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Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over

The Trump presidency ended yesterday. “… Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee,” Donald J. Trump said. “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned, totally. But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, OK? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly.”...


Dos and Don'ts for Democrats Ahead of 2018 and 2020 Elections

I’m going to state this clearly and simply for the Democratic Leadership in Congress, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Super-Delegates, DNC National Leadership and DNC State Leaders. This is about what you should do and what you should not do for the 2018 and 2020 Elections.


Tulsa World editorial: Federal court blocks state prosecution of American Indians in Creek 'reservation'

A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals really upset the state’s legal apple cart Tuesday, when it ruled that Oklahoma criminal courts in the 11 counties of the Creek Nation don’t have jurisdiction in cases involving American Indian defendants or victims. All we could say when we read that was: “Wow!”


Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September

September is going to be a mess. Congress must sort out some really complicated fiscal issues. There is the budget, an increase in the debt limit, how much to spend on federal programs and services, and, if there’s time, tax reform. This should be easy in a one-party government. Republicans come up with a budget plan. Then the House acts, the Senate does its thing, and President Donald J. Trump signs the idea into law. Easy. Except there is no Republican majority in Congress (other than the R listed by members’ names.) h...


Op-Ed: Go Outside and Give Your Trees the Once-Over During National Tree Check Month

It's August, and that means it's time to check your trees - maple, ash, birch, poplar, willow - to make sure they are healthy, strong, and pest-free. We know the damaging effects emerald ash borer and gypsy moth can have on our tress. During National Tree Check Month, another big threat in Minnesota is the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) - a big, black-and-white spotted invasive pest that attacks 12 different types of trees. ALB could totally devastate trees in your community, so we urge you to...


Trump is breaking the federal government's promises to Native Americans

When Republicans made yet another unsuccessful attempt to take away healthcare from millions of Americans last month, Native Americans, specifically Alaska Natives, worked to ensure that Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted against the plan, sealing its defeat. They fought against the “skinny repeal” because they understood that it would harm them. The United States has long guaranteed Native Americans access to healthcare, mostly through commitments the federal government made to Indian tribes in exchange for land. Repeal of Obamacare would put much...


Native Americans deserve better

As I ended a road trip to America’s majestic Southwest, I came away with some unexpected feelings, including some I already believed and others that were surprising. I flew to Las Vegas then drove back through Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming before entering the far less visually exciting “Great Plaines” of Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.


Our View: Law meant to protect tribal kids could put them in harm's way

An odd child custody case involving a local family could have nationwide implications. Lake Havasu City attorney Brad Rideout, working with the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, filed an appeal last month to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that seeks to terminate the parental rights of the mother of his clients. So what would make the nation’s highest court interested in what seems like a fairly pedestrian issue? Jurisdiction, mostly.


What part of police shootings are the chief's fault?

Attention to the police shootings of recent years has finally found a scapegoat in Janeé Harteau. Her resignation as Minneapolis police chief on Friday at Mayor Betsy Hodges’ behest signals one of two things: an attempt at changing the culture of the Minneapolis Police Department to a more restrained response, or a political move swiftly and deftly dealt by the mayor in an attempt to eke out a win in a re-election campaign that is looking bleaker by the day.


Mark Trahant: Republican health care reform bill impacts Indian Country

The Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate majority’s health care bill — the ironically titled “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” — ought to be enough to put to rest any idea that Republicans want to improve health care in this country. There are legitimate conservative ideas about how to reform health care. You know, the stuff they have been saying for years about market-based reforms where people can shop for their doctors and clinics online across state lines. Think Amazon. Modern, high tech, affordable care....


On the 141st anniversary of Custer's well-remembered demise, why is California genocide forgotten?

The following essay appeared last year on the 140th anniversary of one of the most discussed conflicts in U.S. history. And one of the most distorted. I am repeating it with a few tweaks—MB. ••• ••• ••• Today marks the 141st anniversary of the Little Big Horn Battle, known as Custer’s Last Stand to Americans at the time and ever afterward. Remembered as the Battle of the Greasy Grass among the Lakota (Sioux), Cheyenne and Arapahoe, it’s hard to overstate how much the 7th Cavalry’s defeat in the hills of Montana that...


Should Indian Nations Fear the Return of Termination Policy?

If anything brings Indian nations together to rally for treaty and self-government rights, it is the threat of termination or the return of termination policy. Few Americans have a clear understanding of Native American history and policy. And few have any background in the history and legal supports for tribal self-government and the role of Indian nations within the U.S. federal system. The present administration tends to view people of color as freeloading ethnic or minority groups. The actions to reduce federal aid and support for poor and...


New Passports for Native Americans

The brazen nerve of President Trump in having the painting of Andrew Jackson, not so affectionately known as “the Indian Killer,” moved into the Oval Office for prominent display set my mind working on why this would happen now. I have thought long and hard about a fitting response to the pain caused by the newly displayed Jackson painting in the oval office.


Bemidji Pioneeer: A legacy of Native American boxing

Imagine a car filled with young American Indian boxers on the White Earth, Leech Lake or Red Lake Reservation. They could be headed towards Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids or Bemidji. They are young teenage boys who may have not trained too well, have not eaten too well and who may be going up against a more fit experienced boxer. The voices of the boys are filled with timid enthusiasm. The coaches remind them again about saving their energy and not to go all out in the first round. They try to give them confidence. Some of them will be in the ring...


Why did voters listen to moneyed charter backers and not LAUSD teachers?

To the editor: A few days after two charter school proponents were elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, something hit me: Do voters not understand that United Teachers Los Angeles, whose preferred candidates were defeated, is actually made up of teachers and other education professionals? (“How L.A.'s school board election became the most expensive in U.S. history,” May 21) As a teacher of more than 20 years, I took this vote personally. Was it just about the money? Why don’t the voters trust me and the...


Trump White House enters a new state of denial

The latest self-inflicted crises at the White House confirm the deepest fears about President Trump’s judgment and self-discipline. As the nation was still digesting news that Trump had divulged highly classified information obtained through an ally to top Russian officials, the New York Times reported Tuesday that the president had suggested that then-FBI Director James Comey end his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn.


Trump Is Audaciously Trying to Privatize Native American Land

Each day, we the people are forced to endure something profoundly horrific being committed by Trump. And since Republicans' only concern is maintaining their grip on power, they could care less what damage their president does to their constituents. We've already seen scientific, environmental and social groups get slaughtered by Trump's desire to enrich himself and his Wall Street pals. Now it's Native American tribes' turn.


Rethinking the Education Approach for Indian Children

If you are an educator of Indian children it is important that you know who these children are, what are American Indian values and how Indian children may learn! I have been an educator for 47 years. I have worked in schools on and off the reservation, I have found that there is very little taught, to this day, in most public schools about Indians. Most textbooks are void of anything about Indians. People are filled with stereotypes of what Indians are, be it savage or stoic. Many of these stereotypes come from the movies. Many Indian people...


Was Strip-Searched, But My White Cellmates Were Not

It has been four months since I was zip-tied by police and bussed with dozens of “water protectors,” or protesters from a snowy hillside on the North Dakota prairie to a county jail in Mandan, North Dakota. But the charges pending against me—criminal trespassing and rioting—have yet to be dropped, despite repeated public appeals made to Morton County that I was a journalist complying with police orders documenting protest activity that day. The campaign for press freedom surrounding my case continues, including today’s launch of...


Republican bill takes billions from Indian health care

How much does it cost to buy the vote of a ‘moderate’ Republican? Today the going rate is $8 billion. (And that, by the way, is more than ten times amount of money the Indian health system is at risk of losing if Congress enacts the “American Health Care Act.”) The $8 billion would fund a high-risk pool for individuals with pre-existing conditions. The idea surfaced Wednesday as an amendment from so-called moderate Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Billy Long of Missouri after a meeting with President Donald J. Trump. This pool of funds...


Rethinking the Education Approach for Indian Children

If you are an educator of Indian children it is important that you know who these children are, what are American Indian values and how Indian children may learn! I have been an educator for 47 years. I have worked in schools on and off the reservation, I have found that there is very little taught, to this day, in most public schools about Indians. Most textbooks are void of anything about Indians. People are filled with stereotypes of what Indians are, be it savage or stoic. Many of these stereotypes come from the movies. Many Indian people...


End the ridiculousness - put Tribal cops back to work

I read with much appreciation the police reports generated by law enforcement officers during the investigation of the homicide of Jason Stoltz. Jason was murdered on March 2, 2015. (See story in this edition beginning on page 1.) The incident occurred in the Bugg Hill neighborhood of the Mille Lacs Band Reservation. Naturally, Tribal police were the first on the scene after the 911 call came in. You see, that was back when Tribal cops were allowed access to the county emergency notification system. Tribal police were the closest to the scene....


Bill boosts spending for Indian Country -- for now

Congress has a spending plan. And it rejects most (but not all) of President Donald J. Trump’s priorities. It also includes more money for most federal Indian programs. But remember: This is a short budget. It’s only enough money to fund government operations through the end of September.


Will Inherent Tribal Court Authority Over Non-Members Survive Dollar General?

State, county and city governments are responding to the opiate crisis by suing the national manufacturers and distributors of these dangerous drugs. For the first time, an Indian tribe has sued prescription drug wholesalers and retailers in tribal court for damages related to addiction. On April 20, 2017, the Cherokee Nation filed a complaint in the District Court of the Cherokee Nation against the drug wholesalers and retailers that operate on the Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma. The lawsuit names national pharmaceutical distributors...


A Better Chance for Native Education

"It's just the epitome of broken," former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said of the Bureau of Indian Education's abysmal track record with Native American students. "Just utterly bankrupt." After Betsy DeVos' recent confirmation to the post Duncan held under Barack Obama, and with the GOP holding majorities in both houses of Congress, the federal government has a rare opportunity to accomplish some much-needed reforms to help children trapped in this system.


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