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School lunch shouldn't come with a side of shame

Minnesota children deserve the best educations possible, no matter their ZIP code, race or economic status. They deserve the best teachers in safe and healthy classrooms. They deserve to have access to the materials they need for class. And they deserve to eat lunch...

 

It's Time to Rethink the 'Trend' of Burning Sage on Instagram

"Cleanse Your Head of Bad Vibes," reads an email that recently landed in my inbox, announcing a new sage-infused shampoo — one of many 2019 beauty launches that cheekily refers to the energy-clearing power of white sage, or Salvia apiana, a medicinal herb native to southern California and northern Mexico. For years...

 

Happy 'Ampuversary': One year after losing my leg, I have control over my life again

Sometimes the most mundane things can make you stop and think. The other day, watching the way an elderly couple relied on each other reminded me of how domestic violence changed my life. Less than a year ago, I sat in my hospital room trying to deal with the news that my broken foot had to be amputated. Unlike a...

 

It's Not Just About 'The Day' - Do We Need Columbus At All?

Let’s talk history. Not pre-Columbian history or even 1492 history, but 2002. Seventeen years ago. It was early fall and season four of The Sopranos was just getting rolling. Episode three of that season, titled “Christopher,” opens on Tony Soprano’s goons sitting outside a butcher shop doing their Mafiosi...

 

Educational disparities still plague Minnesota students

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has just released a comprehensive report on the performance of Minnesota's K-12 schools in preparing our children for their futures. On average, Minnesota schools perform well compared with other states. Unfortunately, those...

 

Big Changes Ahead - North Dakota Blizzard - Winter Storm Rating Scale

I had a Category 5 dinner Sunday (Filipino food). This morning I woke up to a minor Category 3 headache. Maybe it's the seasons shifting gears? We rank hurricanes and tornadoes on a scale from 1-5, why not winter storms? NOAA is testing an experimental WSSI scale (Winter Storm Severity Index) that has 5 levels. The...

 

With Enbridge's Line 3, Minnesota has betrayed American Indian people yet again

Two summers ago, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) created what then-MNDOT Commissioner Charlie Zell called "an incredibly horrific event." The highway department desecrated 33 Ojibwe graves while rebuilding a bridge on Highway 23 in Duluth, because...

 

Rep. Deb Haaland: Native American women are paid far less than white men-here's a way to fix it

If I told you that Native women have to work 22 months to make what their white male counterparts make in 12 months, would you be surprised? This year, Native American Equal Pay Day lands on Sept. 23, a day that shows how much longer Native women must work before they earn the same amount their white male counterparts...

 

House Democrats: Ignore DHS Chaos, hold hearings on legalized suicide

The problems at Minnesota’s largest state agency and one of the largest share of the state budget, the Department of Human Services (DHS), has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. From the Childcare Fraud during session, to a mass exodus of leadership over the summer, the problems at DHS have only grown. I...

 

How extreme weather threatens disabled people

It took Kathlean Wolf a few extra minutes to get ready. She had to put the braces on her feet that allow her to walk. But once ready to go, she was winding through tall grasses of the marshy stormwater swale across from her apartment on the east side of Madison, Wisconsin. As she walked, Wolf, a certified master...

 

DFL embraces legalization of recreational marijuana at our peril

The Democratic Party is at its best when it stands up for children's well-being. It's at its worst when its libertarian impulses trump that vital value. (That's true of the Republican Party, too.) Former Gov. Mark Dayton admirably stood up for children's well-being by...

 

Whac-A-Mole policies toward homelessness are cruel and ineffective

There's a new game in town called Homeless Whac-A-Mole. In the traditional model of the game, the term is used colloquially to denote a repetitious and futile task. The object of the game is to force the moles back into their holes by hitting them directly on the head....

 

A culture of fear in Indian Country

I didn't need her to tell me she was afraid, although she did. Her fear radiated through the phone, lacing her warm voice with nervous laughter. We were there to talk about her grandson and his experience being a Native American public school student in central Oregon...

 

Trump's immigration policy is caging indigenous children. This is the America Native people know.

Donald Trump and his nasty administration are anything but unique. In fact, whether they know it or not, they are repeating U.S. history in more ways than one. Here, in McAllen, Texas, indigenous people fleeing violence and seeking asylum are, right now, locked in chain-link cages and lying on concrete floors, where...

 

National security begins at home - with health security

I'm talking to people across Iowa - but also around the country. Part of that is engaging with lots of great people who defend causes close to my hearts. One of those - which was a passion that led me to organize the first ever robotics olympics for young people from...

 

Native American Churches on Proposed Changes to Rules for the Religious Use of Bird Feathers

I am Natalie Landreth, a senior attorney for the Native American Rights Fund. I’m speaking today on behalf of the National Council of Native American Churches (National Council or NCNAC), which consists of the Native American Church of North America, the Native American Church of Oklahoma, the Native American Church...

 

New Mexico Delegation Announces $600,000 to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Rural Communities

Commentary: U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded three grants totaling $600,000 to rural communities across New Mexico and Indian Country in...

 

Will Artificial Intelligence Soon Replace Doctors?

With approximately 160,000 deaths in 2018 due to lung cancer, it is the most common cause of cancer death in the United States. The U.S Preventive Services Task Force has set out new guidelines for the use of low dose computed tomography (LDCP) that have recently been updated for individuals at high risk of having...

 

Kanye joins other Celebs to bring Health Conditions into Public Consciousness

A special episode of the Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman airing May 31 features Kanye West describing how he manages his mental health, particularly his manic episodes. Kanye West does a public service proclaiming to the world that he lives with bipolar disorder, a condition in...

 

Half the fun is catching the fish; half the fun is complaining about it

I love to fish. But I hate it. I hate it because the ecstasy of catching a walleye, netting a trout or admiring a crimson sunset is so often soiled by the agony of lines in props, lines at boat launches or lines of blood drooling down a finger because a wiggly northern...

 

Mueller Report "Cliff Notes" by Pat Welle

The Special Counsel Office (Mueller) Report is downloadable as a pdf at multiple sites online such as news outlets. etc. Here is the link posted by the Department of Justice. https://www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf In testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1st, 2019, Attorney General William Barr...

 

Federal Judge Rules That The Public Has No Right To Know About Dakota Pipeline Spills

In Brief The Facts: A federal judge has now given Energy Transfer Partners legal permission to hide information about which areas of the pipeline are at risk for spills. Reflect On: Why are we still using oil when humanity have several other means to generate energy? Why is the corporate dominance of geopolitics never...

 

FINDING HUMOR IN DARK PLACES

In an interview with AARP some years back, they mentioned so many people serving as caregivers don’t necessarily see themselves or identify as a caregiver. They asked, “How do people know if they are indeed a caregiver?” The question struck me as hilariously funny, and lapsing into my best Jeff Foxworthy impressi...

 

35th Anniversary of HIV Discovery on April 23

It has been 35 years since the historic discovery of HIV, the retrovirus believed to cause AIDS. Following three long and scary years since first learning about a then-nameless but virtually always fatal illness, the world held its collective breath as HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler stood at the podium for a press...

 

The Mueller Report's Missing Color

Washington DC insiders and members of the national news media remain consumed with Barr's redaction colors. Which color will cloak classified information? What hue will hide third-party privacy? While we don't yet have a scorecard on every tint, we do know of one color...

 

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