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College graduation rates

Recently there was an article which identified the graduation rates of various groups in the U.S. based on their income level. Those who were in the higher income group graduate at about 60% while those in the lower income group only graduate at about a 12% rate. Those in extreme poverty I am sure the…

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The benefits of a diverse Tribal organization

The Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, made a comment about how he didn’t think diversity was such a big deal. This is from a person who has a horse named Tonto. No joke! Well I beg to differ with him but Tribal organizations should strive to have as diverse a workforce as possible. In…

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Confederated Umatilla Tribes: Language a priority

Today I am working with the Umatilla Tribes here in Oregon. They are located in eastern Washington just off I-84 at the foothills of the rockies. I always enjoy coming here as the people are so warm and inviting and they have a very proud history. When I crossed the Columbia River I thought about…

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Spring is here: Time for renewal

Today I was helping take my granddaughters and my grandson to school which my wife and I do when we are not on the road. They were very excited as they had just got their ears pierced. Then they asked me when I was going to get my nose pierced as I had told them…

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Tribal leadership never been so critical

I just finished reading Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times by Nancy Koehn who teaches at Harvard Business School. The book is basicaShll a series of case studies of five well known leaders who are Ernest Shackleford, President Lincoln, Frederick Douglas, Dietrick Bonhoeffer and Rachel Carson. The two you may…

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