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Archive for July 2018

Whistleblowers: Courage under fire

Yesterday was National Whistleblowers Day. They had a large gathering in D.C. to honor those who have been whistleblowers in the government and in other organizations. Most Tribal organizations have a whistleblower policy in place. In some cases it could be strengthened which is important because if you don’t have very clear policies in regard…

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Rez dogs are the best

Yesterday we met with the director of the Springfield Indian Center, Ken Estes. He used to have a dog like the one above called stretch which is an appropriate name for this breed of dog. He is a Tribal member and he loved his dog very much. He took him with him to all of…

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As Wambli soars so do we

The latest assault on our way of life is this administration is taking steps to eliminate the endangered species act. Among other things it could very well mean the extinction of eagles at least here in the lower 48 states. They would probably be gone now if it were not for the work of Rachel…

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Keepers of the Fire

I am on my second day at the partners in action BIA conference hosted by the Potawatomi Tribe here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They are known as the keepers of the fire which is a very important and sacred responsibility. Today my partner Ryan Champagne and I presented on the topic of a Community of Hope.…

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The future of Tribal affairs

This week I am at the BIA Partners in Action conference here in Milwaukee, WS for the midwest region. As you all know one of the major proposed policy changes for the BIA is a total reorganization. The good news is there is Tribal consultation that has already started and will continue throughout Indian country.…

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