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Archive for September 2016

Dealing with a “hostile work environment”

Recently I was reading about the superintendent of Yosemite National Park who had retired due to complaints among his staff of creating a hostile work environment. 14 of his staff had filed the complaint. In the complaint staff stated “that the environment is indeed toxic, hostile, repressive and harassing. I have worked with a number…

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The Way of the Otter

Today I will be doing a presentation called the Way of the Otter at the National Native American Human Resource Association annual conference in Portland, Oregon. This is about how you deal with stress in the workplace. I will start off by asking people what causes stress in their life. Some of the answers I…

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Using systems change to deal with drug epidemic in Tribal communities.

Today I am in Scottsdale, AZ where I will be presenting at the National Indian Health Board Conference on our model we developed which is called the Tribal Transformation Process. The title of the workshop will be Moving from Silos to Circles: The Lac Du Flambeau Experience. I have shared before that this is about…

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Happy Labor Day to All

I hope you all enjoy this Labor Day. A big thank you to all Tribal staff and everyone else who works to improve the lives of our people everyday. This includes our Tribal leaders and managers who have tremendous responsibilities and work so hard to make a difference. A big shout out to all those…

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Assimilation is not the solution

In a recent speech by one of the presidential candidates who will remain unnamed he cited the practice of assimilation as one of the best ways to help immigrants to make a successful transition into the dominant society. For Native Americans, and I dare say for all people of color, this has never worked. For…

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