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$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...

 

8 Indigenous moments for President's Day

President’s Day is a funny holiday. Its roots celebrate two presidents — George Washington and Abraham Lincoln — who have, well, complicated histories. Washington, it could be said, was the first president to recognize the treaty process itself. In a message to Congress Washington wrote: “The general Government only has the power, to treat with the Indian Nations, and...

 

Band member voices - Giving back to the community

Aaniin. I'm Randell. I am a recovering alcoholic and addict. I want to share with you what helps keep me walking on the Red Road today. There are a lot of ways to begin your journey on the Red Road to Wellbriety. One thing that I have noticed in Native communities is that a lot of people that start their journey to the...

 

Great Discussion on Roundtable Helps Wrap Up Health Care Month

Throughout January, DEED and our partners in CareerForce focused on highlighting the critical role the health care sector plays in Minnesota’s economy as well as the many employment opportunities in this in-demand field. As a part of our Health Care Month activities, DEED hosted two roundtables in January organized by DEED’s Workforce Strategy Consultants. Last Wednesday,...

 

Why the Senate may convict Trump

The day before the Capitol Hill riot, Jonathan Last of the Bulwark wrote a dark valediction for Sen. Mitch McConnell's attempts to "manage, contain and outlast Donald Trump." As a master of institutional power, McConnell probably believed that he had the upper hand over President Donald Trump, because only institutional power...

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Our Nation was Born in Genocide

As Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, across America, many tribal, federal, state and local governments will be closed to honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday should be more than a day off work or school. It should be a day of reflection. It should be a day to reflect on justice...

 

Second Immigrant and Refugee Forum Sparked Good Discussion and Provides Useful Resources

I’m really excited about the great exchange of ideas that took place during our second Immigrant and Refugee Forum earlier this month. The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) hosts these forums the first Tuesday of the month to bring together immigrant and refugee community advocates, business...

 

Better than this? That's not U.S. history

Four years ago I was invited to a meeting with a variety of tribal and community leaders to talk about the election of Donald Trump and what it meant. I was told to be bold, push the thinking to a new place. So my talk focused on how tribal nations should prepare for the end of the United States. My basic premise is that our governments pre-date the United States and will be...

 

ICYMI This Week: Stop Line 3 featured in The New York Times, The Nation and more

This week in The Nation, Honor the Earth executive director Winona LaDuke filed an on-the-ground report from the ‘occupied’ town of Palisade, Minnesota. LaDuke writes: “Enbridge, the largest pipeline company in the world, is hell-bent on jamming through their Line 3 Pipeline, the company’s most massive project, under the cover of this Covid winter as fast as they...

 

The Attack on the U.S. Capitol Shows America Exactly Who We Are

Opinion. On September 11, 2001, 40 brave Americans-true patriots-came to the realization the jet plane they were on had been hijacked by four foreign terrorists. The flight originated in Newark, N.J. and was bound for San Francisco. The hijackers diverted the jet towards the dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Because...

 

Focus on restraining Trump until he's gone

In the aftermath of a shocking, destructive invasion of the U.S. Capitol by domestic terrorists who were incited to action by President Donald Trump, Americans have some hard truths to face. This is a president who has gone rogue. The top priority now for Vice President Mike Pence, Congress and other leaders must be how best to...

 

COVID masks for young athletes are worse than useless

On Jan. 4, sports from the youth to the high school level were scheduled to resume under new regulations from the Minnesota Department of Health. According to these new rules, all athletes must wear face coverings while competing in their sports (with exceptions given to wrestling, swimming, cheerleading and gymnastics). I have...

 

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