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Archive for February 2016

Barriers to Success: Overcoming Racial discrimination

Last night my wife and I saw the movie Race which depicted the life of Jesse Owens up to the time he won four Olympic Gold Medals in Track and Field at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. While I knew the essence of the story there was a lot in the movie I was not aware…

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The value of a shared vision, mission and core values

Here in the northwest one of the biggest cultural events for the Salish Tribes and others from the region is the Canoe Journey. This is a cultural tradition that has been revived over the last 25 years and it brings thousands together each year to celebrate their culture. There are 10 laws for those who…

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Developing Strong State/Tribal Relations

One of the hats I carry is I am a consultant with the Center for Partnership with States where I serve as a Tribal laison. Today I am back in Missouri meeting at the department of Social Services and with Native American organizations in the state. There are no federally recognized Tribes in this state.…

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The Power of Vision, Leadership and Political Will

I know this will be controversial but sometimes we need to think outside the circle to come up with more viable solutions. The biggest problem in Indian country is not a lack of resources. Now some of you may be thinking you have really lost it now. How can that be? Of course with more…

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Self care: The key to being in balance

I recently came back from interviewing a number of staff in a Tribal organization who deal with a lot of trauma. Many of the staff are also wounded warriors as is often the case. Many of them were dealing with some difficult issues which they shared with us. Several of them had some colds and…

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