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 Opinion    July 26, 2016

As convention begins, Democrats try to clean up a mess

Before it was even gaveled in on Monday, the Democratic National Convention started on the wrong note, with a damaging leak of e-mails that cast the party in the worst possible light and threw further doubts on the veracity of the nominee it is supposed to showcase this week. Democrats were right to remove Debbie Wasserman Schultz from her role in the convention, and her resignation as DNC chairwoman is a needed first step. But that can’t be the only repair work. The DNC’s mishandling of the primary has been flawed from the beginning,...

 Opinion    July 25, 2016

The Drive: Road rage a serious threat to everyone

I was on the way to play in my sand volleyball league on a recent Thursday, sharing the freeway packed three lanes wide with evening rush-hour commuters heading out of downtown. Traffic was moving at a reasonable pace for 5:30 p.m. Then a menace appeared. A motorist two lanes over used the left shoulder to speed around another driver, then darted into traffic and abruptly slammed on his brakes. The irritated motorist retaliated by gunning it as he shimmied along the skip stripe between commuters in left and center lanes to get ahead of the...

 Opinion    July 22, 2016

The Right To Smoke Deadly Cigarettes

The human race suffers from many different types of cancer. We have lost many of our relatives to cancer. Today, many Lakota people are cancer survivors due to chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States. In fact, the American Indian Cancer Foundation estimates that lung cancer rates can be 83% higher among our people. More men and women die from lung cancer than they do from any other form of cancer. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state “Cigarette smoking is responsible for...

 Opinion    July 8, 2016

First, let's get the facts on police shootings

This won’t be fun to write. It’s no fun, of course, to take the side of letting the facts direct our opinions, even if that makes the most sense. You know what’s fun? It’s fun to let our imaginations take over, to theorize and suppose, to fit every square peg of a news story into our round-hole point of view. To know what happened - and why, of course - without having to really know.

 Opinion    July 8, 2016

What it's really like to be a native american teen today

Like a lot of recent American high school graduates, I spend way too much time on Twitter, I'm a huge Lady Gaga fan, and I can't wait to go to college in the fall. But instead of spending my first few days of summer break going to the beach or partying with my friends, I'm in the midst of taking part in a Bear Dance, a four-day-long healing ceremony where we sing in our traditional Athabaskan language and dance in a wild, heavily wooded part of New Mexico. It's an amazing time to get away from the burdens of technology and actually have a...

 Opinion    July 5, 2016

Op-Ed: Benjamin Franklin on the savage American Indians in the 18th century

America had an Indian Savage problem. Before July 4, 1776, the day the USA declared its independence, savage Indians, history records, would sneak into homes of new immigrants from Europe, and brutally stab to death sleeping men, women and children, who never did the least harm to the Indians. History records that these Indians would boast of their heinous cruelties at night-long campfire celebrations. This was Amalek in America. The Amelek that attacked the Israelites after the Exodus were a true horror. The Indians attacked defenseless women...

 Opinion    July 5, 2016

Did a Fear of Slave Revolts Drive American Independence?

Binghamton, N.Y. — FOR more than two centuries, we have been reading the Declaration of Independence wrong. Or rather, we’ve been celebrating the Declaration as people in the 19th and 20th centuries have told us we should, but not the Declaration as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams wrote it. To them, separation from Britain was as much, if not more, about racial fear and exclusion as it was about inalienable rights. The Declaration’s beautiful preamble distracts us from the heart of the document, the 27 accusations...

 Opinion    July 4, 2016

Why BIA can't hire enough cops in Montana

The fatal beating, choking and burning of Roylynn Rides Horse, a 28-year-old Crow Agency woman, has rekindled outrage over violence on Montana Indian Reservations. Now that citizens on and off the reservations are paying more attention to public safety needs in these rural, impoverished communities, one dangerous bureaucratic obstacle has become glaringly apparent: It takes a year to decide to put just one new Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer on patrol. On Monday, Crow Agency Police Chief Jose Figueroa told a Crow Tribal Judicial...

 Opinion    July 4, 2016

McLean: No Trial, No Justice For My Cousin, Jenna Lynne

On September 23, 2014, Jenna Lynne Marsden, my cousin, died in a Winnipeg hospital after being brutally beaten two days earlier by her common law husband, Erwin Spence. Spence finally had his day in court on June 20. Jenna’s family had been told earlier that there would be no trial because a deal had made between Spence and the Crown. Our family was promised they would be happy with the deal, so we went along with the court date because we felt the Crown had been acting in favor of the victim, my cousin, Jenna Lynne. Read more at...

 Opinion    July 1, 2016

Why I drive to Wisconsin to buy the really good fireworks every summer

Independence Day, 1987. My dad had some fireworks stashed in a greasy brown paper bag in the garage. I’d known about them for weeks and begged him to set a few off. He was hesitant because, well, I was 4 years old. Putting me near baby dynamite probably was a bad idea. But I was a pest about it and he gave in. I remember he walked me to the far side of our small yard, parking me by the birch. “Sit right here and don’t move,” he told me. As he slowly walked to the other side of the yard to prep the pyrotechnics in the driveway, I plugged...

 Opinion    July 1, 2016

Don't let politics get in the way of our children's education

Congratulations to Debra Boyd (460 votes) and Sandra K. Dillon (457 votes) for a successful election to the Todd County School Board (TCSB). These ladies have many years of experience. Both have worked in the school system serving our students as professional educators. They also bring their expertise as mothers and grandmothers to their positions. There were 5 other candidates who ran for 2 open positions on the TCSB. Candidate Linda Bordeaux received 427 votes, only 30 less votes than school board member elect Sandra K. Dillon. Obviously,...

 Opinion    June 29, 2016

Was The Murder Of California Indians A Genocide Or Tragedy?

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873, by Benjamin Madley and just published by Yale University Press, is the latest installment in an on-going controversy stretching back decades. The facts of the events are not in dispute. Between 1846 and 1873, the first 27 years that California belonged to the U.S., the Indian population in California went from 150,000 to 30,000, an 80% decline. In the 1880 census, there were 16,277 Indians. The preeminent historian of California, Kevin Starr, wrote in...

 Opinion    June 29, 2016

Minnesota Supreme Court is strengthened by diversity

A judicial branch of government in which every Minnesotan, regardless of gender or race, can see himself or herself reflected. A judiciary — and a legal profession — that knows no “glass ceiling” of gender or racial limitation. Those goals are just as desirable today as they were in January 1991, when the late Gov. Rudy Perpich made history on his last day in office by giving Minnesota the nation’s first female majority on its state Supreme Court. The court’s 4-3 female-male split lasted until the retirement of Perpich’s first...

 Opinion    June 28, 2016

What one Native woman thinks everyone should know about Native people

The hardest part of trying to do intersectional work for me, as an Anishinaabe woman, is that most people–even most people of color and other oppressed peoples–know so little about Native people. I had a lot of difficulty recently when someone (a respected changemaker) tried to tell me her opinion on why Native people don’t have it that bad, when no part of her opinion was based in truth. It is hard to not feel resentment when people bring huge, common misconceptions to the table: of rich Indians, of free college and casino money. We...

 Opinion    June 27, 2016

High court denies rights of Natives

June 13 of this year marked a milestone in constitutional law. Fifty years earlier, in 1966, the Supreme Court decided Miranda v. Arizona, requiring officers to notify individuals in police custody of their “Miranda rights,” including their right to a court-appointed lawyer if unable to afford one. Although controversial at first, the Miranda decision has since become a standard safeguard against government overreaching in the investigation, interrogation and prosecution of alleged criminal conduct. http://www.abqjournal...

 Opinion    June 22, 2016

Slow down to appreciate every minute of your life

A friend from Chicago was telling me about how he watched a coyote carrying her pup across the freeway and thought she was safe when she was only in between the two freeways so she kept going. A car hit her and it caused a pile up. He said “Something must be wrong with me, I was more worried about her than the human aspect, but humans are in such a hurry.” He then went on to tell me how fast people drive there. People drive too fast everywhere, they don’t appreciate their surroundings, the drive, the world going by. They want to get from...

 Opinion    June 21, 2016

Republican 'Reform' Without Money Won't Help Indian Health, Sioux Editor Says

PIERRE, S.D. (CN) — Republican senators from South Dakota and Wyoming say their Indian Health Service Accountability Act will help cure the nation's ailing Indian Health Service, but a Sioux newspaper editor says it won't work without money. Senators John Thune, of South Dakota, and John Barrasso, of Wyoming, say Senate Bill 2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act of 2016, will "promote patient-centered care and accountability at the Indian Health Service." The bill would require consultation with tribes before key staff members,...

 Opinion    June 17, 2016

Congratulating our graduates on a major milestone

We were at the graduation ceremony for the Harbor City International School in Duluth, Minnesota and the keynote speaker was Gaelynn Lea Tressler. She is the winner of the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Concert series and she knows about and exemplifies overcoming hardships and truly appreciating the things we take for granted. She is beautiful and eloquent and she speaks from a position only she can speak from and she sings and she plays her violin from somewhere deep in her soul. She talked to the graduating high school seniors and she talked to our son...

 Opinion    June 13, 2016

Attawapiskat, a place where even the chief is homeless

OTTAWA — It was the six-week “hunger strike” by former Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence in 2012 which, while more publicity stunt than self-deprivation, put her reserve on the map of the Canadian psyche. Before that it was largely out of sight and out of mind. But it has almost always been a hellhole of a place — an isolated Cree reserve on the shores of James Bay, virtually inaccessible, its traditional way of life eroded, its infrastructure beyond crumbling, its so-called housing deplorable, its hunting grounds depleted, and its...

 Opinion    June 6, 2016

If Native Americans aren't offended by the word Redskins, why should we?

Many consider “Redskin” a racial slur against Native Americans. But if Native Americans are not offended by the word, do others still have the right to be offended for them? A recent poll by the Washington Post may have taken the air out of the national fight to remove the mascot “Redskins” from teams at high schools, colleges and, most famously, in the NFL.

 By Blair E. Lybbert    Opinion    June 3, 2016

Why 10th Grade Should Be the New Senior Year

In 1983, "A Nation at Risk" focused political decisionmakers on the necessity of reframing public education into an accountability model designed to provide minimum standards of achievement. By 2001, the No Child Left Behind Act ensured that all states receiving federal funds would meet requirements for standardized testing, teacher qualifications, and funding priorities. Most recently, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 to continue accountability efforts while empowering states with greater flexibility. And wh...

 Opinion    June 3, 2016

Many Indians die too young

This issue of Native Sun News will be printed on or near Memorial Day. That is a day of mixed emotion for many Native people. On one hand, we are proud to honor the Veterans who have sacrificed for country, Tribe and family. Across the land, tribal communities will hold celebrations in honor of our fallen warriors and those who succumbed to natural causes after valiant military service. On this occasion, it is good to once again acknowledge that Native Americans have the highest military enlistment rate of any ethic group in America. This...

 Opinion    June 2, 2016

Democracy in Indian Country: Yeah, Right!

The election season in northern Minnesota Indigenous territories was especially contentious this year. Primary election results were contested in all six Minnesota Chippewa Tribe territories. Everyone who contested lost. In the Leech Lake territory the contest went as far as the Tribal Appeals Court. At issue were key questions regarding the conduct of candidates and the use of unauthorized voting practices. Some candidates were engaged in vote buying, electioneering, voter intimidation and illegal use of absentee ballots. A completely...

 By Earl Holdridge    Opinion    June 1, 2016

School climate: Students are stuck in a dysfunctional system

I applaud the students who wrote the May 27 commentary "Student voices are to be heard, not ignored." Their main point: "School climate isn't about fights and suspensions, but about creating an environment within our schools where everyone can thrive." As a teacher-counselor, I'd like to reinforce their thoughts with my observations and experience. Perhaps it will shed some light on giving hope for the kind of school the writers seek. First, I'd like to say in no way are administrators, school...

 Opinion    June 1, 2016

Trump's Last Stand

On Thursday, Donald Trump, flanked by enthusiastic brown noser Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND), who pushed for legislation that makes it more difficult for Natives to vote and threatened to “wring Tribal council’s necks” while making Native women cry at a state gathering on domestic violence a few years ago, appeared in Bismarck, North Dakota. During a press conference, he couldn’t resist tearing into Senator Elizabeth Warren, once again referring to her as “Pocahontas.” Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedi...


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