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No One Knows How Many Indigenous Women Are Missing or Murdered

I won’t pretend to be impartial. This, like most of the issues I write about, is highly personal. The issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit people (collectively known as MMIWG2) impacts all Indigenous lives. Most of us know a relative or community member that has gone missing or been...

 

An Epidemic of Violence Against Native American Women

Americans may be largely unaware of the extreme and pervasive dangers facing American Indian and Alaska Native women. According to a National Institute of Justice study, more than half have been sexually assaulted. More than a third have been raped — a proportion more than double that of white women. For girls and...

 

State of the Union address lacked a coherent vision

President Donald Trump's call for unity during his State of the Union address was a welcome change from his typically combative, divisive mode. But for such a call to ring genuine, Trump will have to follow with strong actions. He should not, as he did during the...

 

Which Class of 43 Million people was Conspicuously Omitted in Trump's SOTU?

While some sat on their hands, others leaped to their feet to applaud President Trump’s soaring appeal during his State of the Union Address for the current Congress to honor its legacy by tackling immense issues. Border security, immigration, AIDS, and pediatric cancer made President Trump’s issues lists worthy...

 

LOVE AND THE ART OF GIVE AND TAKE

One day my 9-year-old was playing violin outside a small shopping plaza. She’s done this before and it’s common for people to watch for a while and then throw some money in her violin case. But this time, using her words “Daddy, a man who smelled like alcohol and didn’t look right gave me money.” On her way...

 

34,709 Recent Crimes Committed by Illegal Aliens: Where's the News Coverage?

There were 34,709 crimes of various types committed by illegal aliens in fiscal years 2016, 2017 and the 11 months of 2018, according to the United States Customs and Border Patrol or CBP, one of the seven components of the Department of Homeland Security. While the largest number of crimes - more than fifteen...

 

The Donald Trump of 1990 Was Also Disturbingly the Most Popular Man In America

There are a lot of sayings about how history is always repeating itself, about how if we want to learn about the future, we need to understand the past. But it never feels like it applies to the period in which we are living until we’ve suffered through it and can contrast it with the past, and that’s never felt...

 

COMMENTARY: Shutdown needs to end soon

So much in this region and with our Tribe centers around the federal government. Just for starters, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has a highly visible presence here. Indian Health Service provides a significant chunk of funding for Cherokee Indian Hospital. Housing and Urban Development provides some funding for...

 

In the Time of the Bear and the Green New Deal

In the middle of winter, the Bears sleep, and dream of food and adventures to come ahead. That’s the time when we reflect and make plans for the spring. A Bear is also what they call a falling stock market- and that’s what happened this December. As of Christmas, all of the major indexes have lost l6 to 26 percent...

 

On 'Native Election Night,' I Know My Mother Would Have Been Proud

While covering the midterms from Minnesota, I couldn't help but feel the pride my mother would have felt had she lived to see this day. Although I've covered a number of emotionally charged stories, I don't often cry during the course of reporting. It's not so much...

 

Statistically speaking, does it make sense for you to vote? Yes

With a national election at hand, now is a good time to ask: Is it rational for you to vote? And by extension, was it worth your while to pay attention to whatever the candidates and party leaders have been saying for the past year or so? http://www.startribune.com/statisistically-speaking-does-it-m...

 

Can maths solve the fake news voting conundrum?

With the American midterm elections around the corner, rumours of a UK general election in the winter, and a potential second referendum on Brexit, mathematicians from the University of Surrey and AXA Switzerland have produced a mathematical model that details the...

 

Election endorsement: Tim Walz, a uniter, for governor

Minnesota needs a uniter in the governor’s office over the next four years. This state’s success was built on its people’s capacity to come together to solve problems and seize opportunities. That capacity has eroded, in part because two decades of divide-and-conquer politics have pitted regions, races, genders...

 

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Lack of competition allows prescription drug costs to spiral

This last May, Nicole Smith-Holt and James Holt Jr. joined with other families at our State Capitol to speak out against the skyrocketing cost of insulin. The Holts weren’t just there as advocates, but as parents — motivated by the loss of their 26-year-old son, Alec. http://www.startribune.com/...

 

Equipping Youth Serving Organizations

I had a friend this week take a screen shot of his youth protection training certificate and send it to me with a positive note about how comprehensive it was and how he feels he is better equipped to coach. A different friend reached out to me this week with concerns about boundary violations she was seeing in the...

 

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...

 

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