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Fort Laramie Treaty: Another Broken Promise

Today and tommorrow Tribal members from Crow, Mandan, Hidatsa, Mandan, Arapahoe and the Lakota Nation will be at a gathering to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Fort Laramie Treaty. There will be ceremonies, speakers and presentations on what was agreed upon and how the Tribes can negotiate with the government to honor the treaty…

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A New Day is Dawning

I am here on my home rez once again, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. It always feels so good to be here. Each time I come I see the progress the Tribe has made to improve the quality of life for all their Tribal members. It is important to note that this Tribe is one of…

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Rising to the challenge

By now I am sure you have all heard or seen the report about the southwest flight that had an engine blow out at 32,000 which resulted in an emergency landing. Over 20 minutes the passengers on board were all very fearful and some were texting their loved ones that they may not survive. During…

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Develop a sense of belonging

I recently read an article by David Brooks called The Blindness of Social Wealth. In it he cited that loneliness and depression are huge problems within our society. I can attest to this from my own experience which I know many of our people have struggled with at one time or another. A former Surgeon…

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Still poor after all these years

Tribal and urban Indian communities have made a lot of progress over the last 20 years in terms of reducing poverty in their communities. However, far too many of our people still struggle to rise above the devastating impacts of being in poverty. Native Americans are still the poorest ethnic group in the United States…

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