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Overcoming the Suicide Option

Jun 8, 2018

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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BIA reorganization: A change is coming

May 25, 2018

As you may know the Department of Interior is proposing a major reorganization of its area offices throughout Indian country. They will start their Tribal consultation process on June 3 at the annual NCAI conference. This will be followed by 8 other regional meetings. This is their effort to improve the efficiency of the organization.…

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Abuse of power by Tribal leaders

May 23, 2018

As I go out and do my work in Indian country I listen to the concerns of the staff in Tribal organizations. One of the common themes that is cited is an abuse of power by Tribal leaders. This is a major issue most of the places I work in. One of the reasons this…

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How to build a high powered team

May 11, 2018

This next week I will be working with a Tribe here in my area on Team Building. I always enjoy this training as it is amazing how far you can take a team in a short amount of time. The trick is always how you maintain the momentum. I am a big basketball fan and…

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Another One Bites the Dust

May 9, 2018

Yesterday the current administration decided to not honor the Iran deal even though they had complied with all the requirements in the deal. As Tribal people we are well aware of how this feels. Every single treaty that was ever made with United States Tribes was changed or broken in some way. This lead to…

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Finding joy at work

May 7, 2018

Over the weekend we took our three beautiful grandchildren to a place called McDebbies Farm. It is a simple place with a bunch of farm and exotic animals which they can see and pet. There is also a nature walk with a lot of fun displays such as the minions, star wars and various animals.…

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Fort Laramie Treaty: Another Broken Promise

Apr 30, 2018

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

Apr 24, 2018

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

Apr 19, 2018

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

Apr 18, 2018

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

Apr 16, 2018

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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Remember accountable and accountability have nothing in common.

Apr 13, 2018

One of the ways to hold your staff accountable who are having performance problems is to write up a performance improvement plan or what is referred to as a PIP. This is a great way to give struggling employees an opportunity to succeed while holding them accountable for their past performance. It is essential to…

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