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Archive for August 2018

Do your best

Do your best is one of the Four Agreements which I absolutely love as you know if you follow my writings. And of course it speaks to continuous quality improvement. As I watched part of Aretha Franklin’s funeral or rather it was more of a celebration of her life I am reminded that she always…

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Principled leadership by Senator John McCain

This weekend we lost an american hero, Senator John McCain from Arizona. I don’t care what side of the aisle you are on or if you are in the middle you have to be a fan of the legacy of Senator McCain. One of things he was known for was being a maverick. He was…

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Coming home: The Hunka Ceremony

All Tribes have their version of the making of a relative ceremony which we call the Hunka ceremony. The picture above is of Kyrie Irving, the NBA basketball star, and his sister, who were adopted into the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Mr. Irving was given the name Little Mountain and his sister, Buffalo Woman. In…

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A return to traditional values

So the other day I wrote about the book by William Hensley called Fifty Miles from Tommorrow about his journey as a trailblazer activist for Alaska Native sovereignty. I listed all his many accomplishments which were very impressive. One that I did not list was his coming up with the idea to have a spirit…

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Native Leadership at its finest

I just finished reading a book by William Hensley entitled: Fifty Miles From Tommorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People. I had seen him speak on C-span on his book recently and I was so impressed I had to get the book. I have taught classes on Native American leadership in the past…

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