On Feb. 14, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, marking the 19th shooting on school grounds in 2018. When I first heard of this shooting, I immediately thought to myself ‘not again’ and was shocked, especially since the year
Many of the issues prevalent in Native American and African-American communities stem from centuries of psychological trauma and mistreatment, in addition to the fact that beneficial resources are not always readily available. In hip-hop, its origins are a direct result of slavery and its long-lasting effects. Historically, it was the type
After Thanksgiving, the holiday season seems to snowball into several different holidays during the month of December, including Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Years Eve, just to name a few. For many people, Christmas represents a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with family, friends and loved ones.
The following letter, written by President Mitchell Cypress, an Army and National Guard veteran, appeared in the programs for the Big Cypress and Brighton Veterans Day celebrations. To our Veterans and Guests, Today we celebrate, honor and remember our modern day warriors and heroes who so bravely fought and defended this great
“I am alive. Life is a gift. There is a reason I am still here.” These are the words Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Vice-chairman and President Mitchell Cypress wrote in his 2007 autobiography “Having Diabetes & Acting in an Honorable Way.” The book chronicles his journey overcoming obstacles he faced throughout
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) issued the following statement about President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget. On May 23, 2017, the White House released its fiscal year 2018 budget for federal agencies. This was the more detailed version of the budget blueprint, or “skinny budget,” that was
The following is USET SPF Testimony for the Record of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Hearing on, "H.R. 986, "Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017" April 12, 2017: United South and Eastern Tribes Sovereignty Protection Fund (USET SPF) is pleased to provide the
A couple of years ago a tribal leader showed me an abandoned lumber mill near the village of Tyonek, Alaska. The company promised jobs. And, for a time, for a couple of decades, there were those jobs. But after the resource was consumed, the mill closed, the company disappeared, and