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Archive for July 2016

Taking on the status quo

When President Obama ran for president he was attacked like no one before him. It got very ugly with people saying he was not a citizen of the U.S. and that he was not Christian. And then once he was elected the animosity did not let up as every piece of legislation he proposed was…

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Tribes build stronger ties with federal and state governments

One of the themes from the BIA conference on Partners in Action for the midwest region was the importance of forming partnerships between Tribes, the federal and state governments. This was emphasized by Karen Diver who works in the President’s Native American office of Special affairs and it was ecchoed by a number of the…

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Principled Centered Tribal Leadership

Our Tribal leaders have a very tough job so I am not questioning that. However, for far too many it is on the job training as some have never been actively been involved with Tribal government previously let alone being in a leadership position. Some are very conscientious and put the time and effort into…

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This Too Shall Pass

So this morning I was at the dentist having a crown removed as then filling in a cavity while they replaced the crown. When they were drilling it felt like it would go on forever. It was not painful but I wanted it to be over for sure. It seemed like half an hour but…

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All My Relatons

During these troubling times we have seen the issue of race dividing our country once again. Of course it has been there since the U.S. government was first formed when slavery was sanctioned and people of color had virtually no rights. The words of life, liberty and happiness that President Jefferson wrote about were only…

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