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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...

 

Deb Haaland's Cabinet Appointment Will Give Native Youth the Hope They Need

Opinion. The selection of Rep. Deb Haaland, a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, as secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior is historic. It makes her the first American Indian to ever hold a cabinet-level position within a presidential administration in the history of the United States. If confirmed, Haaland will...

 

Marijuana legalization: Cannabis has downsides, especially for kids

There was a time in my life, in the not-so-distant past, when cannabis was immensely important to me. Not because I used it - I've tried it but don't like the way it makes me feel - but because voters in California were being asked whether pot should be legal for adult recreational use. I took it upon myself to try to fully...

 

Minnesota makes difficult choices as COVID cases mount

The COVID-19 vaccine is rolling out, but it will be months before enough people get the shots to end to the pandemic. Mitigation measures need to remain in place, which means prioritizing among the many activities that Minnesotans long to resume: classroom instruction, youth sports, social gatherings, dining out. "All of the...

 

The Death of Young Pregnant Mashpee Wampanoag Woman is Tip of the Iceberg of MMIWG Epidemic

Opinion. The news that Jalajhia Finklea's body was found in a field along a Florida highway came during Thanksgiving week. The young pregnant Mashpee Wampanoag tribal citizen went missing on October 20, 2020, on the night before her 18th birthday. Her remains were discovered over a month later 1,350 miles from her home. The...

 

Startups Key to Minnesota Post-Virus Economic Recovery

First, I’d just note that we gathered state leaders, partners and startups from across the state last week for a virtual event to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Launch Minnesota, a program designed to accelerate startups. You can find out more in Launch Minnesota’s First-Year Progress Report. I’d like to share a message I wrote – which appeared in the Star...

 

Letter to the Editor - "DELUSIONAL DONALD"

Congratulations to our President-elect Joe Biden and our Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their comfortable, convincing victory over the truly terrible, corrupt racist Republican Trump-Pence ticket. America is back, and diabolical Donald Trump is done! Like usual, dishonest Donald Trump and his dishonorable, dimwitted sycophants are lying nonstop to the American public,...

 

Trump wins another election... just for the wrong candidate!

Monday 9 November 2020 - The personal brand of Donald Trump. It's unmissable. Unapologetic. 100 percent Marmite (you either love it or hate it) – and according to leading brand strategist, George James Deeb, CEO of Stand Out, it's exactly what handed Joe Biden the keys to the White House. Yes, that's right. Trump stands 2-0...

 

Successful Voter Registration Drive at Red Lake

It was Friday October 9, 2020. I came to Red Lake Nation to witness the impressive Voter Registration Drive going on, a drive that registered roughly 5,500 new Red Lake voters. Yes, you read that right, 5,500 first time Red Lake voters. Success was due to the efforts of scores of Red Lake member canvassers...in a friendly...

 

A Tour of the New Red Lake Community Center - P2

It was Friday October 9 when I returned to Red Lake. It was one day shy of six months, my last visit being the March 10, Tribal Council meeting. It is the longest time without a visit in 26 years by far. COVID kept this Gichi-mookomaan in Bemijigamaag for long time with all events and powwows cancelled or postponed. The first...

 

A Tour of the New Red Lake Community Center

It was Friday October 9 when I returned to Red Lake. It was one day shy of six months, my last visit being the March 10, Tribal Council meeting. It is the longest time without a visit in 26 years by far. COVID kept this Gichi-mookomaan in Bemijigamaag for long time with all events and powwows cancelled or postponed. The first...

 

Covid-19 May be the "Final Nail in the Coffin" for Rural Hospitals

ST. PAUL, Minn. — With the nation’s attention riveted on Covid-19, the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) says the closures of the nation’s hospitals—170 closures of rural hospitals in the last 15 years and growing—is not getting the attention it should be receiving. “Patients in rural America are losing access to hospital care. They’re losing access...

 

States Should Follow Florida's Footsteps and Reopen

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) supports Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to reopen the state’s economy on September 25 after he consulted public health officials. Governor DeSantis’ latest executive order bars local governments from enforcing restaurant and bar closures, and bans fines and fees tied to local COVID-19 compliance...

 

Whatever Removes Donald Trump-a Miserable Bastard-From Public Life Is Good

“First and foremost, I pray for a speedy recovery for President Trump and the First Lady.” Okay. I got that out of the way. That lead is a quote of what virtually every pundit and politician has said this morning upon learning of the COVID diagnosis of Donald and Melania Trump. Indeed, it is reasonable to think that many of those people also spoke with those quotation...

 

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