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You never know

Apr 10, 2018

This morning I was at Office Max faxing a document and I saw on their wall: “You never know what someone else is dealing with so be kind always.” This is so true. When someone is short with us, rude or non-responsive so often we assume they are just a negative person or they have…

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The value of finding your purpose

Apr 9, 2018

The quote above is from Chief Sealth or what the dominant society refers to as Chief Seattle. One of the goals of any Tribal organization should be to get the right people in the right jobs. As part of that process it is your job to help Tribal staff find their purpose or what the…

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Let Freedom Ring!

Apr 4, 2018

Let us remember the spirit and beautifully legacy Dr. King left us 50 years ago when he left us at such an early age. As the song says: “The good they die young.” Many of the freedoms and civil rights we enjoy today are due to the sacrifice of Dr. King and so many others…

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How to hire the best and the brightest

Apr 3, 2018

One of the most important tasks any Tribal government has is to make sure you hire the best possible people throughout the Tribal organization. As a Tribal Council you should only be involved in hiring three key positions which are Human Resources, Finance Director and the Tribal Administrator or CEO. If you do your due…

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Tribal Servant Leadership

Apr 2, 2018

Servant Leadership is a trait that has never been needed more within our Tribal communities. This applies not only to our Tribal councils and more formal leadership positions but all Tribal members who serve in a leadership role at any given time. Leaders who put the best interests of the people first and who have…

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College graduation rates

Mar 28, 2018

Recently there was an article which identified the graduation rates of various groups in the U.S. based on their income level. Those who were in the higher income group graduate at about 60% while those in the lower income group only graduate at about a 12% rate. Those in extreme poverty I am sure the…

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The benefits of a diverse Tribal organization

Mar 27, 2018

The Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, made a comment about how he didn’t think diversity was such a big deal. This is from a person who has a horse named Tonto. No joke! Well I beg to differ with him but Tribal organizations should strive to have as diverse a workforce as possible. In…

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Confederated Umatilla Tribes: Language a priority

Mar 23, 2018

Today I am working with the Umatilla Tribes here in Oregon. They are located in eastern Washington just off I-84 at the foothills of the rockies. I always enjoy coming here as the people are so warm and inviting and they have a very proud history. When I crossed the Columbia River I thought about…

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Spring is here: Time for renewal

Mar 21, 2018

Today I was helping take my granddaughters and my grandson to school which my wife and I do when we are not on the road. They were very excited as they had just got their ears pierced. Then they asked me when I was going to get my nose pierced as I had told them…

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Tribal leadership never been so critical

Mar 19, 2018

I just finished reading Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times by Nancy Koehn who teaches at Harvard Business School. The book is basicaShll a series of case studies of five well known leaders who are Ernest Shackleford, President Lincoln, Frederick Douglas, Dietrick Bonhoeffer and Rachel Carson. The two you may…

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Meeting in Missouri for State/Tribal Relations

Mar 12, 2018

I am on my way to Missouri today. I have been working with the state, Native American organizations and Tribes on how to improve their consultation process. They have come a long ways over the last three years. Now the goal is to train all the front line staff at the county level on ICWA…

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Honor our Native Women: International Women’s Day

Mar 8, 2018

Let us take time to give thanks to all our magnificent Native women who work so hard to make our lives better every day in every way. While there has been tremendous progress in the advancement of women’s rights we still have a long ways to go on issues of equal pay, career advancement, opportunities…

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