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13 Days And 9 Police Officers…….

13 days, 9 officers dead. Their pictures aren’t going viral, the internet is not outraged, and it’s not newsworthy. None of the families will receive benefits and many will not get a funeral with honors. Their deaths will go unnoticed by the general public. Why? Because they weren’t killed by others. They were...

 

Mark Trahant: Indian Country isn't valued as lawmakers move on tax reform bill

There is no better way for any legislature — be it a tribal council, a state assembly, or a Congress — to telegraph what’s most important to a society than through tax policy. How a government collects revenue says what constituent groups are seen to matter. And, conversely, what groups and issues are insignifica...

 

Headwaters Country needs our help

I am now sixty-nine years old and every spring since I was in my teens I have put my canoe in Bemijigamaag or below the Otter Tail Power Dam eight miles downstream and paddle down to Chi Ma'iingan Lake. It was an annual ritual then and still is only now I have a wife...

 

Arne Vainio: I blamed myself for my father's death by suicide for over 50 years

Suicide is a scary subject and it’s a touchy subject. Almost everyone has been touched by suicide and those left behind most often suffer in silence. It’s difficult for people to bring up the names to family and friends for fear of reopening wounds too deep to easily close again and those names remain unspoken....

 

COLLIN C. PETERSON: Veterans Day is a day of reflection

Today we honor all the men and women who’ve served our country. A veteran’s commitment to protecting America should never go unnoticed or unappreciated. President Dwight D. Eisenhower rightfully saw the need for a time dedicated to our veterans and proclaimed November 11th as Veterans Day. We reflect on the sacrifi...

 

Native Sun News Today Editorial: A special salute to the Native Americans who proudly served

When the veterans of the many wars came home to the United States and to their home Indian reservations they were looked upon with pride and honored. Ceremonies were often held to honor them. Clement Crazy Thunder, a United States Marine, came home on leave during World War II and met up with an old friend, Hobart...

 

Election night brings good news for Native American candidates

A year ago ballots from across the country were being examined by citizens, journalists, and politicians, who were all wondering, “What the hell just happened?” The nation woke up to a President-elect Donald J. Trump. And this morning? The Trump brand is like an overpriced hotel where you would never, ever stay a...

 

Apprenticeship: An answer to Minnesota's skills gap

Across Minnesota, employers are worried about the shortage of job candidates with the necessary skills and abilities to enter high-demand occupations. For more and more employers, the answer to addressing this skills gap is to use the centuries-old apprenticeship training system that combines on-the-job learning with...

 

Taking exception: 'The disrespect that modern Native Americans battle'

We are the Tribal Council of the Prairie Island Indian Community, which is a sovereign nation and a federally recognized Indian tribe. Our people, the Mdewakanton Dakota Oyate, have lived in the area now known as Minnesota for centuries. Our Dakota ancestors survived here, even when our land was taken away, the...

 

Letter to the Editor: Action needed to address the opioid epidemic

In April 2016, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015 was signed into law after passing unanimously in both the House and the Senate. Originally marketed as a non-controversial bipartisan bill, Members were led to believe that it would help secure pain medications for patients and make...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: It is about time that someone who is "in the know" told you and your readers the truth about a phrase that is very often used by today's "Conservatives." That phrase is "Limited-Government Conservative." To me, those are the three most frightening words in the English language. You might have noticed...

 

The Native American Casualties of US Immigration Policy

Ophelia Rivas: My name is Ophelia Rivas, but my family knows me as Ilya. You know, the place where I come from is beautiful land. We've lived there for centuries and we have a way of life that we've followed for all those years. We continue parts of it right now, but the political effects that are imposed on our...

 

Letter to the Editor about Hunger

Disaster can strike anywhere. Hurricane Harvey has shown us that we are all vulnerable to circumstances beyond our control, and safety net programs like SNAP (formerly food stamps) can help families through a crisis. I recently had the opportunity to speak before members of the House Agriculture Committee at at Farmfes...

 

Editorial: Savanna's death should have us all asking questions

One week ago, on a beautiful late-summer evening, the body of 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was found on the east bank of the Red River north of Fargo-Moorhead. It was bound in plastic and duct tape, a final disrespectful act perpetrated by those who seemingly saw her as only a vessel for the baby she...

 

Congressman, Native American: When political correctness runs amok -- erasing our history doesn't change it

The conversation happening in our nation in light of recent events is more about political correctness than the issue at hand. Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and terrorists are bad people. The ideals of these groups are in opposition to everything our nation stands for and everything that holds true to our founding...

 

Obesity in Indian Country Is Mostly the Same; Why That's Incremental Progress

The most fundamental question about government is this: Does it work? When does government — tribal, state or federal — actually make a difference in our lives? There are two ways to answer that question, data and story. Data tells what happens over time, a reference point that ought to provide the proof of...

 

Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over

The Trump presidency ended yesterday. “… Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee,” Donald J. Trump said. “I’m not talking about...

 

Dos and Don'ts for Democrats Ahead of 2018 and 2020 Elections

I’m going to state this clearly and simply for the Democratic Leadership in Congress, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Super-Delegates, DNC National Leadership and DNC State Leaders. This is about what you should do and what you should not do for the 2018 and 2020 Elections. https://indianc...

 

Tulsa World editorial: Federal court blocks state prosecution of American Indians in Creek 'reservation'

A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals really upset the state’s legal apple cart Tuesday, when it ruled that Oklahoma criminal courts in the 11 counties of the Creek Nation don’t have jurisdiction in cases involving American Indian defendants or victims. All we could say when we read that was:...

 

Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September

September is going to be a mess. Congress must sort out some really complicated fiscal issues. There is the budget, an increase in the debt limit, how much to spend on federal programs and services, and, if there’s time, tax reform. This should be easy in a one-party government. Republicans come up with a budget...

 

Op-Ed: Go Outside and Give Your Trees the Once-Over During National Tree Check Month

It's August, and that means it's time to check your trees - maple, ash, birch, poplar, willow - to make sure they are healthy, strong, and pest-free. We know the damaging effects emerald ash borer and gypsy moth can have on our tress. During National Tree Check Month,...

 

Trump is breaking the federal government's promises to Native Americans

When Republicans made yet another unsuccessful attempt to take away healthcare from millions of Americans last month, Native Americans, specifically Alaska Natives, worked to ensure that Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted against the plan, sealing its defeat. They fought against the “skinny repeal” because they understood...

 

Native Americans deserve better

As I ended a road trip to America’s majestic Southwest, I came away with some unexpected feelings, including some I already believed and others that were surprising. I flew to Las Vegas then drove back through Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming before entering the far less visually exciting “Great...

 

Our View: Law meant to protect tribal kids could put them in harm's way

An odd child custody case involving a local family could have nationwide implications. Lake Havasu City attorney Brad Rideout, working with the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, filed an appeal last month to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that seeks to terminate the parental rights of the mother of his clients. So...

 

What part of police shootings are the chief's fault?

Attention to the police shootings of recent years has finally found a scapegoat in Janeé Harteau. Her resignation as Minneapolis police chief on Friday at Mayor Betsy Hodges’ behest signals one of two things: an attempt at changing the culture of the Minneapolis Police Department to a more restrained response, or a...

 

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