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 Opinion    April 24, 2015 

Here's a budget plan for education to help all Minnesota students

Well-educated students are directly tied to Minnesota’s future success. That’s a key reason why the Star Tribune Editorial Board continues to beat the drum for closing the state’s unacceptable achievement gaps. At the beginning of this legislative session, we said lawmakers should focus on proven strategies to meet that goal — including improved instruction, quality preschool, and support services for children and families. To that end,...

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2015

Why Native Americans Are Outraged Over the Vatican's First Hispanic U.S. Saint

When I was confirmed in the Catholic Church, I took on a saint name. I chose Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, a Mexican Indian who was instructed by the Virgin Mary to pick flowers and carry them in his cloak. He obeyed, and when he released the flowers, the cloak miraculously bore the image of the Virgen de Guadalupe, Mexico’s most recognizable religious icon. This is the story of Mexico, the story of how an Aztec temple was broken down...

 
 Opinion    April 20, 2015

State cuts would hamper rural access to Internet

The world is not backing away from broadband investment, so why would Minnesota? Opportunity should not be limited by ZIP code. When it comes to broadband access, every community, every person, matters. Alice Topness matters. At age 77, Alice spends her mornings connected to other seniors via a virtual exercise class in Winona. Eddie matters. An aspiring coder at age 14, he shares his Ojibwe culture by creating mobile apps to inform and educate...

 
 Opinion    April 20, 2015

MN needs to offer more support to reservations

American Indian Reservations in Minnesota have been in the news recently with several state agencies promising various aspects of reform. First, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota voiced the concern that “economic development lagged on most reservations, leaving them as pockets of extreme rural poverty and underdevelopment.” Poverty is widespread on reservations, but the Fed is attempting to combat this with...

 
 Opinion    April 20, 2015

Native Americans own our water

In many articles published this year and last about drought and potential water shortages in Arizona, particularly involving the Colorado River, there's one thing the writers constantly omit: More than 51 percent of Arizona's annual entitlement to 2,800,000 acre-feet from the mainstream of the Colorado River is reserved for Indian reservations, under present law and court rulings. An acre-foot equals about 326,000 gallons. htt...

 
 Opinion    April 20, 2015

Marijuana Is Dangerous! Don't Let it Ruin Native Youth!

My name is John Guenther and I have been employed in many positions involving work with people impacted by marijuana. I have seen firsthand the destruction this drug causes. If you added up all the reasons for adolescents going to treatment—including alcohol—they would not equal the amount of adolescents going to treatment for just one drug alone, marijuana. Marijuana is a dangerous drug that impacts many tribal communities. There is now a pu...

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2015

Minority Health Month: Now Is the Time to Answer the Call

At a commemorative event two years ago, I heard a historian say that history is not a steady stream of events, but rather a series of punctuation points, like ripples from stones tossed into water. I believe that we are at the cusp of just such a punctuation point today as we commemorate National Minority Health Month and the 30th anniversary of the landmark Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health (also known as the...

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2015

Get the Fed's Hands Off Our Land

Having lost hundreds of millions of acres of land to allotment and tax auction, sale, fraud and federal chicanery beginning in the late 1880s, Indian tribes have ever since been on a decades-long mission to acquire and reconsolidate their once-mighty land holdings. Currently, the federal government manages 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals in trust for tribal and individual Indian beneficiaries. Land is by far...

 
 Opinion    April 13, 2015

Mille Lacs walleye troubles: How'd we get here? How do we get out?

The announcement last week that night fishing would be banned this year on Mille Lacs and that the walleye limit there would be one — as in one — was not unexpected. Given the relatively few walleyes that swim in the lake these days, a declaration making Mille Lacs walleyes entirely catch-and-release beginning with the May 9 opener could have been justified. That the state’s premier walleye fishery could decline so far so fast suggests...

 
 Opinion    April 13, 2015

Native American vs. American Indian: Political correctness dishonors traditional chiefs of old

Who decided for us that we should be called "Native Americans?" It was the mainstream media of course. One day a reporter was interviewing an East Coast Indian and the reporter said, "Indian" and the East Coast Indian said, "No, we don’t like to be called Indians because we got that name when Columbus thought he landed in India: We prefer to be called Native Americans." "Well," the reporter replied, "I am of Irish descent but I was born in...

 
 Opinion    April 13, 2015

My Voice: In latest wave of suicides, a call for change

At least 11 kids between the ages of 12 and 17 have killed themselves in Oglala Lakota County on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation since December. Three of those deaths were in February, two more during March. The heartbreaking details vary from child to child, but their families and this community feel the voids left by their absences just as deeply each and every time. http://www.argusleader.com/story/opinion/readers/2015/04...

 
 Opinion    April 13, 2015

Congressmen get a firsthand look at Indian school crisis

Staff and teachers grimly detailed the aging Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School building’s structural failings for three visiting U.S. congressmen Wednesday. But it was a comment from a student that drove home the dire need to replace the pole barn where classes are held. As students in grades 9–12 gathered to relay their concerns, Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kline asked them where they stash their coats for handy access for their frequent...

 
 Opinion    April 10, 2015

Yvette Roubideaux: Diabetes program works for Indian Country

It is spring again, and the hopes for better weather are accompanied by the worries and concerns of many American Indian and Alaska Native communities working hard to prevent and treat diabetes and its complications. I am grateful to the House of Representatives for recently including a two-year reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians in the bill passed by the House to address a permanent fix for physician Medicare payment...

 
 Opinion    April 9, 2015

Dr. Per Cap's Financial Literacy 2015 All-Star Picks

April is national Financial Literacy Month, so let's celebrate by recognizing a few outstanding individuals who are working hard to expand financial education efforts throughout Indian Country. In keeping with what has become an annual tradition each week in April, I will highlight the accomplishments of one totally awesome person who embodies the spirit of Native financial empowerment through selfless dedication, action over words, and an...

 
 Opinion    April 6, 2015

Re-Membering Through Adoption

Historically, Native nations were bounded but inclusive socio-cultural communities that prided themselves on maintaining distinctive religious-cultural identities while also incorporating--whether through force or invitation--individuals from other indigenous, racial, and ethnic groups. Our peoples have always managed to creatively and successfully augment their numbers and incorporate new blood and ideas. Outsiders, be they Natives, Europeans,...

 
 Opinion    April 6, 2015

Sarah Eagle Heart: Boarding schools taught us to be ashamed

“It’s hard to forgive,” said a Lakota Episcopal elder from the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation with his voice wavering. Tears sprang to my eyes as he shared his story of being punished for speaking Lakota as a child in a Catholic boarding school. I knew this was a deep pain this elder had rarely shared. His experience is one I’ve heard from many people in many places. There were 500 Indian boarding schools in 18 states administered by...

 
 Opinion    April 3, 2015

Separate and unequal: Indian schools, a nation's neglect

LEECH LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION, MINN. - ‘Watch. This is the coolest moment of my day,’’ science teacher Allison Barta says, unlocking the door to her classroom at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School. Inside, a freshwater aquarium takes up much of the back wall, providing the only light in the windowless space. For a moment, the room resembles an environmental science lab. Then Barta flips on the lights. This is what years of federal neglect...

 
 Opinion    April 3, 2015

Oil is cheap … so leave it in the ground and address climate change

Could we be nearing the moment to really address climate change? A quick answer is “no.” Of course not. The Republicans in Congress are hell-bent on pretending that climate change does not exist let along agree to any shifts in policy. So they continue to fight for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. As the House Energy and Commerce Committee tells the story, the pipeline expansion “would carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day...

 
 Opinion    March 30, 2015

T-C Line: Our own worst enemy

Glass house We in America live in a huge, thin-walled, glass house. We point fingers at crooks, social degenerates and politicians. Yet, can we even stop at stop signs? Our attitudes define us. Our flawed practices betray us, and what does our self-involvement say? None should move The complaint on noise is for the drone of the skydiving planes. No one is saying move the airport. No one should be forced to move because of skydivers' planes....

 
 Opinion    March 30, 2015

Sherman Alexie: Ban my books and I'll sell even more

BOISE — From the moment he took the stage at the Egyptian Theatre on Wednesday night, Sherman Alexie was unrepentant about his work. "So I hear there was, like, some controversy with my book," he said, as an audience of 800 erupted with laughter. He wrote a book that was pulled from a West Ada School District supplemental reading list for several months last year. "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" drew sharp criticism from some...

 
 Opinion    March 30, 2015

Molly Fleming, national payday-lending reform advocate, on yesterday's proposed new federal payday rules

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unveiled its long-anticipated proposal to bring stricter rules to the consumer lending industry of payday loans, title loans and installment loans. Such reform is long overdue in Missouri, a state with more payday-loan storefronts than Wal-Marts, McDonalds and Starbucks combined. The payday-lending lobby, which employs disgusting tactics to preserve its unconscionable profit margins, more or...

 
 Opinion    March 27, 2015

PAUL NELSON COLUMN: Don't give up on ice fishing season just yet

Cold temperatures have slowed down the melting process on the lakes. This has extended the ice fishing season at least one more weekend for those anglers who just can't get enough. There is still more than 26 inches of ice away from the shoreline on most lakes. The ice is soaking up more water on the bottom of the ice, but there is still more than a foot of solid ice sandwiched between the top and bottom layers in most areas....

 
 Opinion    March 27, 2015

Tribe's contribution is a nutrition boost for American Indians

There’s a reason that one of the first buildings visitors see on Minnesota’s Leech Lake Indian reservation is a diabetes clinic. And that on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge reservation, one of the landmarks rising from the prairie is a large, modern kidney dialysis center. When it comes to population health, the data points on American Indians are bleak. Their life expectancy is 4.2 years lower than the U.S. average, according to the federal...

 
 Opinion    March 27, 2015

A bipartisan push to fix broken down Indian schools

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament isn’t the only place where a full-court press is taking place this week. In Washington, D.C., bipartisan members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation wielded their collective clout on a critical education issue: obtaining adequate funding for the nation’s broken-down federally funded Bureau of Indian Education school system. About a third of 183 BIE schools nationally have facilities with safety...

 
 Opinion    March 27, 2015

Chippewa tribes declare record number of walleyes for spearing season

The six bands of Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin have declared intentions to spear a record 68,226 walleyes during the 2015 off-reservation harvest, according to a plan presented to state officials by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. The harvest declarations are spread across 590 lakes and five lake chains in the ceded territory, essentially the northern one-third of Wisconsin. The declarations are part of an annual...

 

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