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MCCL statement on Ellison's 'consumer alert' on pregnancy care centers

MINNEAPOLIS — MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Ellison's decision today to issue a "consumer alert" warning about pregnancy care centers in Minnesota: "Keith Ellison is acting like an advocate for the abortion industry, not for Minnesota women. Pregnancy care centers provide practical help and alternatives...

 

Illegal Drug Usage is a Crisis in Indian Country. Now is the Time to Act.

The end of this month marks International Overdose Awareness Day. Each year on August 31, the day is recognized globally to bring focus to prescription opioid overdose risk and preventing drug-related harm. Unfortunately, we don't have to leave Indian Country to see the severe damage drugs are wreaking on our tribal...

 

The Power of Moccasins on the Road to Healing & Reconciliation

In the 1990s, the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City had an exhibition called All Roads Are Good that included more than 100 pairs of moccasins placed in a circle with the drum in the center. Instead of simply placing the moccasins on the floor, they were strategically arranged with the heels elevated and...

 

Indian Country Must Push Back on Conservative Attempts to Whitewash Boarding School History

About thirty years ago, I made a deal with myself to read at least one book a year written by a conservative right-winger so that I could try to understand the rationale behind their positions on race relations and governmental policy. As the years flew by and the United States became extremely polarized, I stopped reading...

 

How 75,847 Signatures Helped Restore Jim Thorpe's Place in Olympic History

Jim Thorpe, a citizen of the Sac and Fox Nation, is an iconic hero among Native Americans. He was a dominant college athlete, a medal-winning Olympian and a Hall-of-Fame professional football player. He also played professional baseball and basketball, for good measure. His reputation was perhaps cemented when King Gustav of...

 

The truth about mosquitoes - and what you may be doing wrong

The start of July typically marks the peak of mosquito season in Minnesota. You know what to do. Stock up on citronella candles, wear garlic around your neck, scare them with direct sunlight, stake 'em in the heart, and whatever you do, never invite a mosquito into your home. Where was I? Oh, yes, distilling fact from fiction...

 

The Dilemma of the Fourth of July

Editor's Note: This commentary was published in observance of the Fourth of July holiday in 2015. Native News Online is republishing it again this year. The other day I was eating dinner with my wife in a restaurant located in Gallup, New Mexico, a border town to the Navajo reservation. Gallup was recently named "Most Patriotic...

 

Indian Country Needs More Native American Dentists

Teague Rutherford (Aaniih and Nakoda) will begin his third year of dental school this fall at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. He remembers clearly the moment he decided to become a dentist. He was nine years old and was receiving treatment from an off-reservation dentist. He loved how the dentist treated him...

 

MCCL to respond to Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson abortion ruling

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's oldest and largest pro-life organization, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), will respond to the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson ruling when it is handed down within the coming days. MCCL will issue a press release immediately following the ruling. MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach and other MCCL spokespersons will be...

 

Walking Where My Grandmother Walked: My Journey to the Genoa U.S. Indian Industrial School

The GPS directed us down a residential street in western Nebraska to the Genoa U.S. Indian Industrial School Museum. To my surprise, what remains of the 640-acre site that was once the fourth largest non-reservation Indian boarding school are just two buildings. They're in close proximity to each other, including a museum that...

 

Representative Grossell Memorial Day Letter to the Editor

This Memorial Day weekend, so many will use the day for cookouts and to kick off summer. But Memorial Day actually exists for more solemn reasons: to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can all live freely. Their sacrifice deserves our respect and honor. These men and women gave all and without their sacrifice, we would not enjoy the freedoms...

 

Federal Indian Boarding School System Intentionally Sought to Destroy Native Families

Opinion. The 106-page Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report released on May 11 provides a glimpse into the deliberate intention of the federal government to disrupt the Native American family structure through assimilation. The report says the government's plan involved the permanent breaking of family...

 

500 Deaths Cited in Indian Boarding School Report Are the Tip of the Iceberg

Opinion. The long-awaited Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report was released by the U.S. Department of the Interior at noon on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. A short while later, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) arrived in the Interior's board room for a press conference on the report. Haaland...

 

CNN: "Jill Biden: What Ukrainian mothers taught me about this war"

Over Mother's Day weekend, First Lady Jill Biden visited Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine and met with Ukrainian mothers and children who have been forced to flee their home country because of Putin’s war. CNN (Opinion): Jill Biden: What Ukrainian mothers taught me about this war [Jill Biden, 05/11/22] You cannot go into a war zone and not come away unchanged. You don't have...

 

Senecas push against New York in gaming dispute

The Seneca Nation has been engaged in a five-year long gaming dispute with New York state that got real ugly the last weekend of March. On an especially cold and wintry late March Saturday, when a good number of Senecas were happily headed to KeyBank Center to celebrate Native American Heritage Day at a Buffalo Bandits lacrosse game, the Seneca Nation’s financial world came...

 

Righting a wrong on tribal land

The Violence Against Women Act, which provides a broad array of protections to victims of sexual violence, never should have been allowed to lapse in 2019. Thankfully, that wrong has been righted as part of the larger spending bill recently passed by Congress. Within it is a reauthorization of the act along with five years of...

 

Minnesotans should put their masks back on

We are public health scientists who conduct research to inform evidence-based policy. We were disappointed when the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took a radical turn in its COVID-19 prevention policy recommendations. The CDC recently released new guidance on the assessment of community COVID-19 risk,...

 

In Indian Country, the Biden presidency is a revelation

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the largest single financial investment in Indian Country in the history of the United States. Reflecting on the Biden-Harris administration, the past year has been filled with historic appointments, federal actions and investments in Indian...

 

Stop tech giants from destroying local news

Journalism is so fundamental to the workings of a democracy that the founders made freedom of the press first in the Bill of Rights. But this industry, so vital to an educated citizenry, is being financially undermined by two monoliths that have taken the content generated by newspapers, TV, radio and others and used it to reap...

 

Makes no scientific sense, but Minnesota DNR, Legislature mull cutting walleye limit from six to four

Since the pandemic's onset, the words "follow the science" have been spoken so many times by so many people on so many sides of so many issues, the directive has all but lost its meaning. On the mask/no mask issue alone, follow the science means one thing one day and another the next. Yet when it comes to how many walleyes a...

 

Jim Harbaugh: The rare big name who wanted us and was rejected

There is a certain insecurity that comes from living in flyover country. It's OK. We can admit it. Like small talk about the weather and casual passive-aggressiveness, wanting to be liked comes with the territorial border of Minnesota. This plays out in a variety of ways, including claiming as "one of us" anyone who might have...

 

The balance of new Indigenous leadership

It’s official, the Washington NFL football team is now known as the Commanders. The change comes after a half century of work by Native rights advocates who urged team owners to abandon its former derogatory name. Red Lake Band of Ojibwe citizen and political commentator Holly Cook Macarro reflects on this decision. She is a partner with Spirit Rock Consulting. With the...

 

Can't dethrone Brett Favre's signing, but Jim Harbaugh to Vikings would be epic shocker

We are talking drama at the moment of occurrence, and in that category, the ability of the Vikings to hire Jim Harbaugh as their new coach would be No. 2 all-time with this franchise. The events of Aug. 18, 2009, when Brett Favre, the quarterback rival for the ages, arrived at the downtown St. Paul airport and was followed by...

 

"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...

 

The elephant in the Vikings interview rooms wears No. 8

Virtual interviews for the Vikings' general manager position are continuing this week. There is an elephant in those Zooms, a conundrum that hovers over the organization and cannot be pushed aside to a later date. It might not be the first question posed to candidates, but somewhere in the first half-hour of those conversations...

 

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