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Archive for June 2018

Trends in Indian country

It is heartbreaking to see the images of the young children, mothers and families who are being incarcerated in very inhumane conditions along the border and in detention centers in 17 states across the country. Of course as Tribal people we have been through this previously when we were first placed on reservations and when…

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Indian remains repatriated

Today it was announced that the remains of four Native American children were returned to their Tribes from Carlisle Indian Boarding School from 100 years ago. The picture you see above is the cemetery at the old boarding school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania which is no longer there. It looks like Arlington cemetary and is one…

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Meeting the needs of your people

Customer service is an important issue that more and more Tribal organizations are beginning to understand. The old attitude was that it did not matter how we treated those we serve because we were the only “game” in town and that they will always come back no matter what. First of all this is not…

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A victory for Tribal sovereignty

Today was a good day for Tribal sovereignty on a couple of fronts. The first was the Supreme Court upheld a federal appellate court ruling which ordered the state of Washington to spend Billions of dollars to restore salmon habits for Tribal fisheries in the state of Washington. We haven’t won many battles with the…

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Overcoming the Suicide Option

I was readying an article on suicide today in the New York Times and it has become an epidemic in parts of the country outside of Indian Country so more people are paying attention to it. However we have been dealing with it for quite awhile. Some Tribal communities have made tremendous progress addressing it…

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