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Dr. King’s words uncannily depict today’s America

Opinion. At the end of 2020, most Americans – including those in Indian Country – breathed a sigh of relief and hoped aloud for a better year in 2021. The politics of 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic proved to be traumatic for Americans.

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The attack last week on the U.S. Capitol was an attack on every peaceful citizen who believes in a representational democracy in which all races, genders, ethnicities, and creeds have a place at the table. I and others in my circle of relationships name the attack for what it is—an insurrection, fueled by white supremacy and fringe conspiracy theories.

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Hau Mitakuyepi, cante waste nape ciyuazape ksto. Hello, my relatives, I greet you with a good heart. As we enter a new year, I hope this message finds you and your family well.

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Opinion. On September 11, 2001, 40 brave Americans—true patriots—came to the realization the jet plane they were on had been hijacked by four foreign terrorists. The flight originated in Newark, N.J. and was bound for San Francisco. The hijackers diverted the jet towards the dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Because of their bravery, the would-be flying weapon—United Airlines Flight 93—was diverted to an empty field in rural Pennsylvania. Each year on Sept. 11, Americans remember these patriots who died that day. Their bravery saved the U.S. Capitol, one of America’s most treasured landmarks, from destruction by the evil of foreign terrorists.

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Opinion. As the end of Trump administration approaches, a few large-scale mining and energy projects on federal lands appear to hastily be moving towards final approval in an effort to ensure that these projects move ahead even after President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. takes office.

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Opinion. The end of a year brings back memories of the events that transpired during the course of the past 365 days. It also provides a time to look forward to possibilities.

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Opinion.Editor’s Note: This commentary was originally published by Native News Online in December 2013. It has been updated to reflect 130 years that have passed since the tragic day.

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It is hard to believe that we are rapidly coming to a close of this year and all of us have been through so much change and growth together. As we will celebrate the Christmas holiday and just days later, the beginning of a new year, we can all agree that 2020 has been quite the year, and clearly, the 2020 holiday season will be unlike any other in modern history.

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Merry Christmas 2020

Among the most powerful tenets of the Christmas story has been for two millennia "Peace on Earth." The Ojibwe believe "to love is know peace. You must love yourself in order to love another."

Among our readers, I realize there are differing views on the celebration of Christmas. However you may celebrate this season, Happy Holidays. Be safe and be well!

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When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, 'Ours.'