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Archive for December 2017

The day the sacred hoop was broken

Today marks the 127th anniversary date of the Wounded Knee Massacre. As you may know 300 men, women and children were murdered by the 7th cavalry on this fateful day. It was the last major conflict between the U.S. government and Tribes. One of our prophets, Black Elk. said the sacred hoop was broken at…

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Building synergy with your team

Yesterday was the first day of the teambuilding part of the week long training. It went very well. One of the first topics we covered were the five dysfunctions of a team which is based on a book that came out years ago. The first one is a lack of trust. I shared that a…

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The wisdom of our leaders

One of the participants in the training yesterday was Antone Minton, the former Tribal Chairman of the Umatilla Tribe. He was there Tribal chairman for 26 years. He took the Tribe from a place of limited opportunity to being one of the most progressive Tribes in the nation. Now he is a volunteer with the…

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On the road with the Umatilla Tribe

This week I am back working with the Umatilla Tribe which is actually three Tribes that reside here. From the picture above you can see how beautiful there land is. I will be working with the Tribal language program staff all week. The first two days we will focus on strategic planning. Today we will…

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May the force be with the resistance

Went to see The Last Jedi last night. I did enjoy it. I especially liked the metaphor about the resistance taking on overwhelming odds. It is not unlike what progressives, Indigenous people and other targeted groups are facing with the current leaders in Congress. One of the underlying themes was why it was so important…

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