrats and Republicans alike. I’m confident Sylvia’s unparalleled experience will serve her well in her new role as she works to ensure the safety of our food and...

 Opinion    June 2, 2014

Anishinaabeg are an economic force in Bemidji

Anishinaabeg are an economic force in Bemidji Bemidji is losing its sense of community. Bemidji has become an economic hub that thrives on the poverty of the Anishinaabeg. This city is essentially taking advantage of social service programs, low-income subsidies and fines from Anishinaabeg that have been criminalized by poverty by discrimination. Racist discrimination stimulates a large portion of Bemidji's economy. Thousands of us working class...

 Opinion    May 28, 2014

The VA crisis and Obama: Poor management, again

We don’t normally expect our presidents to pay close attention to how long veterans are being asked to wait for care in the vast medical system run by the Department of Veterans Affairs....

 Opinion    May 28, 2014

Anderson: DNR's prickly decision on barbless hooks ignores the obvious

A famous guy from Hibbing — not Kevin McHale — once sang “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.’’...

 Opinion    May 23, 2014

Indian schools suffer from federal neglect

The federal government runs two K-12 school systems: one for Department of Defense employees and service members and the other for Native American children. The two systems are separate, but it’s increasingly evident that they’re far from equal — a disturbing situation particularly in the Upper Midwest, which has one of the nation’s biggest clusters of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools spread across Minnesota, North Dakota, South...

 Opinion    May 22, 2014

Pipeline protest harms First Nations

First Nations activists must stop harming the future prosperity of average First Nations people....

 Opinion    May 21, 2014

Wisconsin's Native Americans enduring their own Great Depression

For those who have lived on or near Native American reservations in Wisconsin, the problem of high unemployment is nothing new. But for those who have never seen it for themselves, it can be quite startling to see such poverty in a First World country. What's more astonishing has been the lack of appropriate action on the part of our state government....

 By Congressman Collin Peterson    Opinion    May 20, 2014

A grateful nation remembers those who gave all

June 6, 2014, marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the first day of the invasion at Normandy. Our country will long remember those Americans who bravely gave or risked their lives for a worthy cause. I would like to recognize the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces during World War II and the millions more who supported them at home. Throughout my congressional career, I have made it a priority to ensure that our men and women in...

 Opinion    May 20, 2014

Time to Help Families Still Waiting for Cobell Second Round

It has been a year and a half since the federal courts finally gave the go ahead to the Garden City Group to distribute the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement to American Indian and Alaska Natives who were wronged by the United States failure to live up to its trust responsibility. So far, 293,000 Indians across the country, many of who are members of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation, have received copy,000 checks from the Garden City Group...

 Opinion    May 19, 2014

The Declaration of Independence-Except for 'Indian Savages'

The most sacred document wherein the U.S. celebrates its Fourth of July holiday, the Declaration of Independence, is known for having some of the most revolutionary words in history in regards to the equality of men who at the time had been forever accustomed to having caste-like systems whether it be Empires, noblemen and serfs, or a monarchy rule the American colonialists lived under....

 Opinion    May 14, 2014

Don't be fooled by higher graduation rates

The U.S. government reported the highest high school graduation rate in the nation’s history last month. In 2012, 80 percent of all American students received diplomas — an important milestone in efforts to reduce troubling dropout rates....

 Opinion    May 12, 2014

Anderson: Blue sky for fishing opener, with plentiful walleyes

CRANE LAKE, Minn. – Given the rain and snow that slanted sideways in this part of northern Minnesota on Friday, Saturday’s emergence as a promising day to begin the state’s fishing season seemed unlikely. But there it was at dawn Saturday, a clear sky, with breezes too gentle to ruffle even the needles of the red and white pines that bracket the shorelines of this stunningly beautiful border lake. All who awakened here took note of the...

 Opinion    May 12, 2014

'Siouxper Drunk' Shirts Worn at the University of North Dakota's Springfest

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, a Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota man posted this picture to my Facebook wall:...

 Opinion    May 12, 2014

Celebrating the Schimmel Sisters' Mother: Cecilee Moses Taught Them to Love Themselves

March Madness continued into April this year for American Indians who became captivated as they watched the Schimmel sisters take their Louisville Cardinals to the NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship game in New Orleans....

 Opinion    May 9, 2014

Anderson: Tomorrow's walleyes from today's DNR stocking

When Gov. Mark Dayton fishes Gull Lake near Brainerd on Saturday, he might catch a walleye born not of its waters but conceived instead in a bowl and hatched in a jar — a product of the complex fisheries science that underpins the state’s ambitious walleye stocking effort....


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