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Native Leadership at its finest

Aug 20, 2018

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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Saving our way of life

Aug 17, 2018

Tribes have been the victims of environmental genocide since the Intruders first arrived to our land. The philosopher John Locke said the land had to be utilized in order for it to have any value. This and the concept of Manifest Destiny allowed the government to justify taking our land and causing massive environmental damage…

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Say a Little Prayer for me

Aug 16, 2018

Aretha was an icon for the ages. Her legacy will live on forever. What a life! I celebrated her life by watching several You Tube clips of her singing Say a Little Prayer for me, American the Beautiful at President Obamas Inaugaration and Natural Woman. The only time I saw her perform was at the…

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You are only as sick as the secrets you keep

Aug 15, 2018

I am sure you are aware of the devastating report in the state of Pennsylvania regarding the sexual abuse by Catholic Priests over the last 30 years. They identified over 300 who had committed these crimes against young children. It is estimated that there were well over 1,000 victims and most likely far more as…

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Healing our Racial Divide

Aug 10, 2018

Today marks the 6th anniversary of the Travon Martin police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri which started the Black Lives Matter movement. It is also the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville, Virginia riot which resulted in one death. It is true we have come a long ways in terms of our racial conflicts in this…

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Finding your purpose

Aug 9, 2018

As a supervisor one of your major responsibilities is to make sure you have the right people in the right positions. In order to do this you have to help your staff find their true purpose. Now most of them may already have this knowledge but others not so much. If someone is unhappy with…

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Motivating staff to be their best

Aug 7, 2018

I love the T.V. show Undercover Boss. It is one of the most inspiring shows on television and it has a powerful message to top management within Tribal organizations. The basic premise of the show is that management goes undercover to find out what their staff are doing at all levels of the organization and…

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Good grief Charlie Brown

Aug 6, 2018

This is a pictue of the Orca in Puget Sound waters who has been carrying her dead baby for going on 12 days now. Normally they only do it for one or two days. Obviously she is in profound grief. This got me thinking about staff who go back to work while they are still…

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Government declares poverty is gone

Aug 2, 2018

Amazing but the current administration has basically declared that poverty is not an issue in our society anymore. And the way they are cutting social programs and poverty programs specifically they are acting as if that is the case. A recent report from the United Nations stated that poverty is still alive and well here…

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Whistleblowers: Courage under fire

Jul 31, 2018

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

Jul 27, 2018

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

Jul 24, 2018

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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