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Public Pressure Can Halt this Meltdown of the Legislative Process

The 989-page legislation vetoed by Governor Dayton in May, was a “garbage bill.” It contained thousands of unrelated budget and policy provisions covering a vast range of issues. It lacked transparency and prevented accountability. It also violated the Minnesota constitution. Although legislators accept this...

 

Here are federal bills so good for Minnesota they should bridge the partisan gap

You don’t need an advanced degree in political science to recognize that our current federal political system is not running at peak performance. Combine the usual conflicts with a strange election year that sees every member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation on the ballot, and gridlock is the inevitable...

 

A unified response to attacks on the press

Editor’s note: In an effort initiated by the Boston Globe opinion staff, scores of American editorial boards today are joining their voices in responding to President Donald Trump’s relentless denigration of the American news media. Below, the Star Tribune Editorial Board’s contribution: Let’s start with a...

 

New Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school is complete but Bureau of Indian Education system is still crumbling.

The list of dignitaries on hand Monday to dedicate northern Minnesota’s new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School included U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. On his return to Washington, D.C., the Trump Cabinet member needs to send this critical message to his slow-moving agency: The work to rebuild crumbling Bureau...

 

Summer feeding programs can help prime kids for a successful school year - and life

Experts have dubbed it the “summer slide” or “summer learning loss” — the phenomenon where students’ cognitive skills noticeably slip during their summer breaks from school. This is likely because kids tend to be less disciplined during their nearly three-month-long vacations. They are not regularly...

 

Guns and the elderly: An under-the-radar public health hazard

There’s still a sense of shock in Paul Schnell’s voice when he talks about two murders that happened in the suburban community of Maplewood, where he served as police chief. Both involved an elderly parent shooting an adult child after arguments about what was on television — or what wasn’t. Kenneth Bowser,...

 

PETERSON OP-ED: SNAP already has work requirements… the problem is they're not working

Work requirements have been part of SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, since 1996. People between 16 and 59 have to work. The problem is that the requirements we have for able-bodied adults don’t work the way they should. They don’t work because they’re too rigid and don’t offer the states any flexibility,...

 

Death penalty case poses test for tribal sovereignty

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take a death penalty case that could significantly change the legal definition of Indian Country in Oklahoma. In 2000, Patrick Murphy, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, was convicted for murdering his girlfriend’s ex-husband, also a Creek Nation member, and leaving...

 

Opinion: Tribes focus on the Farm Bill, Agriculture

Indian Tribes in the heartland have focused on the opportunities presented by the farm bill in a more organized way than ever before. To help Native American communities shape this massive legislation, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community commissioned the Regaining Our Future report to analyze the risks and...

 

Enbridge's $5 million lobby

What could you do with $5 million? Well, if you were Enbridge, you could spend $5 million lobbying state officials in 2017 — more than twice the next largest lobbying interest and more than any other lobbying for a decade. The big spender last time was also Enbridge, which put in $200,000 to lobby for their last big...

 

Weighing the mental health risks of marijuana use

With the emergence of new categories of cannabis such as skunk or superskunk at the end of the 1990's, several studies have shown the risk of mental illness linked to the use of these new varieties. British psychiatrists have investigated these substances in cases of psychosis, paranoid delirium and schizophrenia. Can...

 

OPINION: Farmers Must Be Central to Trade Negotiations

St. Paul, MN - Minnesota’s farmers are among the most productive in the nation. We boast 73,200 farm operations, and we’re among the ten top states producing commodities like soybeans, corn, wheat, and pork. We all depend upon agriculture to inject vitality into the economies that feed and fuel the state of...

 

Letter to the Editor: Proposed legislation to implement a MN State Autism Registry.

Sir/Ma'am, I’m writing to you to express my concern about proposed legislation to implement a MN State Autism Registry. My hope is that the media will cover this issue and educate the public as it affects some of the most vulnerable in Minnesota. AuSM supporters and other members of Minnesota’s autism and...

 

A Message from the Red Lake School District

Red Lake Schools Families and Staff, Every year on this day, there are concerns and rumors surrounding the safety of our schools. This year, those types of concerns and rumors have surrounded us in the national media as well. For the Red Lake School community and the...

 

Letter: Floyd" Buck" Jourdain

Boozhoo, members of the Red Lake Nation, My name is Floyd" Buck" Jourdain. I am running for Tribal Chairman and am respectfully asking for your vote on May 16th in the tribal election. I was born and raised in Red Lake where I live with my wife Gina and our family. I...

 

John Shipley: Vikings need to make a serious run at Kirk Cousins

There are NFL teams out there that can take an injury-discount flier on Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings aren’t one of them. After winning 14 games and advancing to the NFC title game, they’re ready for a big-time passer who can take them all the way. His name is Kirk Cousins. http...

 

America as Indian Country

I don’t often cotton to museum shows that are educational in character—when I want instruction, I’ll read something—but I love, and I wish everyone would see, “Americans,” at the National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, D.C. It is keyed to the ubiquity of Native Americans in popular culture....

 

Letter to the Editor: The Opioid Epidemic is a National Emergency

Last summer, President Trump’s national opioid commission recommended that he declare the opioid epidemic a “national emergency” or a “public health emergency.” It was my hope that the President would choose the former, which would have allowed for the use of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds...

 

"Trump decries immigrants from 'shithole countries' coming to US." - CNN 1/11/18

Trump repeats the lie of American exceptionalism. It's not about Trump, it's about the system, the lie. Trump has just exposing the soft underbelly myth of American Exceptionalism which followed with the Doctrine of Discovery of 1493, and Manifest Destiny. If we...

 

How Native American Artists Are Getting the Market Boost They Need

Check anyone’s Instagram feed from Coachella this year (or last, or the year before) and you’re likely to see feathers, beads, and moccasins. Urban Outfitters sold Navajo Hipster Panties. And the Santa Fe Indian Market (SWAIA) drew more than 175,000 people since 2014, who collectively spent $140 million, up from...

 

Beans, often overlooked, are ripe with history

I planted an unnamed variety of yellow wax bean in late July -- about two dozen seeds -- and by late summer the vines were so vigorous and fruitful I couldn't keep up with them in the kitchen. This overabundance of crop was fine, because with a winning bean like that, you want to stop picking it a few weeks before the...

 

A Commentary by Betsy DeVos: 'Tolerating Low Expectations for Children With Disabilities Must End'

Earlier this year the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision. The justices ruled 8-0 in Endrew F. vs. Douglas County School District that Endrew, a child with autism, was entitled to an educational program that required more than the "de minimis"—or minimum—progress set by his assigned school. This...

 

The Most Mind-Blowing Aspects of Al Franken's Demise

Al Franken resigned (sort of) from the U.S. Senate today. His shocking demise came about as a result of accusations against him, about which I have written extensively and of which, despite having no affinity for Franken, I am more suspect than ever, especially after his emotional speech on the Senate floor. There are...

 

Editorial: Minnesota should take tangible steps to improve Native rights

Recently, President Donald Trump welcomed three veterans of the “code talker” program to the White House for an event honoring their service. After one of the survivors and a former chairman of the Navajo Nation gave a brief address, President Trump made some garbled comments and insulted Sen. Elizabeth Warren,...

 

Tax cuts? Hell. No. Thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native children will lose health insurance

Congress has yet to reenact the Children’s Health Insurance Program and states will soon run out of funds to prop up the program. That will mean that thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native children will lose their health insurance. And, the result is the Indian Health Service will have to stretch its already...

 

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