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NICWA statement on proposed budget

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 New Trail of Tears

If you want to know why American Indians have the highest rates of poverty of any racial group, why suicide is the leading cause of death among Indian men, why native women are two and a half times more likely to be raped than the national average and why gang

Could there be a day, one day, without oil?

The Trump administration has been in office for less than a month — and already the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is again proceeding. Company officials say oil will be flowing by June. Yes, there is a flurry of activity around the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project that has cost

Goin’ down that road feeling Sam

I’ve been travelling down this road since about 1946 or ‘48. I’ve been seeing this road basically all my life. I’m 72 now, so it must’ve been before 1950 that I first saw that dirt road. Back in those days, it didn’t look like it does today. You can see

Birthday number 72: Butterflies, J. Walker

March 20. On that morning I woke up, walked outside my chickee hut, sat down in a rocking chair on my porch and greeted the day. I thought my mind was playing with me when I looked out in my yard: There were hundreds of butterflies flying all over the

Government contracts: Good business

The federal government spends nearly $350 billion a year on goods and services, making it the world’s largest consumer. Almost a year ago, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. (STOFI) Board of Directors made the decision to try to enter the federal government marketplace. We hired Dawn Houle, a Chippewa-Cree from

A moment of excitement

When I saw the billboard with $1.5 billion on it, I went and bought several Powerball tickets. People were lined up doing the same thing I was at our local country Brighton Trading Post. I selected all my numbers and marked them on the card. What was disappointing was none of the

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