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In the late 1990s, I testified before a joint legislative committee of the Michigan Legislature about the benefits of tribal gaming casinos on tribal citizens. Before I began, I introduced myself and noted I was a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

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Native Americans in California and across the country lost two giants on the same day at the end of December—Joseph Myers and Chairman Marshall McKay. Both were my longtime friends. Their influence and fierce protection of our culture and traditions were invaluable. Mr. Myers was a leader in fostering legal justice and a pioneer in tribal law and successfully helped  reverse the termination of 17 California Indian Rancherias. He passed away from long-term cardiac issues. Chairman McKay, who passed from the novel coronavirus, co-founded the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation on the board of the National Museum of the American Indian and served as the first Indigenous Chair of the Autry Museum of the American West and led his tribe to economic sustainability. Both accomplished much more than I can list here.

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Opinion. As Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, across America, many tribal, federal, state and local governments will be closed to honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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.