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Former Native corporation exec alleges 'sham companies' get government contracts

The Afognak Village Corporation, with 1,000 shareholders, operates about two dozen companies with nearly 5,000 employees across the United States and overseas. Its national and worldwide reach with hundreds of millions in contracts grew from subsidiaries that qualify for Small Business Administration contracting preferences with the Department of Defense, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Air Force, the Navy, the Army, the Marines, the Coast Guard and other agencies.


Emvpanayv- One who tells the story

OKMULGEE, Okla. — This spring, there was a bit of a flap over the Prez traveling to the home of Andrew Jackson to pay homage to the 9th president of the expanding United States. In March, Trump laid a wreath on Jackson’s grave and gave a hand salute to his statue. “Old Hickory” had a few nicknames and among them was the phrase “Indian Killer.” In 1830, he signed the Indian Removal Act resulting in the Trail Of Tears for southeastern tribes.


The persistent Minnesota child-abuse problem

If you read the headline in the April 13 Star Tribune on how child-abuse reports in Minnesota rose by 25 percent in 2016, straining the state’s child-protection system — and asked, “Didn’t we already deal with this problem?” you wouldn’t have been far off the mark. The article reported that 39,500 Minnesota children were suspected of being abused or neglected, according to the state Department of Human Services (DHS); 2016 was the second straight year of sharp increases in such reports.


Manning: Dear Pepsi, Our Resistance is Not for Sale

Just hours after PepsiCo Inc. aired their activism-inspired commercial for Pepsi soda, the ad was pulled, prompted by instantaneous and widespread social media backlash. The commercial featured an activism story line, where Kendall Jenner, a rich, white, fashion model, is inspired to join a very generic demonstration, ultimately gliding straight to the frontline of police and offering one officer a can of Pepsi. The officer takes a drink, and the crowd cheers. Kendall Jenner safely retreats back into the crowd, smiling. Apparently, she just...


OP-ED: Protect Minnesota from invasive plant pest and diseases

Are you helping invasive pests spread in Minnesota or around our country? You may have heard that invasive plant pests and diseases are primarily introduced through commercial trade—that’s true. But once they are here, these destructive plant pests don’t move far on their own; they are mostly spread by us. Through our everyday actions—when we take firewood from home to our campsite, mail a gift of homegrown fruits or plants, or order plants, seeds or fruit online—we can contribute to the unintentional spread of any number of...


How I Learned to Take the SAT Like a Rich Kid

FLINT, Mich. — The summer before my junior year of high school, I boarded an airplane for the first time. Three hours later I was in picture-perfect New England, where I was soon to be surrounded by a diverse and extremely accomplished group of peers. I had been awarded a generous scholarship to attend the Phillips Exeter summer semester — five weeks of classes and sports, with some optional SAT prep mixed in. I’m from Flint, Mich., and even though I recently transferred to a private Catholic high school in my city, top tier-education is...


The Convenient Indian: How Activists Get Native Americans Wrong

INDIANS HAVE BEEN in all the headlines about the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. But unfortunately, most of the stories haven’t been about Indians at all. The protests included presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, and celebrities like Mark Ruffalo and Shailene Woodley, who was arrested last fall. Countless others took to social media to proclaim, “We Stand with Standing Rock. #waterislife.”


Why Is the Chicago Blackhawks Logo Okay but Washington Redskins Racist?

The Chicago Blackhawks finished as the top seed in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League and are set to play the Nashville Predators in the 2017 NHL playoffs. Game one of the series will be April 13, at 8 p.m. The Blackhawks lead the championship chatter as 4:1 favorites to win it all, though, one interesting question seems to be going unanswered–or even asked: Why isn’t Chicago taking heat for their Indian logo and name like the Washington Pigskins do? The club has been in the spotlight since winning the 2010 Stanley Cup,...


Facing Denial of Diabetes

Two years ago, I woke up with what I thought was a pimple on the right side of my neck. In two days that pimple burgeoned into a major infection. I was rushed to a hospital in Duluth, Minnesota to undergo two surgeries to remove the infection. That deadly “pimple” proved to be the convincing evidence of what I already knew – Type Two Diabetes. Before the surgeries, which left a hole the size of a golf ball in my neck, I was in complete denial to having one of the most common health scourges facing American Indian people. I had all the...


American Indian parents get involved in schools

Countless times, we've heard school board members, teachers, administrators and others say that shortcomings in our public schools could be fixed in part by more parent involvement. If parents checked up on what and how their students are doing, pitched in and offered to help where needed, we're told, any number of problems could be alleviated, including the achievement gap between white and minority students. If that's the case, it's time to heartily applaud members of Rochester's American Indian community, who are taking advantage of a new...


Should we dissolve the Indian reservations?

The New York Times had a long article describing how the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska (population 12) sells millions (yes, millions!) of alcoholic beverages every year because the town is just over the border from the local Indian reservation, where alcohol is banned. (Forgive me for calling them American Indians, but as nearly all the people reading this are "Native Americans," it's a much more descriptive and specific term.) The situation is so bad that in Whiteclay, you can find dozens of American Indians lying comatose on the streets, drunk...


Helping Native youth find success in schools

Should there be a special focus on helping Native American students find success in school? Isn't the quality of education the same for all children regardless of ethnicity? Why a special focus? Before we answer these questions, let's take a walk back in history. Let me first say that Native Americans have always been educated. Their parents and elders taught children those skills they needed to live happily within their culture. The education was diverse, sophisticated and challenging. So to infer that Native children are or were lacking in...


Fans of Native teams always unruly

This letter is in support of Paul Mushaben’s comments on the state of affairs when playing a Native American team in sports. I have played sports in Billings since 1969, and without fail, at every event involving a Native American team, there are issues of unruly fans, some of these incidents escalated into physical violence. Several games were even canceled for security reasons.


The high cost of DWI, speeding

My auto insurance renewal notice arrived in the mail the other day and I should be happy. My rate is well below the state average. There are myriad factors that come into play when insurance companies determine how much you will pay, but one thing is for sure: Drivers who make bad decisions while behind the wheel will pay, and sometimes handsomely.


Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls criticism over #NoDAPL protests response "inaccurate and offensive"

Yesterday I wrote a post about the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association ripping Governor Mark Dayton in a letter over his handling of EMAC requests from the State of North Dakota for assistance in dealing with the #NoDAPL protests. At times those protests involved thousands of activists who blocked roads, attacked law enforcement officers, and vandalized millions of dollars worth of construction equipment. North Dakota officials sent out requests to other states for assistance under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact....


House Bill Skips Indian Health Care; But Has Narrow Path to Actually Become Law

I wrote a couple of days ago that the House bill doesn’t mention a word about the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. True enough. Because, it turns out, the proposed replacement for Affordable Care Act is not a complete repeal. The current law would remain in tact. “The two proposed bills do not repeal the ACA. They leave in place the ACA’s titles affecting Medicare, quality of care, program integrity, biosimilars, workforce reform, the Indian Health Service—indeed virtually all of the ACA except for its insurance affordability...


Feds 'Just Say No' to Marijuana at High Times Cup on Tribal Lands

I’ve said it time and again — more state regulation of marijuana is going to lead to fewer and fewer cannabis cups and similar marijuana events and this in turn will force the purveyors of such events to get creative. Case in point: the 2017 High Times Cannabis Cup on the Moapa Band of Paiutes reservation in Nevada near Las Vegas. The most recent update on this particular Cup is that despite receiving two warning letters from U.S. Attorney David Bogden, the Tribe is moving forward this Saturday with the Cup as planned....


Trump set to deliver financial blow to Indian Country

President Donald J. Trump is set to deliver a financial blow to Indian Country. His first budget will propose cuts of at least $54 billion and an amount that he will add to Defense Spending. The president will check off his promises from the campaign (even those that make no sense), according to Politico. “He’s doing what he said he was going to do.”


Bureau of Indian Education, Indian Health Service and Others Labeled As 'High Risk'

Federal Indian programs, like Bureau of Indian Education and Indian Health Service, have been added to the “high-risk” category by the Government Accountability Office. That designation could not come at a worse time. The details. This is how the GAO defines its high risk identification: “The federal government is one of the world’s largest and most complex entities: about $3.9 trillion in outlays in fiscal year 2016 funded a broad array of programs and operations. GAO’s high-risk program identifies government operations with greater...


Lawmakers waste time on changing Columbus Day law

Lawmakers have just 120 days every other year to take care of business, and they are always complaining that there just isn’t enough time to get it done. Perhaps, just perhaps, that is because they spend an incredible amount of time in pointless, posturing, pandering paper pushing.


Trump thumbs his nose at tribal sovereignty

As President Trump steamrolls his executive order machine across this country, trampling on civil liberties and upending environmental protections, he risks getting derailed by the issue of tribal sovereignty. The status of American Indians goes beyond race, class and religion. As members of tribes, Indians are citizens of nations. There are more than 500 tribal nations, in fact. A century ago, when tribes ceded land and natural resources, even giving up their own culture in order to exist as nations, treaties were signed with the U.S....


Letter: White Earth should shoot down plans for Star Lake Casino

Shooting Star Corporation has plans to build a new casino, which will be the third one for the White Earth Nation, at remote Star Lake in Otter Tail County. It's a bad idea. Here's why: First of all, it's an environmental disaster. It would replace a beautiful, wild, untouched area with a commercial development that's not suitable in the area and where there's no infrastructure to support it.


Moya-Smith: Right Now, Trump Is Acting More Like the Founding Fathers Than Hitler

Donald J. Trump has been called a lot of things. A bigot. A misogynist. A racist. And I agree with these descriptions of the new president. He’s earned those titles, especially given all he has spewed over the decades about women and racial minorities, and just about anyone he disagrees with, or who disagree with him. But Mr. Trump is also unoriginal.


After sensible move on Keystone, Trump should be cautious on Dakota Access pipeline

President Trump’s first week in office included executive orders to revive two controversial pipeline proposals halted during former President Barack Obama’s administration. Trump’s move on Keystone XL, which will deliver heavy crude from Canada to U.S. refineries, is sensible and will boost public safety in Minnesota. His decision on the other, the Dakota Access pipeline spurring protests near a North Dakota Indian reservation, was premature. Trump should have first wielded his deal-making skills to defuse still-close-to-boiling-over...


Letter to the Editor

To the editor, Your area's new State Representative Matt Grossell came ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work on fixing Minnesota's health care crisis. As the chief author of the Health Care Emergency Aid & Access bill, I wanted to write to thank Rep. Grossell for his support of the bill which passed the House and Senate Thursday on strong bipartisan votes. Legislators know that health care has been on the minds of many Minnesota families, and I'm pleased to report we've delivered in the first month of session. Help is on the way. The...


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