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Chairman Stevens Reflects on Newtown


Angered. Confused. These are the two words that would describe me as I heard about the shootings in Newtown Connecticut. I was angered because it was so senseless and heartless. I was also confused because I couldn’t believe that places as safe as a school can so quickly become a war zone.

I have been given a great opportunity to travel this country and talk about the success stories of our Native people and of how strong, innovative and full of hope we are. It has been a blessing. And I’m thankful to share that good news. We are strong and tenacious.

However, yesterday reminded me of how delicate our lives are. I’m a man who is married to the love of his life and has been blessed with five children who have given us ten grandchildren. My grandson just turned five. And we expect our eleventh grandchild this holiday season. The children that were taken from us in Connecticut were around the same age as my grandchildren and I will hold them just a little bit closer to me today as our nation comes together to mourn the young students who passed away.

As parents, grandparents, teachers, brothers, sisters, and elders we must always support and encourage our children so they have the chance to experience the treasures of life. The journey of life is found in the education of our challenges and accomplishments, successes and hardships. Those experiences are one thing… and this tragedy is another. Hold your children close cherish and love them each and every day of their lives.


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