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Guest Opinion. The United States Supreme Court’s history and jurisprudence is rooted in a colonial violence, Indigenous land dispossession, genocide, and slavery, but we are still surprised when, in 2022, it determines a woman no longer has a Constitutional right to bodily autonomy. Why? I turned this question inward and now share my thoughts as an Indigenous woman, as a lawyer in the field of federal Indian law, and as someone who has an interest in seeing this country turn from its violent colonial origins toward mutually beneficial governance practices rooted in trust.

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Guest Opinion. The Cherokee Nation’s 7,000 square-mile reservation is a special place, full of vibrant culture and fascinating history. Through public art, we honor and enhance our culture and history. Public art ensures that all people on our reservation, whether they live here or are just visiting, can find beauty and curiosity about the Cherokee people’s rich heritage.

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Editor's Note: This opinion was first published last year on June 19, 2021. It is being republished today as the nation celcbrate the Juneteenth fedeal holiday.

Opinion. President Joe Biden signed the legislation into law on Thursday that makes Juneteenth a national holiday. Juneteenth, also called Freedom Day, celebrates June 19, 1865, the date the people of Texas were informed slavery was over.

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Opinion. Last year, about a week after news broke about the buried remains of 215 innocent school children at the Kamloops Industrial Residential School in Canada’s British Columbia province, I reported on a rally in my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Guest Opinion. The great Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller is remembered for being a defender, mentor, mother and leader. She demonstrated grit and determination, fought for justice for Native Americans, and inspired us to do more to help ourselves as a people. She made the world better, fairer and more just. She did all this, by the way, at an early age before she ever held public office. Once she became Principal Chief, she just kept on changing the world.

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Haskell Institute, founded as United States Indian Industrial Training, was an Indian boarding school in Lawrence, Kansas that was established in 1884.  During the boarding school era, children were brought there by force — sometimes in child-sized handcuffs — and put into a re-education program. The legacy of the boarding school era still resonates today.

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Opinion. Walking into the crowded community room at the Cherokee Casino in Tahlequah, Oklahoma last Monday, I could feel the anticipation from the crowd of more than 500 as they awaited the release of the Wilma Mankiller quarter by the U.S.Mint. There were many there who Mankiller once served as the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, as well as many not yet born during her administration. Regardless, they were there to honor her great legacy.

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Guest Opinion. It’s a high priority for Cherokee Nation that our citizens can easily get around our 7,000-square-mile reservation. Well-built and maintained transportation infrastructure improves lives, making it easier to commute to jobs, go to the doctor, buy groceries and other essentials, and visit friends and family. As a sovereign government, we have the power and responsibility to meet these transportation needs.

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Guest Commentary. The U.S. inflation rate recently hit a 40-year high, leading many Americans to ask themselves what they can do to stay afloat during challenging financial times.

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Opinion. The GPS directed us down a residential street in eastern Nebraska to the Genoa U.S. Indian Industrial School Museum. To my surprise, what remains of the 640-acre site that was once the fourth largest non-reservation Indian boarding school are just two buildings. They’re in close proximity to each other, including a museum that originally served as the boys’ dormitory.