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Remembering Clyde Bellecourt: Making Sure We Had Money for a Meal on Our Way Home from Standing Rock

It was a blustery Monday in North Dakota during the first week of December in 2016. Strong Great Plains winds pushed my body down the hill from the highway back into the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock. Around noon, after covering a march with hundreds of veterans, word spread through the camp that highways were closed and...

 

Remote learning? We're done with it.

I didn't log my children into remote learning the other day. Around 4 p.m. Sunday we received the dreaded e-mail from Minneapolis Public Schools: "tomorrow will be an e-learning day." My first response: "Nope, not doing it." https://www.startribune.com/remote-learning-were-done-with-it/600135244/...

 

We Can Do This Indian Country

What some are calling the fifth surge since the pandemic began almost two years ago, the Omicron variant is causing an unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases and causing a severe strain on hospital capacity across the country. On Friday, NBC News reported COVID cases were up 204 percent as compared to the two prior weeks. At mid-...

 

"We need you. Come join us" – A Message from Minnesota's Health Care Employers

I was honored to lead a robust roundtable discussion yesterday featuring representatives of the hospital, long-term care, and disability services industries, along with labor, employer and worker representatives, as well as leaders of the Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development, Education, Health, Human Services, and the Office of Higher Education. We...

 

Can the Wilfs build a new football operation? That's the big question for Vikings

Zygi and Mark Wilf never have been meddlesome NFL owners. The businessmen leave football matters to their football experts, which is an admirable management style that works right up until the situation requires a knowledgeable, hands-on approach. Now is that time. The Vikings have arrived at a crossroads with their football...

 

Ready to help keep schools open?

Thousands of flight cancellations, five-and-counting holiday football bowl games called off, and countless professional athletes benched due to swiftly spreading COVID outbreaks are ominous harbingers for K-12 education as the long winter break's end looms. The new and highly transmissible omicron variant, as well as the...

 

Minnesota leads the way in offering paid break time for nursing, lactating employees to express milk at work

The following is an editorial by Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Roslyn Robertson about changes to the Women's Economic Security Act. Minnesota is now the third state to offer paid break time for nursing and lactating employees to express milk at work. Following Georgia and Illinois, effective Jan. 1, 2022, employers in Minnesota will no longer be allowed to...

 

No excuse not to get tested in Minnesota

Long lines at COVID-19 testing locations in New York and elsewhere recently illustrated two smart moves Minnesota made early in the pandemic: setting up no-cost "community testing sites" and launching a program that delivers free tests to homes. There are now 24 community testing sites statewide. The high-population metro is...

 

Ethical decision is protecting patients

Generations of families have brought their loved ones to Mayo Clinic when disease strikes, sometimes traveling thousands of miles to do so. The trust placed in this renowned medical center obligates it to put patients' health first at all times. In a pandemic, that means requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for staff. Those who come...

 

Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here's how to prepare for the expected throng

More than 53 million Americans are expected to travel this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, and experts are predicting significant crowds on the roads and at airports nationwide, including Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Here's how to prepare for the expected throng. If you're flying - and some 4.2 million people...

 

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...

 

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