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President Biden's Executive Order on Indian Education is a Big Deal

Guest Opinion. This past week was significant with the first Presidential Proclamation establishing Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday ~ October 11, 2021. This news unfortunately eclipsed another major policy announcement by President Biden in the form of an Executive Order on Indian Education which is framed as follows: It is...

 

The Media Needs to Get Past the "Missing White Woman Syndrome"

OPINION. In July, Gabby Petito, 22, began a four-month trip across the country with her fiancé to visit national parks along the way. By September 1, something had obviously gone amiss when Petito's fiancé returned to his home in Florida without her. Ten days later, Petito's mother filed a missing person report. Since the...

 

A Mayo doctor's top tips on how to protect young kids from the delta variant

I had filled my online shopping cart with boxes of dinosaur-patterned masks, waiting to hit "buy" until I could talk to Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse. She's a Mayo Clinic physician who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Being a parent during the pandemic has been an exhausting and seemingly endless...

 

Coast to coast carnage is the terror in America now

In New York last Sunday, a woman named Shanice Young was returning from her baby shower when she was shot in the head, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend. The ex was apparently looking to confront her current boyfriend when, instead, he shot her. Young was eight months pregnant when she died. She leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter...

 

Souhan: Aaron Rodgers jeopardizing secret plan to ruin Packers and escape to Minnesota! (Maybe!)

We have discovered a secret dark-web memo sent from the Minnesota Vikings to Aaron Rodgers. It is shocking. Shocking, I say. It reads*: Aaron: Nice work. And the hair looks Fabio-lous. Our plan is on track. But we have a request. https://www.startribune.com/souhan-aaron-rodgers-jeopardizing-secret-plan-to-rui...

 

Time to Pay Attention to Climate Change

Summer does not officially end until the third week of September, but Labor Day weekend often is seen as a threshold to wind down summer activities into life's normal routines. Before we hasten back to our routines, though, it may be timely and wise to pay attention to what the summer brought across the United States, including...

 

Require vaccination for state's K-12 teachers

It is ludicrous that upcoming entertainment events have more muscular COVID-19 prevention protocols than almost all Minnesota K-12 schools. Planning to see British pop star Harry Styles at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on Sept. 22? Fans must show proof of COVID vaccination or a negative test, and then mask up once inside. Guests...

 

I'm a Native American proud to be working on Line 3

If you read news about the Line 3 pipeline currently under construction in northern Minnesota, you would be led to believe that a foreign company is violating the rights of Native Americans who live there. That is so far from the truth. I should know - I'm an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation who also owns a...

 

From the Left (Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC) to Right (Wall Street Journal) Agree Today;

The global war on terror isn't ending, nor was it as long as the American Indian Wars. I take issue with the characterization that the war in Afghanistan is America's longest war. America's real longest war was the conflict against Indigenous Americans, called the American Indian Wars, which most historians characterize as...

 

Op/ed paints MN Chamber as radical fringe group on climate issues

(St. Paul, MN) -- MN350 Action continued its campaign to spotlight the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s atrocious record on climate policy with the publication Friday of an op/ed in the Minnesota Reformer. The piece portrayed the Chamber as a massively funded extremist group that is nonetheless influential in Minnesota because for years it has been one of the top spenders on...

 

Welcome to Canada, kind of

Anyone who has ever crossed a border from one country to another understands the true meaning of anxiety. This includes traveling to Canada from the U.S., and back again even without intentionally (or unintentionally) attempting anything illegal. Two examples among many: • I was once denied entry into Canada, along with...

 

$12 Billion Proposed for Indian Country in Infrastructure Bill is Needed & Welcomed

Opinion. It is especially gratifying to see President Joe Biden lead in pushing to address the nation's aging infrastructure with roads, bridges, water systems, schools, newer and greener energy platforms, public transit and high-speed rail, and much needed technology and broadband upgrades. President Biden's and key members of...

 

Masking in schools is the right call

The school district serving the southern Minnesota city that Mayo Clinic calls home took a commendable step this week. When classes resume in Rochester, students ages 2 through 11 will be required to wear masks when they're inside school facilities. Every Minnesota school should follow that lead and expand it to include...

 

Cleveland's Baseball Team Will Replace 'Indians' With 'Guardians'

After being called the Cleveland Indians for 100 years, the team will soon remove its feathers and warpaint and officially drop its controversial "Indians" nickname. Was it really insensitive to call themselves Indians? Was it that hurtful to our native Americans for a baseball team to have that moniker? I guess so. But could...

 

Dave Durenburger: Taxpayers unfairly shouldering costs of climate change

(St. Cloud, MN) -- On Friday former Republican U.S. Sen. Dave Durenburger published a remarkable piece in the St. Cloud Times on taxpayers and the fossil fuel industry. Durenburger eloquently laid out the case for why lawsuits against the fossil fuel industry are piling up from states and localities. Minnesota is among states that have filed suits against Big Oil. Minnesotans...

 

JOURNEYS MATTER-AND SO DO STATE LAWS

On Monday, June 28, I was privileged to be a witness. I wanted to share what I saw and heard. For 10 years, I enjoyed living among the Lummi and other Coast Salish people in the Pacific Northwest, during which time I served them as President of Northwest Indian College on the Lummi Nation. As Tribal Nations, we all have our distinct cultural practices, and the unique practices...

 

Minnesota State Agency Should Not Demand Daily Reporting of Vaccination Status

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In July, the Minnesota Department of Administration will begin requiring employees to daily report their vaccination status, according to an email distributed to employees by the department on June 10: “Next month, a question about vaccination status will be added to the screening procedure, the additional question will ask if you have been fully...

 

Trump to Be Reinstated in August as President of Trump University

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Donald Trump will be reinstated in August as President of Trump University, according to one of his supporters. The loyalist, Harland Dorrinson, told reporters, “Donald J. Trump will be reinstated as President of Trump U. and will be teaching students how to get filthy rich in real estate by Labor Day.” Video From The New Yorker Dorrinson...

 

Trespass activity on Indian allotments is spiraling out of control

Indian Landowners Party is gathering information from allotment landowners on trespasses throughout Indian Country. In some cases people are building homes or other structures on the trust allotments without permission. Roads have been built across these allotments and pipelines have been built without the permission of the landowners. In all cases the Indian landowners are...

 

Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, has issued a statement about We Will Not Be Erased

When Rick Santorum, a former GOP Congressman from Pennsylvania, and a senior political commentator with CNN, asserted that the founders of the United States “birthed a nation from nothing,” he added to our nation’s false and shameful legacy of erasure of Native people. I come from a big family with many children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephe...

 

Rick Santorum at Young America's Foundation

Before I correct the record, let me address Rick Santorum directly without mincing words: Rick Santorum is an unhinged and embarrassing racist who disgraces CNN and any other media company that provides him a platform. Televising someone with his views on Native American genocide is fundamentally no different than putting an outright Nazi on television to justify the...

 

Native communities should avoid the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for now

The study results for the third COVID-19 vaccine, a single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson was good news for nearly everyone—but not for American Indians, nor Alaska Natives. The results are conclusive for lack of protection by 28 days after a dose for these two groups, who should avoid this vaccine for now and stick to the other two-dose (first and booster) vaccines....

 

President Biden, please stop Enbridge Line 3

Another egregious betrayal of Indigenous people's rights and a cynical betrayal of the U.S. legal process are currently taking place in northern Minnesota over Enbridge Energy's Line 3 oil pipeline out of Alberta, Canada. The line will carry what's known as tar sands oil - the dirtiest, most polluting and most...

 

Announcing "The Next Minnesota Economy" Series of Roundtables on Rebuilding a More Equitable Economy, for Everyone

As Minnesota’s battle to defeat COVID-19 continues, our equitable economic recovery is a top priority of Governor Tim Walz, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, and our team here at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This pandemic has had a devastating effect on so many of our state’s businesses and workers – and it has also caused many leader...

 

Haaland Hearing Brought Pride and Disgust

It was difficult to not get emotional as Rep. Deb Haaland testified at her confirmation hearing to become the 54th secretary of Dept. of the Interior before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The hearing that was held over two days and three rounds of questioning produced feelings of pride and disgust. I was...

 

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